There have been many mock drafts already released by numerous websites. A recent article released by NFL.com has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selecting Wide Receiver- John Ross (Washington), Defensive Back- Desmond King (Iowa), and Defensive Tackle- Elijah Qualls (Washington).
The Bucs are in desperate need of offensive help and Ross has the potential to fill the role perfectly. Ross was a standout receiver at Washington this past season. Ross totaled 17 touchdowns this year. He also totaled almost 1,200 yards this season. The downfall of Ross would be he is a smaller receiver. The one thing the Bucs like is big targets at wide receiver. Ross may be a perfect fit for the slot alongside Mike Evans and Cameron Brate.
In the second round, there is defensive back Desmond King falling to the Buccaneers. The Bucs did suffer from lack of depth in the secondary at the beginning of the year. Conte is not the long-term answer for the Bucs, as he was one of Lovie Smith’s guys brought over. Tandy filled in adequately for Conte while injured, but most people would agree that he is a stopgap until Tampa can find a full-time starter. King put up impressive numbers in a loaded Big Ten Conference. King accumulated 58 tackles and also played multiple positions for the Hawkeyes. He was a kick returner, punt returner, and defensive back. Tampa needs help in both special teams and the secondary. He would be a great fit with the veterans that are currently on the roster.
Lastly, With the number 84 pick in this years NFL draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Defensive Tackle Elijah Qualls out of Washington. This pick is a no-brainer for the Buccaneers. Qualls will add much need depth on the defensive front of the Buccaneers. Qualls will join fellow Huskie John Ross. The 325-pound defensive lineman accumulated 3 sacks this year and was a key component in the Huskie defense.
All three of these picks will be impact players for the Buccaneers in 2017. The free agent market will also help with added depth to the Buccaneers. Hopefully, with continued success in the draft, our Buccaneers will find themselves back in the playoffs next season. We look forward to seeing what young talent Coach Koetter and GM Jason Licht will bring in for us. GO BUCS!