A lot of people are currently doing 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, so I decided why not try one myself. Disclaimer: I’m just doing this for fun.
Round 1 #5: If Jason Licht doesn’t pull one of his fancy schmancy trades that he oh so loves to do, then I believe we will select an offensive lineman.
So, with the possibility that we will have our pick of the litter come pick #5, I’ll start off with Greg Little OT out of Ole Miss.
Little is BIG! Considering we didn’t have a shot at Quentin Nelson last year, I think if Little is there we pounce! I know everyone wants Greedy Williams, and constantly stating that Tampa missed out of Derwin James and Jalen Ramsey. But I don’t believe we go secondary with the first pick. In fact, I am more of a believer that Licht finds one of these QB needy teams, and he makes a blockbuster trade down, earning us more picks. But if that turns out not to be the case, then we go big at #5 and select Little.
Round 2 #39: This may just rub some the wrong way, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say we go running back. if we can get at a couple of these studs. David Montgomery out of Iowa State, Benny Snell Jr out of Kentucky, or Joshua Jacobs out of Alabama. If any of these guys are there at #39, they should be a snatch and grab. However, my personal preference is the stud back out of Florida Atlantic, Devin Singletary. Singletary has crazy numbers in college. During 38 games he rushed for 4,287 yards and 66 touchdowns. He is 5’9 200 lbs making him a little light in the pants, but that isn’t really a concern for me if he is to be a change of pace back, one that we desperately need. He can catch out of the backfield, although that wasn’t his main use due to the fact he can run the ball like no one’s business.
Round 3 # 70: Now we look at secondary. As far as cornerbacks go, I think we will be ok. I know Grimes will be leaving a gaping hole in the position, but here I think it will be time to look at the safety position. Chauncey Gardner, S out of Florida stands out to me as in 35 games he played very well. He recorded 9 INTs with 3 going for TDs, 208 tackles, and 12 passes defended. Pretty solid numbers, but he is not the guy I’d prefer to be selected here. The guy I want, if he’s on the board, is Juan Thornhill out of Virginia. In 38 games this talented safety recorded 208 tackles, 13 INTs for 177 yards in returns, 27 passes defended, 1.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. He is a beast and may not be there at #70 but in my opinion, if he is there, then he is wearing a Bucs jersey in 2019.
Round 4 #100: If this guy is there, then there should be no doubt that this is the pick: Tre Lamar ILB out of Clemson. At 6’4 250 lbs, this guy is an absolute monster. In 34 games he recorded, 146 tackles, 8 sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. With injuries and questions as to who will remain on the team, adding to the linebacker position will be a must. I certainly hope this young player is there at #100. He is an absolute Gem.
Round 5 #134: This will piss in a lot of people’s cereal, but we will need some competition at the backup position, and unless we are thinking of bringing in a free agent or trying to stick with either of the Ryans, then this is where I would grab a QB. My preference is Will Grier out of Virginia. Now there is probably no chance he is there, at #134, but if he is, then it’s another snatch and dash. Grier in 28 games, and between two different teams; Florida and Virginia, he recorded 8,556 passing yards, 81 TDs, and only 23 INTs. Now, he has the numbers to go in the first two rounds, but he could easily fall, and hopefully, he could fall to us in the 5th. Not really, putting too much faith into that happening, but it again, he would be my preferred target in the 5th. If he’s not there, then I would still go with a QB and look at Jake Browning out of Washington. Browning in 53 games he recorded 12,296 passing yards, 94 TDs, only 34 INTs. I would be completely comfortable with Browning at #134.
Round 6 we traded to Arizona as compensation for hiring Bruce Arians and received a 7th round pick.
Round 7 #191: This is the first pick of the 7th round so we will have our pick of all the scraps that remain on the table. It may be the 7th round, but this could turn out to be one of the most important selections for us in this year’s draft. Could Christmas come early in Tampa? My hope is that it does. Although he is predicted to be selected rounds 3-5, Demarcus Christmas out of FSU, could fall past round 6. If he does I would put him in a Buccaneers uniform for the 2019 season. In 44 games, this 6’4 305 lb defensive tackle recorded 106 tackles, 13 passes defended, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries.