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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 Seven Round Mock Draft

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a fairly poor season. On the bright side, they have won three games in a row. On the other side, they only have three wins on the season. With the schedule the Bucs have ahead, it will be hard for them to rack up wins as the season ends. Fortunately, the future could be bright for Tampa Bay with a solid defense and a good running game when Doug Martin is healthy. The Buccaneers will also have a chance to build their roster up in the draft this year. Here are my picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Notes: 

The New York Jets have the Buccaneers’ 3rd round pick from the Darrelle Revis trade.

The Chicago Bears have the Buccaneers’ 6th round pick from the Gabe Carimi trade.

The Buccaneers have a conditional pick from the Philadelphia Eagles from the Arrelious Benn trade. (Conditions have not been released yet)

I will be giving the Buccaneers the 3rd overall pick.

 

Round One: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, RS SO.

Mike Glennon has performed pretty well this year, but Tampa Bay would do well to pick up Mariota here. While Glennon has been serviceable, he isn’t the future of the Buccaneers’ franchise. Mariota, on the other hand, could be a franchise changing quarterback. While Mariota is more of a project, Glennon can man the quarterback position until the Oregon quarterback is ready. Mariota is exciting to watch. He can make plays with his feet with his exceptional speed, and also shows solid awareness in the pocket. Mariota has only thrown two interceptions this year, and both came in a huge loss against Arizona. His play in losses has shown that Mariota is not exactly NFL ready, but with some grooming he could be a top NFL quarterback. If Tampa Bay doesn’t trade down, Mariota would make sense.

Second Option: Marqise Lee, WR, USC, JR.

Third Option: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, JR.

 

Round Two: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt, SR.

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If available here, Jordan Matthews would be a great pick for Tampa Bay. Outside of Vincent Jackson, the Bucs do not get a lot of production from their wide receivers. Matthews is a big receiver capable of going up and getting the ball in traffic. After an incredibly productive career at Vanderbilt, his range on draft night should be right around the end of the first round/beginning of the second round. If the Buccaneers want a solid wide receiver duo to provide Mike Glennon or Marcus Mariota with, it would be smart to draft Matthews to pair with Jackson.

Second Option: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss, JR.

Third Option: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama, JR.

 

Round Four: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada, SR.

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While he may be a bit of an unknown prospect, if Bitonio were to be available here, the Buccaneers would be wise to draft him. Bitonio could possibly play guard or tackle in the NFL, but the biggest key is his run blocking ability. Bitonio helped pave the way for one of the nation’s best rushing attack last season, and continues to be a mauler for a pretty productive offense. Bitonio could provide immediate depth for Tampa Bay, and you can never have too much depth on the offensive line.

Second Option: Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia, JR.

Third Option: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut, JR.

 

Round Five: Jacob Pedersen, TE, Wisconsin, SR.

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It’s no secret that the Buccaneers can use some help at tight end. A productive tight end can make all the difference in opening up an offense. If Pedersen were to be available here, it would make perfect sense for Tampa Bay to pick him up. Pedersen is a competitor, he will always go up to catch balls and fight for them in traffic. He will fight for extra yards, and he is a capable contributor as a blocker. He has above average speed and toughness, and Pedersen could contribute immediately.

Second Option: Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA, SR.

Third Option: Jonotthan Harrison, C, Florida, SR.

 

Round Seven: Noel Grigsby, WR, San Jose State, SR.

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Noel Grigsby got hurt and only played two games this year, and that will hurt his draft stock, but Grigsby would be an intriguing seventh round pick for Tampa Bay. Grigsby was very productive during his sophomore and junior seasons, and was expected to have another great senior season. Grigsby is quick, and could provide the Buccaneers with a solid slot option and special teams performer. He has good hands, but he is undersized at just 5’10 and 175. In the 7th round, however, Grigsby has more upside than downside, and could be worth a gamble.

Second Choice: Derel Walker, WR, Texas A&M, SR.

Third Choice: Corey Brown, WR, Ohio State, SR.

 

Well there are my picks for the Bucs in 2014. They have 5 in total, 6 if you include the conditional pick. I have them taking one (1) quarterback, two (2,7) wide receivers, one (4) offensive tackle, and one (5) tight end. What are your thoughts? Who do you think Tampa Bay should draft? Let me know in the comments!

 

(Photo one source) http://fishduck.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Marcus-Mariota-82-FS12CS.jpg

(Photo two source) http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Jordan+Matthews+Presbyterian+v+Vanderbilt+Sgw-qBgIlqGl.jpg

(Photo three source) http://blogs.rgj.com/packblog/files/2012/11/Bitonio_Joel_ORE-2.jpg

(Photo four source) http://www3.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Jacob+Pedersen+Desmond+King+Wisconsin+v+Iowa+3Z_OUWgcl0tx.jpg

(Photo five source) http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Johnson+Bademosi+Noel+Grigsby+San+Jose+State+0ZQKBWjjoCAl.jpg

Author: Rob Wegley

Co-Owner of The Runner Sports, Senior Editor for The Runner Sports, Writer for The Runner Sports focused on the NFL and the NBA. Located in the Chicago area. Professional journalist since 2012.