On the eve of the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, we take one final look at what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may do over the weekend. Not only did the Bucs land quarterback Tom Brady this offseason, but yesterday they added his former go-to-guy in tight end Rob Gronkowski. So as the hype and anticipation continue to build towards the 2020 season. These next few days will be crucial in determining how far the Bucs can go this year.
*Note: This mock does not include the inevitable trades that will shake up the entire Draft.
Round 1, Pick 14: Jedrick Wills, OT(Alabama)
There is no denying the Bucs should have their sights set on one of the top four tackles in this year’s class. Andrew Thomas is the top tackle to me, but Wills would be no consolation prize. The Bucs should be ecstatic if he falls into their lap at 14. He would be a plug & play guy at right tackle from day one and has the potential for an eventual move to left tackle.
Round 2, Pick 45: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB(LSU)
Full disclosure, I am not as high on Edwards-Helaire as most people are. With that said, I think he would be a great fit to complement Ronald Jones in the Bucs backfield. He possesses all of the traits of a great pass-catching back and is solid in pass protection as well. His stock has been skyrocketing in recent weeks with some having him as high as the first round so Jason Licht and Bucs fans alike should be thrilled with this selection.
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Round 3, Pick 76: Jacob Eason, QB(Washington)
As I was not as high as most people on CEH, I am higher than most on Eason. He is the perfect guy in my eyes to come in and sit and learn behind Brady for a couple of years. When you turn on the tape, he has as much arm talent as anybody in this draft. Some have questioned his work ethic or dedication and how that would not mesh with TB12. However, I don’t buy that, and if anything it feels as if that would be the dream scenario for Brady and Bruce Arians to groom him both on and off the field into the future franchise quarterback.
Round 4, Pick 117: Tyler Biadasz, IOL(Wisconsin)
He’s been given the nickname “Tyler Bada**” which should tell you a lot about him. An All-American and Rimington Award winner, given to the nation’s top center, Biadasz was the heart and soul of a great Wisconsin offensive line. He paved the way for one of college football’s all-time leading rushers in Jonathan Taylor. He would provide immediate depth to the interior of the line, and be the eventual successor to Ryan Jensen at center.
Round 5, Pick 161: Tyler Johnson, WR(Minnesota)
Pro Football Focus has graded him as one of the best receivers in the country over the last couple of seasons, calling him what could be the “steal of the draft”. He won’t blow you away with his size(6’2, 205) or speed, but he can create separation and is very good in contested situations. He could immediately fill the void left by Breshod Perriman as the team’s WR3.
Round 6, Pick 194: DJ Wonnum, EDGE(South Carolina)
Wonnum was a guy who was used all over Will Muschamp’s and provides unique versatility. At 6’5, and almost 250 pounds he can rush off the edge or put his hand in the ground and attack gaps. He would be able to initially play situationally behind Shaq Barrett and JPP and develop into another weapon upfront in Todd Bowles’ young and promising defense.
Round 7, Pick 241: Tyler Clark, DT(Georgia)
At 6’4 and around 300 pounds, Clark can be a plug in the middle of any defense. You pair that with a guy already on the Bucs roster like Vita Vea, and that is a lot for opposing offensive lines to handle. Clark would likely be a rotational guy playing behind Vea and the resigned Ndamokung Suh but could serve as the replacement for Suh down the road.
It will all likely go nothing like this, but this is our best guess in addressing the needs Jason Licht and Co. have going into this year’s draft. However it does unfold starting tomorrow night, sit back and soak it all in because it is a great time to be a Bucs fan!