Before-the-season 2020 mock draft for Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Cory Kinnan
5.136: Jordon Scott, DL, Oregon
Another knock on the Buccaneers this year has been their lack of depth in the defensive trenches outside of Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh. William Gholston will start opposite Suh with Beau Allen rotating in to give the starters a breather off of the bench.
These are the only players with significant playing time in the NFL as Rakeem Nunez-Roches occupies the last piece of depth on the roster along the defensive front. However, the draft is not the only way to add talent to a roster and players can be added via free agency as well; the Buccaneers wait until the fifth round here to add defensive lineman Jordon Scott from the University of Oregon.
Listed at 6-1 and 322 pounds, Scott could be a solid piece in the Bucs’ rotation should Vea need a breather in the middle of the defensive line. Suh, Allen, and Nunez-Roches are set to hit free agency this offseason as well, so even if Tampa adds big time talent on the open market, their depth will be severely lacking.
Entering his junior year with the Ducks, Scott has tallied nine tackles for loss and two sacks while also piling on 36 total tackles as well. However, in order to examine Scott’s worth, it may be more necessary to take a look at Oregon’s linebacker Troy Dye’s statistics; he has recorded over 100 tackles, 20 of which have come behind the line of scrimmage, and five sacks playing behind Scott.
The Oregon big boy is a space eater who could clear blockers for Devin White and Lavonte David for the Buccaneers defensively. They add Scott here in the fifth round as the 2020 draft is winding down.