As the next step is approaching for all teams in the NFL Draft process at the Scouting Combine begins later this week in Indianapolis, the interest in prospects and opinions on them cranks up.
For the Buccaneers, they have at least two, if not three, prominent needs headed to the April draft.
So, on Sunday when our brothers with NDT Scouting decided to take on the task of assessing the Tampa Bay needs (and wants) and making selections, we immediately gravitated to their picks and thoughts:
— Joe Marino (@TheJoeMarino) February 25, 2018
As advertised above, Joe Marino of NDT Scouting has in their overall mock draft currently, that N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb would be available for the Bucs at number seven overall.
If that is the case come late April, the Bucs won’t “walk” the card up to the commissioner for selection. No, they will make like Usain Bolt in the 100 meters and be there in under 10 seconds.
Because Chubb appears to be the clear cut best pass rusher, you have to be skeptical that he would still be there at the seventh pick and there may very well be teams looking to trade to fourth, fifth, etc. to try to get him.
Nevertheless, the Bucs would be ecstatic to get Chubb.
Now, as for the second pick by NDT Scouting, Marino and the guys went with a regional pick at an interesting position selecting UCF defensive back Mike Hughes. Here’s their rationale’:
With Brett Grimes becoming a free agent and Vernon Hargreaves struggling to develop, Tampa Bay has a huge need at cornerback. Hughes has first-round talent and is extremely physical in coverage. He has game-changing ball skills and the long speed to remain in phase with anyone.
We’ll let you read on for yourselves on their other selections.
However, a couple very interesting, if not debatable, choices are worth pointing out.
Despite the release of veteran primary back Doug Martin last week, Marino, and NDT Scouting did not take a running back for the Bucs until the sixth round. That’s when they selected Justin Jackson of the Northwestern Wildcats.
We’ll just leave it as this: if the Bucs don’t sign a prominent back in March in free agency, and then don’t take one until the sixth round? Someone might get tossed into the Bay.
The Bucs also have needs on the offensive line and NDT Scouting mocks a third round selection of Auburn guard Braden Smith.
Again, their own beliefs may very well change going forward, but it’s an interesting look at what the Buccaneers could and might do.
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