We're not even to the combine yet and the mock drafts are flying everywhere. Anyone that follows the NFL Draft as closely as I do understands that mock drafts will fluctuate all the way until the draft begins. Mock drafts are for discussion purposes and are what I believe the Bucs will do, not what I think they should do.
1st Round - Jameis Winston - QB - FSU
Commish's Take: I was skeptical if the Bucs would take the big chance on Winston in my first mock draft, so I went with Mariota. It might just be the day and time that I write out each mock draft, but as of this moment, after hearing what Derrick Brooks had to say about Winston and talking to people I trust, I believe Winston is the pick if his character checks out.
Winston is the better quarterback on the field. With the first overall pick, I'd rather take the more talented and pro-ready player than a "project" as what Mike Mayock called Mariota. A lot can change between now and late April, but if Winston is the better and more prepared quarterback on film, and his character is good enough, he should be the pick.
Commish's Take: I think this draft is pretty deep at offensive tackle, especially right tackles, but with such a desperate need at the position, if Flowers slips to round 2, he'd be a great pick. Watching Flowers on film, I'm not overly impressed with his initial punch. I feel he catches blocks a lot and gets his hands outside too much. However, his strength and athleticism allows him to compensate for that part of his game. With some quality coaching to improve his technique, Flowers could potentially develop into a high quality offensive tackle with potential to move to left tackle.
Commish's Take: When I watch Anthony, I see a whole lot of activity, but I'd love to see more impact plays. Anthony's speed and athleticism is a great fit for Lovie Smith's defense, which is why the Bucs grab him earlier than most people project him.
Commish's Take: Williams is a massive right tackle, standing 6'5'' and 330 lbs. While his natural position is at tackle, I could see Williams moving inside to guard and having a tremendous career. Williams said at the Senior Bowl that he'd be willing to play either tackle or guard in the NFL.
Commish's Take: Rowe is a big corner, who might have to transition to safety in the NFL because of his lack of elite athleticism to turn and run with NFL receivers. If Dashon Goldson is on his way out of Tampa, the Bucs will need someone to pair with Bradley McDougald in their defensive backfield.
5th Round - Anthony Chickillo - DE - Miami
Commish's Take: If the Bucs can find a way to use a late round pick on Chickillo, I'd love to see them do it. Chickillo's film is not overly impressive, but he's allowed to just attack in a defense, rather than just hold up blockers, he might be a completely different player in the pros. Chickillo is a local product from Alonso high school.
6th Round - Shaq Mason - OG - Georgia Tech
Commish's Take: Obviously, Mason is a tremendous run blocker, coming from the run-heavy offense of Georgia Tech. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he can also hold his own in pass protection. Mason is a stout player who may end up as a center in the NFL. With the potential to play guard or center, Mason could be valuable for depth as a late round pick.
Commish's Take: 7th round picks are meant for developmental players. Transitioning from quarterback to cornerback in the NFL is not an easy feat. Getting this deep into a mock draft is like throwing a bunch of coins in the air and trying to predict how many end heads up. Marshall is intriguing enough of a prospect to take a shot on late in the draft.
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