Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mock Madness Rounds 1-7
Mock Madness is upon us and due to the amount of mock drafts I have seen, I have decided to do one for my team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
I will pick 11 players and include all seven rounds.
There will be some sleepers and some "what was he thinking about" moments, but all—in—all it's just wishful thinking to help turn my franchise around from a 3—13 season to a contender.
Let's get started!
Round One, Pick Three: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
Unless the draft follows the script of Sam Bradford to the Rams, and Russell Okung to the Lions, this may not be a viable option.
The Buccaneers have a 33 percent chance of landing this player.
DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
Gerald McCoy is considered by some to be a better fit for the Buccaneers defense.
If the St. Louis Rams do not take a quarterback with the first pick, chances are McCoy will be gone by the second pick.
Sleeper: DT Dan Williams,Tennessee
Dan Williams may be seen as a dark horse but he has quietly been moving up the charts.
Look for Dan Williams to be Tampa Bay's possible pick if, with their No. 3 pick Suh or McCoy are taken and are unable to trade out of this spot.
Round Two, Pick 35: DB Devin McCourty, Rutgers
McCourty has been moving up the draft boards and has the possibility to be taken in the first round.
Many mock drafts have predicted him possibly going to Baltimore.
However, many more mock drafts have him going in the second round.
He would be a great Buccaneer pickup.
WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
Arrelious Benn have been dropping in a few mock drafts with the possibility that he could go to the Rams, who have the top pick in the second round.
If he doesn't go to the Rams, he is a real possibility for the Bucs with pick 35.
Sleeper: OL Jerry Hughes,Texas Christian
Sounds like Jerry Hughes is someone the Buccaneers could use.
Although it is possible he maybe drafted in the first round, he may be available to Tampa Bay with the 35th overall pick.
Round Two, Pick 42: WR Demarius Thomas, Georgia Tech
Demarius Thomas' broken foot could be a blessing in disguise for the Buccaneers.
I see him doing what Jonathan Stewart did for the Panthers coming off his surgical foot procedure, production at the wide receiver spot.
Chances are, he will not be able to run for scouts prior to the draft, which may have contributed to him sliding in the draft.
DB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest
Ghee is considered to be a very serviceable DB and would be a great choice for the Bucs if they miss out on McCourty.
Sleeper: OL Vladimir Ducasse, UMass
With the uncertain future of Aaron Sears, watch for the Buccaneers to take an offensive linemen to assist in protecting their franchise quarterback.
Vladimir Ducasse is an excellent pick. He was an Associated Press All—American and stands at 6'5".
Round Three, Pick 67: DE Corey Wooten, Northwestern
Corey Wooten is considered to be a very good run stopper, currently, a Buccaneer need.
At 6'6" and just over 300 pounds, imagine Drew Brees trying to throw over or around him.
DB Akwasi-Owusa-Ansah, Indiana University Pennsylvania
Overall speed is what the Buccaneers need and Ansah has speed to burn, running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.
Ansah also doubled as a punt and kick returner.
Sleeper: OG Mike Johnson, Alabama
This may be a little high for Johnson, but a majority of Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, runs came with big Mike pulling from his guard position, leading the way.
Sleeper No. 2: WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson
Speed is sorely missed with the Buccaneers and did you see him run at the Combine?
He reminds you of DeSean Jackson of the Eagles.
Round Four, Pick 101: OT Kyle Calloway, Iowa
Kyle Calloway, would be an upgrade on the right side of the offensive line.
Can we say possible replacement for Jeremy Trueblood?
FB Rashawn Jackson, Virginia
Rashawn Jackson can stay in the pocket for pass protection and catch the ball coming out of the backfield.
At 6'1", 239 pounds, the bruising lead blocker who can also get the tough yardage, is what the Bucs need to keep the chains moving.
The injury-prone B.J. Askew may be looking for another team if Jackson is available.
Sleeper: FS Myron Rolle, Florida State
With the signing of Sean Jones, the possibilities may be slim—to—none, but Myron Rolle is a great character individual and could not hurt the Bucs.
Round Five Pick 153: FB LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
LaGarrette Blount has passion and fire that was sorely missing from last year's Buccaneers squad.
He is also a power back and a definite need in the Buccaneer back field.
Say what you want about the Boise State incident, Blout made amends, did his time and is ready to move on.
OG Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
Another mauling guard?
Sergio Render will create competition for Sears, Joseph and Zuttah.
Sleeper: WR Carlton Mitchell, South Florida
Mitchell could go as high as the third round or as late as the seventh round.
That's why he's a sleeper here in the fifth round.
Round Six, Pick 172: DL George Selvie, South Florida
George Selvie was double—teamed most of last season and probably the reason why Pierre—Paul had so much success.
He could be a steal this late in the draft.
Any Punter Over 40 YPA
The Bucs could really use a punter and consistent kicker on their roster.
But will one be found in the draft?
Let's bring some in and give them a shot.
Sleeper: DE/DT C.J. Wilson, East Carolina
C.J. Wilson can play tackle or end but versatility will determine if he will compete for a roster spot.
Round Seven, Picks 210, 217, 232, 253: WR Andre Roberts, The Citadel
After showing good hands and body control at the Senior Bowl, Andre Roberts may deserve a look.
I consider him to be this year's version of Sammie Stroughter.
ILB Micah Johnson, Kentucky
Micah Johnson may not be available by the seventh round, but stranger things have happened.
He is a sideline—to—sideline run stuffer and could be Rudd's back-up.
Best Available Player(s)
At this stage of the draft, it's the best available player(s) left on the board.
In this Mock Madness draft, I was heavy DL, DB, OL and WR. Here's hoping some of these players will be available for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come draft time.