The Buccaneers were able to fill some needs in free agency, but other needs are now glaring. With that said, the Bucs can't go into this draft and panic. There is a reason the term "best player available" is used so often. Reaching on a player for the sole reason of filling a need is how bad teams remain selecting at the top of the draft every year.
Here is my latest 7-round Bucs only mock draft:
1st Round - Jameis Winston - QB - FSU
The Commish's Take: FSU has their pro day on Tuesday. I don't think there is anything that could happen at this pro day, barring major injury, that could sway the Bucs away from Winston. All signs continue to point in his direction, and rightfully so.
The Commish's Take: One of the top offensive tackles should fall to the Bucs at the top of round two. I definitely see Scherff (OG), La'el Collins, and Andrus Peat going in the 1st round. Clemmings should go in the 1st round on potential alone. D.J. Humphries has a better chance of going in the 1st than Flowers because of his potential to be a left tackle, while Flowers might be limited to right tackle. When you also factor in Jake Fisher, Donovan Smith, and Daryl Williams, this draft is loaded with offensive tackles.
The Commish's Take: At this point, I think the top tier of guards are gone and, rather than reach on a defensive end, I went with a player the Bucs have shown a lot of attention to this off-season. The Bucs were focused on Rowe at the senior bowl and have had a private workout with him recently. Rowe is a big and athletic defensive back that can play corner or safety.
4th Round - Anthony Chickillo - DE - Miami
The Commish's Take: Chickillo was not dominant on film, but I continue to ask myself what he was actually being asked to do. It seemed as if he was being asked to hold up and take on multiple blockers. I see the natural ability and feel that if he is in a defense that allows him to just go get the passer, he'll excel. As a 4th round pick, I think this would be an excellent spot to grab the local product from Alonso High School.
The Commish's Take: Despite getting Chickillo, I still want to try and build depth. This draft has generally been called deep at defensive end and edge rushers, which is why a player like Russell could slip. I see all of the characteristics I want in a defensive end when I watch Russell. Perhaps, the Bucs can get a little more background on Russell from Kevin Pamphile.
The Commish's Take: Conley is an explosive receiver who opened eyes with his performance at the combine. Conley stands 6'2'' and 213 lbs, but ran an impressive 4.35 40-yard dash. Conley comes from an offense in Georgia that was very focused on the run in 2014 with Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb. Conley could be a nice developmental 5th round receiver with loads of natural talent. The Bucs have had a private workout with Conley.
The Commish's Take: Morse has been a tough one for me to gauge where he might go in the draft. Some people like him as a guard prospect possibly in the 4th round, while others think he's a 7th round prospect at best. I know the Bucs have spent some time with Morse over this process. Morse replaced Justin Britt as Missouri's left tackle in 2014, but he's probably best suited at guard in the NFL. I think Morse is a later round pick that can step in and play soon in the NFL.
The Commish's Take: The Bucs have a private workout set up with Chaz Green over the next couple weeks. Green has gone under the radar during this draft process. He suffered a torn labrum in 2013. At the combine, Green had a very solid combine measuring in at 6'5'' and 314 lbs, ran a 5.16 40-yard dash, had over 20 reps on the bench, and had 33+" arms. The local product from Tampa Catholic High School could be a nice reserve lineman for the Bucs to add depth.
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