Happy NFL Draft week! We are only days away from turning months of speculation into reality. In my final 2020 mock draft, I will give my best guess of what I think will happen starting April 23rd. Lets jump in!
*TRADE* Round 1, Pick 9
Buccaneers receive: Pick 9
Jaguars receive: Pick 14, Pick 194, 2021 2nd
Jedrick Wills, OT, Alabama
HT: 6’5″ WT: 320 lbs
If the Buccaneers want a top four tackle, they will need to trade up. I fear they may stay at 14th and draft Josh Jones, which wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, but 14 is a bit of a reach in my opinion.
I think Jedrick Wills has a chance to fall based on his position (right tackle) and the talent of the position overall. Teams seem to have higher grades on Mekhi Becton and Tristan Wirfs, which will hopefully allow Wills to slip.
Round 2, Pick 45
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU
HT: 5’8″ WT: 209 lbs
Everyone’s new draft crush, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the pick in round two. I think there is a real possibility that a team trades back into first round to secure him though. So if he reaches 45, I bet Licht will be writing out that card with a gleaming smile.
Edwards-Helaire is an elite pass catching back with incredible contact balance in space. The Buccaneers have been searching for a running back that can be a weapon on all three downs, and Edward-Helaire can certainly fill that role.
Round 3, Pick 76
Marlon Davidson, IDL, Auburn
HT: 6’3″ WT: 297 lbs
The Buccaneers defensive line is up there in age. Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh are both over the age of 30, which means they will need to have a replacement option soon.
Marlon Davidson was a monster at Auburn, he even lined up as a stand-up rusher when needed. This defensive tackle class isn’t as deep as people seem to think, but if you can snag Davidson in round three, you are well on your way to building for the future.
Round 4, Pick 117
Van Jefferson, WR, Florida
HT: 6’2″ WT: 197 lbs
I am admittedly much higher on Van Jefferson than most analysts, so the fact that Tampa Bay can draft him in round four is a steal in my mind.
Jefferson didn’t have the receiving numbers at Florida, but I chalk it up to poor quarterback play more than anything. When you turn on the film, Jefferson has the talent to be a stud WR3 for the Buccaneers. He could be the last missing piece this offense needs for a Super Bowl run.
Round 4, Pick 139
James Morgan, QB, Florida International
HT: 6’4″ WT: 213 lbs
In my opinion, the Buccaneers need to draft their quarterback of the future in 2020. James Morgan has the physical tools to be that guy. His pocket awareness and mobility remind me of Tom Brady, even if he does take unnecessary sacks at times.
Morgan still needs to develop his ability to lead a pro-style offense, but a few years behind Brady should be the key to unlocking his true potential.
Round 5, Pick 161
J.R. Reed, S, Georgia
HT: 6’1″ WT: 194 lbs
More of a developmental selection, J.R. Reed was a solid defensive back at Georgia. You’ll be hard pressed to find a starter in the fifth round, but the Buccaneers don’t need him to be that guy. Instead, Reed will be used as a return man given his speed.
Tampa Bay hasn’t had a solid returner since Michael Spurlock, and it’s time this team wins in all three facets of the game. Reed can eventually carve out a role on defense, but for now, he can contribute in a big way elsewhere.