Everyone has their rankings leading up to the NFL Draft, and I'm no different. For my rankings, though, with the Bucs having the 1st and 34th overall picks, I'm ranking the top 34 prospects in this year's draft from a Bucs perspective. That means there won't be any strictly 3-4 edge rushers (Vic Beasley), no massive nose tackles (Danny Shelton), and a high focus on talent at positions of need for my team (OL).
Here's my first Bucs Board of 2015:
1. Jameis Winston - QB - FSU
Commish's Take: Unique talent at the key position makes Winston an easy choice for top overall player.
Commish's Take: Mariota is a fantastic athlete that has to learn how to play quarterback in the NFL. I think his work ethic allows him to do that and turn into a very good NFL quarterback.
Commish's Take: I love Fowler's power and explosion. When you throw in his leadership, Fowler Jr. is a very attractive prospect.
Commish's Take: Scherff won't be playing left tackle, but he's got the potential to step in at right tackle or guard and play for a long time.
Commish's Take: Williams is powerful and strong, but I feel he lacks elite pass rushing characteristics that others feel he has. He's still a big presence in the middle of a defensive line.
Commish's Take: Gregory is undersized now (235 lbs), but has the frame to put on more good weight. I love his quickness and athleticism to get to the quarterback.
Commish's Take: Amari Cooper is a very good receiver, but Kevin White has all of the characteristics I'm looking for in a potentially elite receiver. He's big, fast, and has excellent hands.
Commish's Take: Ray was ultra-productive at Missouri. He has the potential to be an edge rusher in a 3-4 defense, but feel he could become a nice pass rusher at end in a 4-3.
9. Bud Dupree - EDGE - Kentucky
Commish's Take: Dupree is a bigger edge rusher that brings a burst off the edge. He needs to get more consistent.
Commish's Take: I love how physical Collins plays. He could start immediately at right tackle or at guard. I think he might be too limited to play left tackle in the NFL.
Commish's Take: There are some concerns with Odighizuwa's durability after two surgeries on his hips that might drop him, but I'm a big fan. He uses both strength and speed and is equally good versus the run or the pass.
Commish's Take: Yes, an ACL tear is serious, but if Gurley comes back, which is likely, he is the best running back in this draft. He runs with speed and power. Gurley is also a threat in the pass game.
13. Amari Cooper - WR - Alabama
Commish's Take: Cooper is an excellent route runner and has sure hands. He has good speed, but lacks ideal height standing at just over 6' tall.
Commish's Take: Brown is a better fit for the Bucs defense than some of the other DTs because he's more of a 3-technique that plays with quickness.
15. Arik Armstead - DT - Oregon
Commish's Take: I need to include Armstead on this list simply because he is 6'8'' and 300 lbs. I think Armstead is better suited for a 3-4 defense, but his size is too much to ignore.
Commish's Take: Peat is physical in the run game, but I think he can be average in pass protection against speed rushers. I view Peat as a right tackle, which is still a fit for the Bucs.
17. Cameron Erving - OL - FSU
Commish's Take: The versatile Erving would be an excellent addition for the woeful Bucs offensive line. If the Bucs aren't pleased with Evan Dietrich-Smith, Erving would be a nice replacement.
Commish's Take: Parker is a big receiver who has the talent I'm looking for out of a starter. Not a huge need for the Bucs, but I'm always open to adding talent.
19. D.J. Humphries - OT - Florida
Commish's Take: I view Humphries as one of the few athletic left tackles in this draft.
Commish's Take: Gordon is an explosive running back who has drawn some comparisons to Jamaal Charles. Gordon is a big play waiting to happen, but I am slightly concerned that he bounces too many runs.
21. Eric Kendricks - MLB - UCLA
Commish's Take: Kendricks is my only true MLB on this list because he's the only one I view athletic enough to be successful in Lovie Smith's defense. I also like Stephone Anthony, but don't view him as a top 34 guy yet.
Commish's Take: Peters has some character concerns, but he is a polished corner with good instincts.
Commish's Take: Waynes has more natural talent than Peters, but his film isn't as attractive. Pick your poison between the two.
24. T.J. Clemmings - OT - Pitt
Commish's Take: Very raw OT, but Clemmings potential could be through the roof as an offensive tackle. He needs to start on the right side, but could ultimately transition to left tackle.
Commish's Take: The massive Flowers has the look of a franchise right tackle. He misses on his punch far too often in pass protection. I think that could be a technique flaw that can be corrected.
26. Shaq Thompson - LB/S - Washington
Commish's Take: The versatile Thompson might not have a true position, but he is a true football player. He has natural instincts and is always around the ball.
Commish's Take: I'm a fan of Tomlinson's combination of athleticism and size. Tomlinson is a plug and play guy who could be a 10-year starter in the NFL.
Commish's Take: Strong is a raw receiver with all of the characteristics of a top level receiver. He's big, strong, fast, and has soft hands.
29. Jalen Collins - CB - LSU
Commish's Take: Collins is a big corner who might have his best days in front of him.
Commish's Take: Ogbuehi is coming off a torn ACL, but before the injury was a projected 1st round talent. He has long arms and plays well in the run game and also in pass protection.
31. AJ Cann - OG - South Carolina
Commish's Take: Cann is a physical guard with athleticism to pull on run plays or screen passes. Like Tomlinson, Cann is a plug and play guard who starts immediately.
32. Jeremy Poutasi - OT/OG - Utah
Commish's Take: The massive Poutasi has been called "Mike Iupati Jr." by some at the combine. He played tackle at Utah, but might fit better at guard in the NFL.
Commish's Take: I know about the character issues, but Green-Beckham has the potential on the field of a Calvin Johnson or a Brandon Marshall. Green-Beckham is a big time talent with major character issues.
34. Tre Jackson - OG - FSU
Commish's Take: Jackson is the type of guard that might slip to the 3rd round because he's a guard, but be a steal in that round. Jackson is just a solid player with limited bad plays, plays with plenty of power, and is equally good in pass protection and the run game.
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