Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bucs:
EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)
26. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)
As much as the Titans have struggled to get to the quarterback (as noted in the pick above), that has been one of the team strengths for the Bucs (47 sacks, third in NFL). That said, Shaquil Barrett (eight sacks) is playing this season on the franchise tag and the 32-year-old (as of today) Jason Pierre-Paul (team-high 9.5 sacks) will enter the final year of his contract in 2021.
Taking an indirect path from being the No. 3 recruit in the 2017 ESPN 300
to a potential first-round pick, Phillips has eight sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss over 10 games in his first season for the Hurricanes.
San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)
25. Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
Ndamukong Suh, Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Steve McLendon will all be free agents. Weaver harassed quarterbacks all season long while producing 7.5 sacks (tied for 14th in the nation) with three forced fumbles (tied for fifth in the nation).
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)
26. Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
Tampa Bay might be one of the more dangerous teams in the NFC and a true threat to the Green Bay Packers atop the conference. But looking to 2021, they might want to upgrade their defensive line, particularly at edge. That leads them to Joseph Ossai from Texas. Ossai is a bit of a raw prospect who has seen time both on the edge and as a weakside linebacker. He's best when asked to put his hand in the dirt, attack off the edge and get after the quarterback.
Todd Bowles can use him immediately as a pass rusher, and then fill in some of the rest of his game around what he offers on day one in terms of attacking the passer. His length, athleticism and explosiveness are skills any defense can use.
PFF - Gayle (12/29)
26. Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
The wheels haven't fallen off for Tom Brady just yet, but investing in the heir apparent for the future Hall of Fame signal-caller could be a worthwhile option for Tampa Bay. The biggest knock on Trask is that his arm talent isn't on par with the top prospects in this class, but his improvement from 2019 to 2020 is significant enough for a team with a viable starter to look take a flyer on him late in Round 1.
CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)
26. Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Shaq Barrett is playing on the franchise tag and Jason Pierre-Paul's contract expires after the 2021 season. Extremely active off the edge, Ojulari regularly finds himself in the backfield as a disruptive presence.
Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)
26. Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh
Jones is a lanky, explosive athlete with a great hanging rip move that really puts pressure on offensive tackles to counter and run him up the arc and past where he wants to end up. He can flatten out and soften rush angles and displays good flexibility as a pass rusher.
His work against the run leaves a lot to be desired from a physical perspective, but his hanging rip pass rush move he uses to win the arc is enough to work through the time it takes for him to develop against the run.
PFF - Renner (12/23)
22. Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa
Yet another massive riser over the course of the fall. Nixon was an ironman for Iowa's defense, averaging nearly 60 snaps a game for the Hawkeyes. While his seven sacks are a bit inflated -- he managed only 23 pressures -- Nixon is a battering ram on the interior that the Bucs could use with Ndamukong Suh only on a one-year deal.
Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)
22. Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)
The Buccaneers don't have many on-paper needs, which makes the move a best-player-available pick. Rousseau opted out this season but in 2019 showed a dominant streak with 19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. He's raw, but his ceiling is unlimited.
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