Predicting The 5 Most Likely Bucs Picks In Round 1 Of 2021 NFL Draft


This may catch you abruptly, however even after re-signing their total beginning lineup and all key gamers from their 2020 Tremendous Bowl workforce, the Bucs STILL get a full NFL Draft to get even higher. It appears unfair, however I checked with the league workplace, and the Bucs are at the moment inexperienced lit so as to add extra expertise to their roster with eight picks this weekend. Wonderful.

With Antonio Brown formally re-signed on a one-year deal, large receiver is unlikely to be a consideration of the Bucs on the primary two days of the draft. Armed with this information, I made a decision to slender the Bucs potential first spherical picks to 5 gamers which might be prone to be on the board at or round No. 32 general. Listed below are the 5 gamers I consider are almost certainly to be chosen by the Bucs in the event that they keep put and use the thirty second general decide:

1. Washington EDGE Joe Tryon

Washington edge rusher Joe Tryon – Photograph by: USA Right now

I gained’t belabor this entry, as Tryon was our Bucs Greatest Guess at edge defender and was the selection in our ultimate Bucs 7-round mock draft and in my ultimate 32-team mock draft. A No. 3 edge rusher is concerning the closest factor the Bucs must a place of want for the 2021 season, however whatever the need to improve Anthony Nelson’s spot, I consider the Bucs will love Tryon as a prospect.

The Washington 21 year-old has all of the bodily and athletic traits the Bucs gravitate towards, and he performs the sport with a sizzling motor. I’m involved about his lack of polish, go rush plan and the truth that he doesn’t at all times play to his athleticism, as an alternative choosing a extra out-of-control model of play. Nonetheless, the upside with Tryon is obvious and he would no less than be a helpful part-time participant for the primary yr of his profession. Most ultimate mock drafts appear to be connecting the dots from Tryon to the Bucs, as he’s develop into their consensus Spherical 1 decide.

2. Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey

Going with Humphrey over Landon Dickerson for this prediction, largely because of Dickerson’s damage historical past. Dickerson is the higher participant on my board, however I’m undecided what his injury-riddled previous will imply for his draft weekend projection. Alternatively, Humphrey has been very sturdy, with 36 straight begins at Oklahoma, all at middle. He’s extremely bodily and aggressive, testing much better than most anticipated at his professional day.

The factor I like essentially the most about Humphrey is his wrestling background, a historical past that’s obvious as he grapples for place to seal off blockers. He’d be a superb match schematically in Tampa Bay, however he’s gotta clear up his posture and enhance his core energy in go safety. I feel Humphrey can develop into a greater go protector within the NFL, however it’s nonetheless one space the place Dickerson is clearly higher than him proper now. I’d love for Dickerson to be the decide over Humphrey, I’m simply not satisfied Tampa Bay might be comfy sufficient with the Alabama middle’s well being to draft him this excessive.

3. Georgia CB Tyson Campbell

Georgia CB Tyson Campbell NFL Draft
Georgia CB Tyson Campbell – Photograph courtesy of Georgia

I’m an enormous Tyson Campbell fan, and I feel GM Jason Licht is likely to be too. Blessed with distinctive size, dimension, quickness and lengthy velocity, Campbell is among the greatest man protection choices on this yr’s class. Earlier than the ball is thrown Campbell is on par with any cornerback within the draft, he simply must do a significantly better job of successful on the catch level. Sound acquainted? Lots of the similar criticisms have been as soon as levied towards Carlton Davis too, and Campbell is a fair higher athlete.

The Bucs don’t have an apparent want at cornerback, however there’s clearly some uncertainty of their present room. Davis might be a free agent subsequent offseason, and Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean have been rollercoasters of their profession so far. If there’s one place exterior of quarterback that you simply don’t need to be scrambling for choices come playoff time, it’s cornerback. The Bucs can be smart to offer themselves loads of expertise to select from in case one in every of their younger starters doesn’t play to potential in 2021.

4. UNC RB Javonte Williams

I actually don’t assume the Bucs are going to draft a operating again in Spherical 1, however the way in which I see the primary spherical unfolding, they won’t have 1,000,000 choices. It’s laborious for me to consider that Javonte Williams gained’t be one of many high gamers on their board Thursday evening, particularly if the workforce is solely trying to draft one of the best participant accessible. Williams hard-nosed operating model continually left ACC tacklers in his wake at UNC, and he’s blossoming shortly as a go protector and receiver.

The Bucs would have a crowded backfield that would lead to a commerce of one in every of their present backs, most likely Ronald Jones. On the very least, Williams can be in line to take over because the characteristic again subsequent yr, when Jones, Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard are all free brokers. Working again isn’t a place you must plan into the longer term for, however the Bucs is likely to be in place to do it anyway.

5. Penn State EDGE Jayson Oweh

Jayson Oweh Bucs mock draft Penn State
Penn State Edge Jayson Oweh – Photograph by: USA Right now

I’m not saying I’d applaud this decide, however I feel it’s a risk for Tampa Bay. Oweh goes to enter the NFL as among the best athletes within the league, and his 2020 tape exhibits that he’s able to psychological and technical development as a participant. Oweh’s go rush plan wants loads of work, however the redshirt sophomore went from being a questionable run defender in 2019 to being one of many higher run defenders within the class in 2020. It’s lots more durable to make that leap as a go rusher nevertheless, so the Bucs teaching employees might want to have a plan in place for his growth.

The excellent news is that Oweh will clearly not want to start out instantly, and as a No. 3 rusher he’s immediately an improve over Anthony Nelson. His presence would permit the Bucs to get artistic with their edge defender deployments, placing three on the sphere without delay and kicking Jason Pierre-Paul inside. Like Tryon, it’s laborious to say if Oweh will disappoint or not by the point he turns into a full-time starter in Tampa Bay, however as a rookie he might be a really helpful depth piece.


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