Round 1: Pick #7: Denzel Ward: CB Ohio State.
With the signing of Jason Pierre-Paul, the Bucs are no longer desperate for an edge rusher. What they do need is help at CB and Ward is the best in this draft, as well as the best player still available. At 5’10” 191 lbs, Ward is not very tall, but is incredibly athletic. He ran a 4.32 FYD and had a 39” vertical leap at this year’s Combine. He is very good in man and press coverage and does an excellent job of mirroring receivers. In his senior year, he allowed only a 32 percent completion percentage on balls thrown his way. He is also a great Ball-Hawk!
Round 2: Pick #38: Nick Chubb: RB Georgia.
The Bucs are in dire need of a RB. Peyton Barber has shown flashes, but I’m not comfortable with him as our starting RB. At 5’10” and 227 lbs, Chubb is an extremely strong runner. At the Combine, he put up 29 reps on the bench press, but with all that strength also comes good speed for his size with a 4.52 FYD. He’s also an excellent athlete as he has a 38.5 inch vertical jump. He’s a great runner inside or to the outside and is hard to bring down once he gets his legs churning. He would look great in Pewter and Red!
Round 4: Pick 106 (from NY Giants) : Josh Sweat: DE Florida State.
At 6’4” and 250 lbs, Sweat will need to add some more muscle, but he is a steal in the 4th round. Very athletic for his size with a 4.53 FYD and a 39.5 inch vertical leap. Last year he started 12 games, posting 56 tackles, 12.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks. Sweat will be a project no question about it, but he could pay off big!
Round 5 Pick: 144 Kevin Toliver II: CB LSU.
The Bucs need help at CB. Brent Grimes can’t play forever and Hargreaves has nickel back written all over him. Kevin Toliver has the size and speed to start in the NFL with a 4.42 FYD and standing at 6’3″ 204 lbs, yet some say he has an entitlement attitude. Yet other scouts say he has first round talent if you can control his attitude. He is good in the press and in man coverage. He also is good at defending the deep ball.
Edited by Morgan Adele