Round 1, Pick 5: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
One day in the distant future, NFL scouts and general managers may look back at Rashan Gary and name him to the all-overhyped team. While Gary is ultra athletic, the former number one recruit in the nation out of high school has never lived up to the hype. Now with the 2019 NFL Draft just two weeks away, Gary is likely to hear his name called in the top-ten.
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The absolute worst-case scenario for the Buccaneers would be to make Gary the fifth overall pick in the draft on the opening night of the draft. Sure, Gary has quite a bit of upside, but if he never put it together in three years at one of the largest programs in college football, then what switch would all of a sudden get flipped at the next level?
In three seasons on the Wolverine defensive front, Gary tallied just 23 tackles for loss and nine and a half sacks. To put this lack of production into perspective, top-five lock Josh Allen from the University of Kentucky recorded 21.5 tackles for loss and 17 sacks in 2018 alone.
While the defensive side of the ball is a major point of focus for the Buccaneers to zone in on during the draft, Gary is not the guy to put in the pewter and red. Even if Allen and Quinnen Williams are off of the board, Ed Oliver, Devin White, or Montez Sweat would serve as better options than Gary for Tampa Bay.