Well, it happened.
Most of us didn’t think it would or refused to believe it would actually come to fruition, but Tom Brady is now the quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arguably the greatest QB of all time will now be under center for the Bucs at the start of the 2020 season.
I’m still in shock.
I kind of figured that Jameis Winston would be coming back on a multi-year deal, but the Buccaneers front office had other plans. They officially announced on Friday that they signed Brady to a 2yr/$50M contract. So what does that mean for their draft now? Well, it changes a lot. It changes what they can do in the first few rounds of this draft. The Bucs need a new starting right tackle, but now they need to grab a quarterback early on as well. They also need help at running back and with defensive depth. That being said, here’s my new mock draft, the post- Brady signing edition.
In this mock, the Buccaneers make two trades. With the top four offensive tackles already gone when they go on the clock at #14, Jason Licht makes a few phone calls and finds a trade partner in the Miami Dolphins. They give up their 18th pick, their 70 pick in the third round, and their 154th pick in the fifth round to jump up four spots. The Bucs also now have an extra second-round pick after trading tight end OJ Howard to the Baltimore Ravens, who recently traded their starting tight end to the Atlanta Falcons. The Bucs, now, have the 45th and 60th picks in the second round. That gives them ten picks in this draft, including seven picks in the first four rounds.
Rd.1/Pk.18 (from Dolphins)
DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Somehow, despite trading back a few spots, one of the best interior play-wreckers in this draft is still on the board. The Bucs get the guy they were going to take at #14 anyway to eventually replace Ndamukong Suh.
OT Isaiah Wilson, Georgia
It was a gamble to wait this late to grab a new right tackle to replace Demar Dotson, but it pays off getting this big freak of nature. With a little technique coaching, he could end up being a steal at this point in the draft.
Rd.2/Pk.60 (from Ravens)
QB Jacob Eason, Washington
With the signing of Tom Brady, the Bucs need to find his heir apparent in this draft. Eason fits the bill and will now get to sit behind the GOAT and learn for the next two years.
RB Cam Akers, Florida State
The Bucs missed out on Dalvin Cook a few years ago, so they don’t want to miss out on this FSU back. He’s a dangerous receiver out of the backfield and a battering ram as a runner. He would make for a nice combination with Ronald Jones.
G Ben Bartch, St. John’s
The Bucs could use some o-line depth, and they like to roll the dice on small school prospects. He’s a versatile player that could potentially play guard or tackle.
RB/WR Antonio Gibson, Memphis
One of my favorite players in this draft and one of it’s best athletes. He could be the Bucs third-down back or play slot receiver, and he can return kicks.
TE Colby Parkinson, Stanford
With OJ Howard gone, the Bucs could use another legit receiving threat at tight end to pair up with Cam Brate. With this guy’s size and speed, it would give Tom Brady a “Gronk–like” target and creates a serious matchup problem in the red zone.
Rd.5/Pk.154 (from Dolphins)
CB Stanford Samuels III, Florida State
Even though the Bucs starting cornerback positions are set, they could use some depth. This guy has good size and speed with great ball skills and would be able to play inside or outside corner.
LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami
The Bucs have one of the best inside linebacker duos in football, but not much behind them. The Bucs did just re-sign Kevin Minter, but Jack Cichy has a sketchy injury history. They could use some added depth here as well.
S Antoine Brooks Jr, Maryland
This guy is a “tweener” who played some linebacker and safety in college. I think he’s perfect for the “money-backer” position in Todd Bowles defense and he could be a special teams superstar.
So to recap, I was able to grab a new right tackle to replace Demar Dotson and a new interior d-lineman to eventually replace Ndamukong Suh. I got three new weapons for Tom Brady on offense and I added some much-needed depth to the o-line, LB corps and secondary. A draft like this should put the Bucs right where they need to be to make a run for the playoffs with Tom Brady at the wheel.