Buccaneers 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 3
With their first two selections in the books, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers begin Day 3 of the NFL draft with five picks on their slate and multiple, key positions in need of depth. This, despite their Day 2 choices which included CB Johnthan Banks (No. 43 overall) and QB Mike Glennon (No. 73 overall).
Of the two, Banks stands the greatest chance of making an immediate impact for the Bucs, mainly because of the precipitous drop-off in talent after their starting CB tandem of Darrelle Revis and Eric Wright.
Nonetheless, with five picks remaining and several questions left unanswered, the Bucs have an active Day 3 in front of them.
Who it chooses and when it chooses them remains to be seen, but given the team's needs, here are the players most likely to be targeted by Tampa Bay on Saturday afternoon.
Round 4, No. 112 Overall
LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
The Bucs decided to take Glennon in the third round, bypassing obvious needs at defensive tackle and linebacker. With Greene still on the board as Day 3 begins, don't put it past GM Mark Dominik orchestrating a trade to move up and land the ultra-talented linebacker from Rutgers.
Greene (6'1", 240 lbs) is a sure tackler who would not only bring a physical toughness to the Bucs defense, but he would provide an upgrade over current LB options in Adam Hayward, Jonathan Casillas and Dekoda Watson.
Aside from the physical upgrade he would bring, Greene is also very adept at rushing the passer, showing an ability to time his jumps and penetrate into the backfield with relative ease, something the Bucs could surely look to exploit with a suddenly improved secondary.
Throw in the familiarity factor with Coach Schiano and this pick makes too much sense.
Round 4, No. 126 Overall
WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
While most draft prognosticators didn't expect Patton to last into Day 3, the Bucs would be wise to snatch him up if he is still available in the late fourth round.
Last season, all Patton (6'0", 205 lbs) did was haul in 104 receptions for a La. Tech program that wasn't exactly loaded with NFL talent. Translation: opposing defenses knew he was their main offensive target and yet they still couldn't keep him from finding seams and windows in coverage.
As for the Bucs, they could use a true slot receiver like Patton. This, despite the recent additions of Kevin Ogletree and Steve Smith, who are serviceable at best.
No, Patton is not the fastest or biggest receiver in the draft, but he is arguably the craftiest and hardest to cover, at least according to Johnthan Banks, whom the Bucs drafted in the second round Friday night.
Banks is quoted as saying Patton is "the most complete" receiver he faced in college, which is a big compliment for a small-school receiver (h/t Chris Low, ESPN.com).
Round 5, No. 147 Overall
DT Josh Boyd, Mississippi State
With a glaring need at defensive tackle alongside Gerald McCoy, the Bucs could stand to add the likes of Boyd (6'3", 310 lbs) to bolster what was a formidable defensive front that allowed a league-best 82.5 rushing yards per game last season.
Though the Bucs missed on several much-more accomplished tackles in the third round, the addition of Boyd is not necessarily a bad idea in the sense that he is of the same mold of former tackle Roy Miller in that he is able to do a lot of the thankless dirty work needed for the rest of the defensive line to succeed.
Boyd had a combine-best 32 bench press reps, which demonstrates his upper body strength and commitment to the weight room, and should be available when the Bucs announce their pick in the mid-fifth round.
Round 6, No. 181 Overall
TE Joseph Fauria, UCLA
Tampa Bay's leading pass-catching tight end from a year ago, Dallas Clark, is no longer with the team. Fellow tight end Luke Stocker continues to disappoint, struggling to adapt to NFL defenses and putting the Bucs in a position where an upgrade is in order.
That's where Fauria (6'7", 260 lbs) comes in, as this mammoth of a tight end would give the Bucs a legitimate red-zone threat, making defenses think twice about doubling-down on receivers Vincent Jackson or Mike Williams.
Though not the fastest at the position, Fauria is certainly one of the biggest and possesses above-average hands and strength. While he flashes occasional agility, Fauria's real strength comes in red-zone situations, where he is able to utilize a combination of height and leaping ability (35.5" vertical) to present matchup headaches for defenses.
Fauria is far from complete, but he is much closer to making an impact in 2013 than Stocker is at this point.
Round 6, No. 196 Overall
T Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
Wagner is yet another Badger offensive linemen who will land in the NFL. Wagner (6'6", 308 lbs) is a bulldozing run-blocker, which is something the Bucs would surely use to their advantage in a run-heavy scheme.
Yes, Tampa Bay recently extended the contract of current RT Demar Dotson, but there's nothing wrong with adding much-needed depth, particularly along an offensive line that was decimated by injuries last season, and Wagner would provide just that—quality depth.