Buccaneers address all three phases in final seven round mock draft

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With the 91st overall pick, the Buccaneers select Dameon Pierce – RB (Florida)

The Buccaneers, like most it not all teams in the NFL, have shown that they have a bit of a pattern when it comes to which colleges and universities they draft their players from. The University of Washington has also produced two of the last four Bucs’ first-round draft picks in the form of Vita Vea and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka. Given the quality of the two defenders thus far, we may see more Huskies play for the Buccaneers. However, in recent years Licht has also shown a tendency to draft players from schools in Florida. This makes sense, considering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their home games in, you guessed it, Tampa Bay, Florida. This is where this comes into play.

Leonard Fournette is back in Tampa Bay, as is Giovanni Bernard. However, Ronald Jones is gone, and a replacement is still needed even with Ke’Shawn Vaughn still in the fold. Running back is the most expendable position in all of sports, so with that being the case, the third round is an appropriate place to take a swing on a quality prospect. Usually, it’s the later the better, but round three is as early as a team should go.

Dameon Pierce could step in and fill the role Jones is leaving behind nicely. Despite being built like a mack truck compared to other college running backs, Pierce was not used as often as he probably should have been as a Gator, so there’s plenty of tread let on the ol’ tires. He should sustain considering the Bucs will use him as more of a rotational back, as the result of this draft steal.