After months of speculation, we are just days away from the 2020 NFL Draft. Nothing has changed in terms of draft position for the Bucs. They still hold the 14th overall selection in round one. However, there has been speculation that they are looking to move up, presumably for one of the top four offensive tackles.
In one of our previous mock drafts, the Bucs stood pat at 14. In the other, they actually traded back in the first and picked up an additional second-round pick in the process. In this scenario, the Bucs do trade up in the first with the Jacksonville Jaguars, costing them a second-round selection to do so.
Now, the Bucs can always trade back into the second round (moving a certain tight end could that) but we are assuming that that does not happen in this particular mock.
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Round 1, Pick 9 (acquired from Jacksonville) – Jedrick Wills OT, Alabama
Despite moving up five spots in the draft, the Bucs were still left with their choice of just one of the top four tackles as the other three were off the board at pick nine. Is that likely to happen? It’s possible. And if the Bucs truly have their sights set on one of them, trading up maybe their only option. In this case, they land the 6-foot-5, 320-pound right tackle with tremendous upside out of Alabama. A two-year starter under Nick Saban, Jedrick Wills will slot in as the starting right tackle for the Bucs the moment he is drafted.
Round 3, Pick 76 – Malik Harrison OLB, Ohio State
Given the trade that was made to move up in the first, the Bucs do not pick again until round three. At this point, all the big named running backs are off the board so the Bucs address depth at the linebacker position with Malik Harrison out of Ohio State. The Bucs sport one of the best linebacking groups in the NFL with the likes of Lavonte David, Devin White, and Shaq Barrett but in the event of an injury and just to prevent over-usage, the Bucs could use some depth, especially at the outside linebacker position. In his junior and senior season at Ohio State, Harrison racked up 156 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, and six sacks in 26 games for the Buckeyes.
Round 4, Pick 117 – Zack Moss RB, Utah
The Bucs miss out on the first tier of running backs with lack of a second-round pick, however, they are able to land Zack Moss in the fourth. In four seasons at Utah, Moss averaged 5.7 yards per carry on 714 rushes. He rushed for 4,067 yards and 38 touchdowns in that time, including 1,416 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior season. In addition, he added 28 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns through the air in 2019. A skillset that should be quite appealing for the Bucs. The one major concern with Moss is his ability to stay healthy.
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Round 4, Pick 139 – Kenny Robinson S, West Virginia
In addition to two seasons in West Virginia, Kenny Robinson spent a brief time playing in the now-defunct XFL. Robinson is a ball-hawking safety that would instantly inject some talent into the Bucs secondary. Robinson had 123 tackles and seven interceptions in two seasons at West Virginia. In five games with the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL, he racked up 21 tackles, had two interceptions and a sack.
Round 5, Pick 161 – Quintez Cephus WR, Wisconsin
Making his second appearance in an FPC Bucs mock draft, once again falling to Tampa with the 161st pick. A fantastic route runner, Quintez Cephus could be a perfect compliment behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. After missing 2018 due to a suspension, Cephus returned with a strong 2019 season with the Badgers with 59 receptions for 901 yards and seven touchdowns.
Round 6, Pick 194 – Larrell Murchinson DT, NC State
Another repeat selection, Larrell Murchinson would be a nice situational depth piece for the Buccanneers stout defensive line. He will need to get stronger to see more regular playing time but Murchinson has the ability to get after the quarterback. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound lineman tallied seven sacks in his first six games of 2019.