Bucs Blitz Official Bucs Mock Draft I

Justin Pawlowski and Luke Easterling team up to put together BucsBlitz.com's first official Bucs-only mock draft of 2016.

1st Round: Noah Spence, Edge, Eastern Kentucky
6'3'' - 254 lbs

Spence was a special pass rusher coming into Senior Bowl week, and only reinforced that fact by dominating the entire week. He was named as the most valuable defensive lineman of the week by NFL scouts who were polled by NFL.com. Questions remain about Spence's character and off-field decision making, but Jason Licht has a track record of digging deep into players' pasts as he did with both Jameis Winston and Tyrann Mathieu. Spence may be worth the risk for a Bucs defense in need of star power.

2nd Round: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
6'4'' - 325 lbs

Butler is one of many top defensive linemen in this draft. With his size, Butler can be for Mike Smith's new defense with the Bucs, what John Henderson was to Smith's defense in Jacksonville several years ago.

3rd Round: Deiondre Hall, CB, Northern Iowa
6'2'' - 192 lbs

According to our own Luke Easterling, Hall could either play safety or corner. Since the Bucs have needs at both spots, he makes sense here. Luke was in attendance at the Senior Bowl and said there was nobody that talked more trash than Hall. This is fantastic for the Bucs. The Bucs need confidence and attitude on defense, and Hall is the type of player who can bring that.

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4th Round: Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State
5'11'' - 216 lbs

Byard’s production at MTSU is eye-popping (school record 19 career picks), and he showed off his knack for making big plays during Wednesday’s practice, grabbing a pair of picks. He’s got a thick frame, but he’s still incredibly athletic and fluid in coverage, with great leaping ability and ball skills.

5th Round: Mike Thomas, WR, Southern Miss
6'1'' - 200 lbs

Thomas was a big part of the explosive Southern Miss offense in 2015. With his former head coach, Todd Monken, now the Bucs' new offensive coordinator, the addition of Thomas makes a lot of sense. 

6th Round: Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
6'6'' - 290 lbs

Lewis is your typical Nebraska offensive lineman. He's big and he's physical. Lewis might be limited to right tackle. Currently, the Bucs have Demar Dotson and Gosder Cherilus at right tackle, but both have one year left on their current contracts, and both are on the wrong side of 30. 

6th Round: Thor Jozwiak, OG, USF
6'4'' - 321

As we learned last year, the 6th and 7th rounds are complete toss ups. With that said, I went with a player I know from a school I cover as the pre and post game radio host for their football games. Thor Jozwiak is an excellent person, charismatic leader, and a little bit crazy. There is a lot of his game I want to clean up, but I know he will work his ass off to make it happen. As a late round flier on a guy with upside potential, I say why the hell not?


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