With the final seconds having ticked off in Minneapolis and the Eagles having won Super Bowl LII, fans of all teams now turn their attention to the most popular off season topic, the NFL Draft.
And because the Buccaneers and the Dolphins will be selecting (for now) in the seventh and the 11th positions, there will be lots of conversation and debate about what they should and will do.
To that end, our Fanrag Sports partners/draft gurus, NDT Scouting have a post Super Bowl mock draft up that’s worth taking a look at. Yes, we understand that these are fluid and opinions and mock selections, will frequently, change over the next 60 days or so.
Still, these guys have been pouring over college game tape, were at the Senior Bowl for the entire week of practices and the game, and have really good insight.
So, let’s take a look at what they think, for now about the Bucs and the Fins.
NDT Scouting, with four QB’s, as well as the best pass rusher and best running back coming off their board in the first six picks, has Tampa Bay selecting a safety in Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The Bucs definitely need much improved play in the middle of the secondary and even recently went safety, and even from the Crimson Tide, when they took Bama’s Mark Barron in the top ten of the 2012 draft.
Still, most fans would want the pass rusher, the running back or maybe even, one of the top offensive linemen. Again, they have N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb gone and also Penn State super back Saquon Barkley gone, too. So, it’s a tough call at the Bucs spot.
Meanwhile, since the Dolphins are only four picks later, and are also in need of running back and offensive line help, we were curious to see what NDT Scouting thought, for now, too.
Again, in their mock, the four top QB’s are gone already and they have Miami taking Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson (shown above) in that 11 spot. This is not sexy, but the Fins offensive line was poor and injured a lot of 2017. So, that selection makes a lot of sense, because Nelson is regarded as the first or second best interior lineman by everyone analyzing.
Look, we get that the debates everywhere will continue for months up until the NFL Draft. However, it’s still fun from time to time to check and see what those with credible backgrounds of scouting and watching these players are thinking.
For now, that’s all it is.
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