Unwrapping a Bucs 2024 NFL Mock Draft featuring shiny new toys

It's our Christmas edition, and this year, Bucs fans were most certainly on the nice list.

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3. Sedrick Van Pran. . player. . Sedrick Van Pran. . Sedrick Van Pran. 527. IOL

Watching the Bucs this season, one thing is abundantly clear on offense. This team needs to figure out how to run the ball a whole lot better. That's easier said than done, too, because the Bucs have a few areas that need to improve in order to run the ball more effectively.

One of those things, though, is on the interior line. Ryan Jensen has been out with injury, which has hurt the team mightily in this area. 2023 second-round pick, Cody Mauch, has been atrocious in run blocking this season and fans are hoping he can take a big leap in Year 2 next season. The interior line has simply been bad. There's no other way to put it.

That's why drafting Georgia's Sedrick Van Pran in the third round is an absolute home run. Van Pran is a clear Day 2 prospect who could go in either the second or the third round, and he's one of the top three centers in the class. Being able to slide to guard is also a possibility for Van Pran, which gives the Bucs some flexibility with Jensen returning, too.

Van Pran is 6-foot-4, 310 pounds with a super compact, strong frame. He is an explosive athlete for his size, which makes him an attractive asset in the run game. Adding Van Pran to this line, with a healthy Jensen in 2024, will dramatically improve their rushing attack, as will this next pick.