The Buccaneers will be entering the 2020 season with Tom Brady steering the ship for the offense. He is loaded on the outside with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and OJ Howard. The Buccaneers will need to keep Tom Brady upright in order to achieve the goals most fans expect in 2020. That being said here is my mock draft 2.0.
1st Round ( 14th Pick)- The Buccaneers make the safest pick in my opinion with offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. The Georgia product is an absolute monster. He will be protecting Tom Brady and the future quarterbacks of the Buccaneers for many years. Thomas is 6’5 and weighs in at 315 pounds. He is quick on his feet and has good hands. He can run and pass block at an exceptional rate.
2nd Round (13th Pick)- We stick with the offensive line with our second round pick selecting Jonah Jackson. The Ohio State product stands 6’5 weighing 306 pounds. He helped the Buckeyes put up gaudy numbers again in 2019. He will be joining Andrew Thomas in Tampa next year.
3rd Round (12th Pick)- Tampa uses this pick to get Ronald Jones some help in the backfield. We select Cam Akers running back out of Florida State. Akers was impressive at the combine running a 4.47- 40-yard dash. Last season, he rushed for 1,144 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Akers also caught 30 passes for four touchdowns. This is a home run pick for the Buccaneers in the 3rd Round.
Round 4 (Pick 11 and Pick 33)- Time to help the secondary with Pick 11. The Buccaneers select Stanford Samuels III out of Florida State. The former Seminole will fit it nicely with Tampa Bay’s young secondary. He is 6’2, 185 pounds and had a nice year for the Seminoles. Samuels III recorded 37 solo tackles, 2 interceptions, and deflected 7 passes. He has shown growth every year while playing for Florida State.
The Buccaneers receive a compensatory pick at 33. They will be selecting Tom Brady’s heir to the throne in Georgia quarterback, Jake Fromm. He has all the intangibles you look for in a quarterback (strong arm, good vision, quick decision-making, and leadership.) Fromm has been in the spotlight since high school appearing in a Netflix series called “QB1: Beyond the Lights.” Fromm threw for 2,860 yards with 24 touchdowns. He also led the Bulldogs to a victory in the Sugar Bowl.
Round 5 (Pick 15)- Tampa selects Nebraska defensive tackle, Khalil Davis. The run-stopper stands 6’2 weighing 315 pounds. He had an impressive 2019 campaign recording 28 solo tackles with 8 sacks. The Buccaneers will need someone to fill the future void left by Ndamukong Suh. Davis can use the 2020 season to learn from Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea.
Round 6 (Pick 15)- The Buccaneers will finish the 2020 NFL Draft selecting more defensive help in Chauncey Rivers. In 2018, Rivers numbers were pretty lackluster (8 solo tackles with 2.5 sacks. He made the jump in the 2019 campaign recorded 24 solo tackles, 5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. The Mississippi State product will learn a ton from veteran players like Jason Pierre-Paul, William Gholston, and Shaq Barrett. If Rivers continues on the path he is on currently we may look back and wonder how Tampa Bay was able to score him in the sixth round.
This concludes my Mock Draft 2.0 edition. The 2020 NFL Season has a chance to be something special. All of these draftees could contribute heavily for the Buccaneers, so let’s get ready to FIRE THE CANNONS IN 2020!