Buccaneers 7-round mock draft: Tampa Bay reloads on defense and takes some offensive lottery tickets

It’s starting to look like the Bucs will have a top 10 pick to start building for the future.

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player. Alabama. Jermaine Burton. Jermaine Burton. 199. Jermaine Burton. . . Wide Receiver. 523

Similar to the quarterback prospects, the Buccaneers hold off on adding any receive threat until the final round of the draft, where they give Mayfield and Ward a true-deep threat wide receiver in Burton. With the passing of NFL WRs DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Jameson Williams, and John Metchie III, Burton remains on the Crimson Tide for his fourth collegiate season.

After catching 53 passes for 901 yards and eight touchdowns in his first two seasons at Georgia, Burton entered the transfer portal ahead of the 2022 season. With the opportunity to join any of the nation's premier programs, Burton took his talents to Tuscaloosa for the 2022 season.

In his first season with the Crimson Tide, Burton caught 40 passes for 677 yards, seven touchdowns, and four 80+ yard games, all career-highs. Throughout the season, Burton was one of QB Bryce Young's favorite targets, and came up huge in multiple games last season.

This season, Burton has continued to play well in key moments for the Crimson Tide, catching 33 passes for 749 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, while catching 50+ yards in eight of ten games. In Alabama's week six meeting with Texas A&M, Burton enjoyed a career-best performance, notching nine receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns to led the Crimson Tide to a 26-20 comeback win over the Aggies.

At 6'0" and 194 pounds, Burton has all the tools of an NFL deep-threat receiver. Add in blazing speed in the form of a 4.40 40-yard dash, and an excellent combination of foot speed and hip flexibility, Burton is an exellent pass catcher at all three levels of the field.

With his high-level agility, Burton can quickly stack direction changes and manipulate space, as well as adjust attack angles off the snap. For his size, Burton hand strength is very impressive, as his strong hands allows him to haul in passes amidst immediate contact, even when actively tracking downfield.

Obviously, Burton's physical frame does raise durability concerns in the NFL, as smaller wide receivers are typically unable to withstand the body shots and rough hits from defensive players. For instance, the Alabama product isn’t an overwhelming size threat and lacks elite length. Simply put, Burton doesn’t quite have breakaway speed and can’t always outrun faster defenders to the end zone, and his lack of elite agility causes him to gather himself after sharp cuts.