In a new mock draft released by NFL.com’s Chad Reuter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass up on linebacker Devin White for an elite pass rusher.
NFL.com’s Chad Reuter posted a full seven-round mock draft on Friday, a draft which included a handful of trades. In this draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers land Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen with the sixth overall pick in the draft.
Yes, that is correct, the sixth pick in the draft. In Reuter’s draft, quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Drew Lock go first and second overall to the Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders respectively. This causes the New York Giants to panic and swap draft locations with the Buccaneers and take Daniel Jones with the fifth overall pick.
It would be hard to imagine a better case scenario for the Buccaneers, other than Quinnen Williams falling to the sixth overall pick. However, the idea of moving back just one spot, adding a handful of draft assets, and still landing a top-three player in this draft would fast track general manager Jason Licht and the Buccaneers towards winning the draft.
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Licht knows he could use a win in the draft as it could be his last if he has struck out in the past. Adding Allen would allow him to breathe easy heading into the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Also added by Tampa Bay in this seven round mock draft include Penn State running back Miles Sanders and Ohio State defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones on day-two of the draft.
On day-three of Reuter’s mock, the Buccaneers land Northern Illinois offensive tackle Max Scharping, Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson, Florida Atlantic linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, and Troy cornerback Blace Brown.
In addition, the Buccaneers landed Massachusetts wide receiver Andy Isabella and Utah safety Marquise Blair with the picks added in the trade with the Giants. Reuter projects the Buccaneers to land a 2019 third and fourth rounds and a future 2020 pick as well in their trade with New York.
While the first round may be a slam dunk for the Buccaneers, the rest of the picks could use some improving upon. However, having the ability to land the SEC Defensive Player of the Year from one year ago would give the Buccaneers a day-one starter and a perennial superstar off the edge to pair with free agent signing Shaquil Barrett.
With only one player in double-digit sacks in 2018, adding Allen would provide the Buccaneers an immediate upgrade off the edge as he had 17.5 sacks alone during his senior season. While Devin White is a good player, Tampa Bay cannot afford to pass on Allen if he is on the board when it is their turn to pick.