A Scout's Take on Who the Tampa Bay Bucs Might Take in Round 1

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A Scout's Take on Who the Tampa Bay Bucs Might Take in Round 1
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Jake Matthews

I had yet another opportunity to talk with scout Chris Landry on Steve Duemig's radio show on Friday. Chris is one of the very best talent evaluators out there when it comes to the NFL draft.

The Tampa Bay Bucs have the seventh pick of the first round in the 2014 draft. Because the draft is so deep, plus with a number of teams in front of the Bucs looking for quarterbacks, I asked Chris if he thought that either offensive tackle Greg Robinson of Auburn or Jake Matthews of Texas A&M would be there at pick No. 7.

Landry said the Bucs have a number of options.

"Here's the great thing about the Bucs at seven," Landry told me, "They are going to get them one hell of a player. First of all, to Bob's point, I see no way Greg Robinson is there at all. He could go as high as two. But again, if you start doing the numbers, and you can't see this one there and you can't see that one there, somebody is going to have to be there.

"Let me just tell you, it's a really good draft. I love the top three tackles. Last year we had three tackles go high. (Lane) Johnson, (Luke) Joeckel and (Eric) Fisher, right? All three top tackles are better than the top three tackles last year. So Robinson, Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan are all better than the top three guys last year. Not by a great margin, but to me, they would go higher than those three.

"Now in this draft, they might not go as high because there is better depth at other positions. So, maybe there's a tackle there. There is going to be a really good player. Khalil Mack would be a great for their Sam (strongside) backer. And a guy who can put his hand if they want to put him down in the nickel can be really good.

"They know there are quarterbacks who people are going to have differing opinions on. How about a playmaker at receiver? (Sammy) Watkins will probably be gone. But, maybe not. How good would he be for a weapon?

"In some people's eyes, it may be a little too high for an Eric Ebron, but a tight end that's going to be a big-time playmaker—you can turn in a number of different directions. Fill a need with an impact player that's a top-five graded player on your board. They (the Bucs) are in great position."

Just think about the list of players that the Bucs can select from. Landry mentioned Robinson, Matthews, Lewan, Mack, Watkins and Ebron. Plus, there are three quarterbacks who could all be top-10 selections, Blake Bortles of UCF, Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M and Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville. There is also defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina.

Bottom line, Landry is spot on in my opinion. The Bucs are going to get one hell of a player with the seventh pick of the draft.

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