7-round Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Draft after 2024 NFL Combine

Now that the NFL Combine is in the books, the Buccaneers draft plans are a little clearer.
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Round 6, Pick 204: Frank Gore Jr., RB/Southern Miss

After addressing the secondary and the offensive line, while also getting richer with another top pass rusher, the Bucs can look for another potential luxury pick at running back.

Rachaad White is the team's clear-cut RB1, but the Bucs need to think about filling out depth behind him. Todd Bowles said as much at the NFL Combine, noting that he'd like to see the team add another running back and the cheapest way to do that will be with a sneaky Day 3 gamble. That could lead the team to drafting Frank Gore Jr., the son of former NFL star Frank Gore.

Tampa Bay doesn't need to replicate White, instead, it needs to find a back or two who can complement his skills. That's what makes free agent options like AJ Dillon and Ezekiel Elliott so intriguing as they're bigger backs who can help in short-yardage situations. Gore is a blend between those guys and White, as he proved to be capable in the Southern Miss passing game while being a smaller back who can offer a different dynamic out of the backfield.

He's more comparable to what the Bucs were looking to get out of Chase Edmonds. What Gore would offer is a younger option to Edmonds but someone who has shown the ability to be an Austin Ekeler type where he can run between the tackles thanks to his stature but can move the chains with his pass-catching ability that could force defenses to overthink how to defend him when he's on the field.

Tampa Bay should look to add a running back out of this class, and Gore feels like tremendous value as a high-upside lottery ticket pick on Day 3.