11th overall pick via Cincinnati: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
The 11th pick is where the Bucs will then have a decision to make, but should still lean towards pass-rushers. In this scenario, if Devin White and Montez Sweat are on the board, the Buccaneers should take Montez Sweat.
While some believe that former linebacker Kwon Alexander has to be replaced immediately, an outside pass-rusher, especially one that can play linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme, is something that the Buccaneers desperately need after their defensive transition. The Buccaneers have less of a need for an inside linebacker due to the recent signing of Deone Bucannon, but if this is a need that persists they can look to fill Alexander’s vacant spot in the later rounds.
Montez Sweat played in the SEC for Mississippi State, and while not as dominant as Josh Allen on the field, Sweat had a stellar combine. Sweat ran a jaw-dropping 4.41 second 40-yard dash, which was on par with safeties and cornerbacks. This speed will surely translate to the occasional coverage that Sweat would drop into for the 3-4 outside linebacker position. In addition, Sweat also had 12 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in his final season for the Mississippi State Bulldogs after transferring from Michigan State.