The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the seventh pick in Round one of the NFL draft this week and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding which players will be available at this draft slot and what direction the Bucs will head in.
Tampa Bay has Had several top tier recruits visit the team including RB Saquon Barkley, out of Penn Stare, who is generally considered the top talent in the draft. Whether or not he falls to the Bucs is dependent on how many teams go for one of the big four QBs; Darnold, Rosen, Allen, or Mayfield, which can push one of the top non-Qbs into the lap of the Bucs.
The Bucs may target offensive guard, Quentin Nelson of Notre Dame who is considered a generational talent and prospect at the position and also maybe the best prospect of the draft. The offensive guard position is not a premium position and Nelson is seen to be lacking the ability to flip out to the more highly desired Offensive tackle position. Still, with the move in the NFL to more 3-4 defense schemes, a top interior guard may be a great option for teams looking to build out an interior run game.
Tampa Bay may also pick one of the elite talents in the defensive secondary such as Minkah Fitzpatrick, the CB out of Alabama, or Denzel Ward, the CB from Syracuse. These CBs should provide the Bucs with the top tier secondary talent that they haven’t had since Ronde Barber.
There are other defensive possibilities for the Bucs such as defensive end Bradley Chubb, if he drops, or LB Roquan Smith from Georgia.
The NFL draft is a three day affair and starts this Thursday and continues through Saturday. The Bucs have already traded away their third round pick for the Giants Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul, and also flipped 4th round Picks with New York.
There is more uncertainty than ever for the Bucs in Round one and GM Jason Licht likely enjoys it. Licht was notorious for baiting the Browns into taking massive bust quarterback Johnny Manziel. The reality is that the Bucs will be in a mode of being opportunistic and won’t know who they are targeting or likely to get until their pick on Thursday.