In the past few weeks, we have focused on what the draft could look like if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select an offensive lineman with the first overall pick. In this mock draft, we will explore how the first three rounds could unfold if the top four offensive tackles are taken before pick 14.
K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU
HT: 6’4 WT: 250 lbs
A ton of mock drafts have the Buccaneers selecting K’Lavon Chaisson at 14. To be honest, I think it would be a mistake if an elite offensive tackle is still on the board. But with that being said, lets break down some of Chaisson’s strengths and weaknesses.
Chaisson is a bullet off the edge, his jump off the snap might be the quickest in this years draft. Chaisson’s bend and flexibility around the edge is second to none, which creates an explosive move combined with his burst. His tackle radius is insane, and will often motor to the sideline to finish of a ball carrier. Lastly, Chaisson’s versatility in the red zone rounds out his athleticism, as he can stand up tight ends attempting to flair out for a pass.
Chaisson does not have many weakness, but they do exist. I would like to see him develop one more pass rushing counter, especially when working to the inside. His production is also a red flag, with only 9.5 sacks in three seasons at LSU. ACL tears are much less of an issue with modern medicine, but Chaisson did suffer this injury in 2018, and it should be closely monitored at the NFL combine.
Josh Jones, OT, Houston
HT: 6’5 WT: 311 lbs
It might be a pipe-dream to expect Josh Jones to fall to the 45th pick, but there is a world where such a scenario is possible. In this mock draft, Jones fell to the second round, any general manager would be a fool to let him slip any further.
Josh Jones shot up draft boards after an impressive Senior Bowl performance. He is a great athletic for someone his size, and shows exceptional ability to get down the field during screens. Jones showed consistent development at Houston, and improved as a pass and run blocker by his senior season. His measurables are also solid for a right tackle in the NFL.
Jones’ footwork is easily his worst trait, and will need adequate coaching at the next level to fully develop. He is inconsistent in certain passing sets and he won’t translate to a day one starter in the NFL. In a perfect world, Jones could sit behind veteran Demar Dotson or Donovan Smith and mold into a starter down the line.
Zack Moss, RB, Utah
HT: 5’10 WT: 222 lbs
Zack Moss has quickly shot up my draft board, and by the end of the combine, he might surpass Cam Akers. The running back out of Utah can make an immediate impact as a three down back in the NFL. His cutting ability is that of an elite prospect, and his pass blocking ability will make Bruce Arians drool.
He doesn’t have the best athletic ability, and he can sometimes loose track of the ball on more difficult routes. But his passing catching ability is well ahead of Ronald Jones II coming out of college. Another knock on Moss is his second gear. He frequently gets caught from behind on breakaway runs, but that isn’t his archetype. Moss is a bruiser who you can depend on in short yardage situations, and his 750 carries in college proves his durability.