The world is a better place with year-round draft content, and in a recent 2020 mock draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers add another cornerback.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken exactly six defensive backs over the last two NFL Drafts. However in a 2020 mock draft published by FanSided’s Patrick Schmidt today, the Buccaneers use their tenth overall pick (determined by betting odds) to select Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs.
Considering the Buccaneers have put their faith behind Vernon Hargreaves and Carlton Davis while drafting Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean this year, it seems highly unlikely they will once again take a cornerback. However, that was also said this year entering the 2019 NFL Draft.
At the tenth pick in the draft, however, may mean the Buccaneers have a good enough record and a good enough performance from Jameis Winston to keep him around after his contract year. This would mean the team can look to upgrade the talent at other positions in need like the offensive and defensive line.
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However, Diggs remains a name to keep an eye on as a potential top prospect as the 2019 season is set to begin. Diggs played just six games a year ago, recording one pick, 18 solo tackles, and six passes defended.
"“The Buccaneers could be looking for a new quarterback if Jameis Winston doesn’t take to Bruce Arians’ offense. But cornerback is also an area of need with the uncertain future of Vernon Hargreaves. Trevon Diggs is the latest elite corner to come out of the secondary school of Nick Saban” (Schmidt via FanSided)."
Diggs joins the list of Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, and Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown as players who have been mocked way too early to the Buccaneers. If the Buccaneers have an early pick, then the pick will more than likely be a quarterback like Herbert, but if they pick outside of the top ten, then they may go elsewhere.
Training camp is underway and football is about to kick back into gear. Should the Buccaneers shock the entire league and live up to the hype that new head coach Bruce Arians has brought to Tampa, then they could be picking much later than the tenth pick in the draft.