Fifth overall pick: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
With the pick that they currently possess, the best case scenario is that the Bucs will draft linebacker Josh Allen from Kentucky as the fifth overall player in the draft. Josh Allen is a clear first pick for a number of reasons.
Allen had an impressive combine with a 4.63 second 40-yard dash and 28 reps on the bench press all weighing in at 262 pounds. Allen clearly possesses the physical characteristics to line up at the outside linebacker position and wreak havoc on defenses in a number of ways.
Perhaps more impressive than his physical ability is Allen’s film. Allen was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 with an incredible 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss for the Kentucky Wildcats. Josh Allen basically lived in the backfield for the duration of his senior year playing against teams with established offensive lines such as Mississippi State, Georgia, Florida, and Texas A&M.
Even if Devin White remains on the board with the fifth overall pick, Josh Allen is the obvious selection as elite pass rushers in this league are at a much higher premium and demand than linebackers. Landing Allen would give the Buccaneers a huge boost to start the 2019 NFL Draft.