With two months away from the NFL Draft, there are many targets the Bucs can pursue and tons of scenarios I could see. Here are the possible picks the Bucs will pick up
1st round no. 5 – Greedy Williams – Jr. – Cornerback – LSU
If defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is going to pursue an overly aggressive defense, it would be important to have a reliable secondary. Ranking dead last due to injuries and poor execution, Williams is ranked by many to be the top corner in the draft. His freshman year produced six interceptions and 11 passes defended. While his numbers dropped in 2018, he still produced two INTs and nine passes defended showing he has a nose for the ball with his 6-3 and 184 lb.-frame.
1st round second choice –Josh Jacobs – Jr. – Running Back – Alabama
There aren’t many running backs projected to be taken in the first round given the demands for quarterbacks, pass rushers, linebackers and linemen. It’s possible in trading down a few spots, the Bucs can get a lower 1st rounder and still get Williams and Josh Jacobs. Viewed as the top running back, the Crimson Tide junior has been fearsome from the backfield topping 500 yards twice in shared duties, but the number that really stands out is his eye for the endzone going from one rushing TD in 2017 to 11 in 2018. At 5-10, 216 lb, he could be the second coming of David Johnson for Bruce Arians.
2nd Round no. 39 Nasir Adderly – Sr. – Safety – Delaware
Going secondary in a row wouldn’t be a bad idea especially for this ball hawk. With 11 interceptions, the 6-0, 200 lb has also shown the capability on special teams to return kicks returning 35 kicks for a combined 863 yards. With Adderly and Williams’ hands and Bowles’ scheme, it should help produce turnovers when during most of the season, the Bucs ranked dead last in INTs
2nd round second choice – David Edwards – Jr. – OT – Wisconsin
It’s kind of a toss-up given Donovan Smith’s uncertain status for 2019 if he’ll re-sign with the Bucs or vie for free agency. Standing at 6-7, 315 lb., David Edwards has the strength and speed to play tackle and guard. Also possible selections, Greg Little of Ole Miss or Cody Ford of Oklahoma.
3rd round no. 70 – Tre Lemar – Sr. – ILB – Clemson
Some have Lemar off the board in round 2, but he could fall to the Bucs at 70. He has the speed to penetrate through gaps to tackle in the backfield either for negative yards or sacks, which makes him an ideal fit for Bowles’ defense. At 6-4, 250 lb, he’s not known for his coverage skills so it’s possible he might just be used exclusively in early downs when additional defensive backs aren’t needed.
3rd round second choice – Tytus Howard – Sr. – OT – Alabama State
Given the success of Ali Marpet, the Bucs may take another stab at drafting another lineman from a smaller school in the 6-6, 311 lb. Taking a wait and see approach, he’ll at least be penciled in as a future starter even if he may not be as polished from the start.
Do you agree with those on this list? Do you have a different names in mind for Arians’ first draft as Bucs head coach?