The combine is over and free agency begins in just one week. We're still 60 days away from the start of the 2015 NFL Draft, but we are getting a little better understanding for the approximate round some of these prospects will project to.
Things will definitely change over the next few weeks through free agency and pro days. Below is my Bucs only 7 round mock draft right now. As we go through the next few weeks, one of the things I like most about mock drafts is seeing how they change through free agency and the draft rumors.
Here is my 7-Round Bucs only mock draft.
The Commish's Take: Marcus Mariota is still under consideration, but coming out of the combine, it should appear to anyone who is not biased against him, that Jameis Winston will be the Buccaneers selection. Winston would give the Bucs a more immediate fix at a key position. There are obvious concerns with Winston's lack of maturity, but I also feel Winston's ceiling is higher than Mariota's. If I had to choose Mariota or Winston to hand the ball to with my team being down by four points late in the 4th quarter, I'd want to hand it to Winston 100 out 100 times.
2nd Round: T.J. Clemmings - OT - Pitt
The Commish's Take: A month ago, I would have told you there was no way the raw talent of Clemmings would slip to the 2nd round. By now, we can see the overall depth at offensive line in this draft. Scherff, Collins, Peat, Flowers, and Humphries could all be 1st round picks, which would drop Clemmings into the Bucs lap. Clemmings is a former basketball player and former defensive lineman, so he is still extremely raw at offensive tackle.
The Commish's Take: Anthony is as athletic as any linebacker in this draft. He is an excellent candidate to cover the deep middle in Lovie Smith's defense. Linebackers tend to typically drop in the NFL Draft, so the Bucs might be in an excellent position with the top pick in round three to grab their new man in the middle of their defense.
The Commish's Take: Morse is a former tackle at Missouri, but he might be a better fit at guard in the NFL. According to our sources, the Bucs did meet with Morse at the combine. Morse had a very good combine running a 5.14 40-yard dash and doing 36 reps on the bench. Any limitations Morse might have athletically will be eliminated with a move to guard.
The Commish's Take: Injuries are the biggest concern with Diggs. When healthy, Diggs was Maryland's top weapon on offense. I like his speed and playmaking ability. As a 5th round pick, I already consider him a huge upgrade over Robert Herron and a threat to Louis Murphy for playing time.
The Commish's Take: Russell's numbers at the combine come close to some of the other defense ends in this draft like Nate Orchard and Preston Smith. I think Russell might get lost in a very deep group of edge rushers this year. For me, Russell possesses everything I'm looking for in a defensive end to provide depth to my team.
The Commish's Take: Saxton is one of my favorite players in this draft. He's raw as a tight end, but his speed and athleticism can make him a nice threat in the pass game. I love taking a chance on guys with lots of natural talent, but limited in experience this late in the draft.
The Commish's Take: McCain is a smaller corner who plays with good instincts. Memphis has had a very good defense over the past couple of years and they are all well coached. McCain. McCain had 6 interceptions for the Memphis defense in 2013 and followed that up with 5 interceptions in 2014.
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