Reader’s Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the Clock

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Jan 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith is introduced as head coach during a press conference at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL draft will be here before we know it.  Now that Free Agency has settled down, team needs have come into focus.  That could mean only one thing – it’s time for another mock draft!  But rather than us sitting back and throwing darts at the wall, we thought we’d let you join in the fun.  We’ll roll through the draft order and give each team choices based on team needs and the best players available and you’ll vote on the picks for each team. On with the countdown…

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)

Immediately, the 2013 season started as a nightmare for the Bucs. On top of losing their first 8 games of the season, they lost star running back Doug Martin to a season ending injury and reports of a rift between head coach Greg Schiano and starting quarterback Josh Freeman were coming from the locker room. This eventually led to the departure of Freeman and the reigns being turned over to rookie third round pick QB Mike Glennon. Although Glennon set rookie franchise records stepping in for Freeman, the Bucs offense ranked at or near the bottom of the league in every offensive category. The fan support of head coach Greg Schiano began to decay by evidence of a billboard erected in town saying “Fire Schiano!” By seasons end, fans got their wish as Schiano, along with general manager Mark Dominik, was fired. Even though the defense had some bright spots last year, new head coach Lovie Smith will have his work cut out for him.

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  • Vince Ferlita

    Bucs do not need an OT. They just signed Collins, they had one of the highest rated right tackles last year (the only bright spot on the oline), and Meredith plays backup to both sides. If they draft a tackle it will be Robinson who can be a dominant guard. They look to get an Off weapon like Watkins, Evans or Ebron (the latter two could be trade back possibilities but who wants to move up and for what price). Mack and Clowney are also two other options but they will be gone like Watkins. Lets hope one of Watkins, Clowney, Mack, or Robinson fall to 7. Right now it prob wont happen so you have to think about Bortles if he slips or moving back to get Ebron or Evans. Second round you want Su’afilo, Ealy if he falls, Cooks, Amaro, Crichton, (ideally Off weapon, guard, pass rusher depending on 1st round choice). Finally with the third you pray McCarron is there. I know for a fact that he is rated as one of Lovie’s top QBs maybe even ahead of the big four (Bortles, Bridgewater, Manziel, and Carr). Best case for the Bucs is the 5 QB needy teams picking in the top 10 take a QB which starts a run on them letting other players fall. However, now scouts are saying all QBs except Bortles could fall as far as the 30s!

  • Michael McGrath

    What do you think about the Bucs skipping any QB in the draft and going after Josh McCown?

    • bobportcharlotte

      This was not a good move. McCown will not be throwing to Marshall, Jeffrey, Bennett or Forte. He also will not be working in the Mark Trestman offensive scheme. Lovie Smith could never put together a decent offensive system while coaching the Bears. It will be interesting to watch this saga play out in Tampa Bay.

      • Vince Ferlita

        Jeff Tedford is an offensive genius who is just as much prob more of a QB guru than Trestman. That’s why they brought him in. McCowns gonna throw to Martin, Jackson, Wright, and maybe Williams. Freeman was carried by his receivers. Either way McCown is a guy who can be a veteran and not turn the ball over until they find the answer at QB. I think McCarron is alright but like I said Lovie is high on him. I think David Fales is a sleeper and I think Derek Carr is being overlooked. I do still like Glennon who had numbers like Wilson and Luck in their rookie campaigns with absolutely no supporting cast or oline. I think he deserves a shot to be the starter and financially makes a lot of sense just like Wilson is for Seattle. A 3rd rd rookie contract is less than veteran min.

        • bobportcharlotte

          Lovie Smith never did find an offensive genius in his nine years with the Bears. It is really hard to believe that he has done so in his first year with the Bucs. All we can do is wait and watch how it all plays out. It should be a fun season!

          • Sinclair Phos

            Jeff Tedford is far from an offensive genius and Lovie Smith knows less than shit about the offensive side of the football. It is really too bad that the Glazers were out of town stupid and hired this incompetent inept imbecile to be your Head Football Coach. When I heard Tampa hired him to be their new HC, I assumed Head Custodian. You had better hope the Glazers are quicker to realize that Lovie is NOT a head football coach than the Mckaskeys were

    • Michael Curcio

      I think that McCown is a short term band aid and insurance policy for Glennon, he’s not the future. They would be foolish to completely ignore that position in high rounds of this draft as I don’t think they’re sold on Glennon.

      As stated by Bob below, this offense struggled horribly to move the ball last year and I think you’ll see that effect McCown’s performance if he gets the nod. That being said, they have improved through free agency this year, even with the loss of Revis.