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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2024 Team Mock

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Amazingly enough, the wheels have not fallen off the wagon for GM Jason Licht and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the departure of one TOM BRADY… alias The GOAT. Last season they signed BAKER MAYFIELD at a bargain price and he and new O.C. DAVID CANALES formed a solid leadership team for the BUCS Offense.

In a weak NFC South, the BUCS found themselves in the playoffs again. The challenges for this off-season were numerous, starting with the departure of CANALES to the PANTHERS to fill their head coaching position. The team was also in sad shape up against the Salary Cap and had multiple VFA to attempt to bring back. 

Seemingly, GM Licht has done it again as the team heads into the Draft with most of their VFA re-signed and back on the roster, including MAYFIELD. They lost a few VFA but not as many as was feared heading into the 2024 NFL Calendar year. Mike Evans/WR came back, as did Vita Vea on D.

They may miss SHAQ BARRETT & DEVIN WHITE from their Front 7, but overall they head into the 2024 Draft with a solid roster in place and & 7 Picks to add to the roster via the Draft. So let’s go drafting.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2024 Team Mock

Round 1  Pick  26      EDGERRIN COOPER   OB/ER   Texas A&M   6’2/227      PP#27       RAS/9.10              

When I look at COOPER for the Bucs I see the potential replacement for recently departed Shaq Barrett, but with better overall LB skills in addition to edge-rushing prowess. The A&M football program was a hot mess the past couple of years, yet COOPER managed to shine and rise above the chaos. With 4.51/40 times at the Combine, he can chase the ball with the best of them. And his 34″ arms & 80 1/8″ Wingspan also stand out. He had 83 tackles last season including 8 Sacks. 

Round 2, Pick 57      TREY BENSON    RB     Florida State     6’1/216        PP#55    RAS/9.70                             

To say that Benson is underrated is in itself an understatement. Not too many players at 216 lbs. can post a 4.39/40, which he did at the Combine. He averaged 5.8 ypc, including 14 rushing TDs in 2023. Bens is smooth as a pass receiver and shows good contact balance. He can do everything that RACHAAD WHITE can do but with more power and greater speed. 

Round 3, Pick 89        RENARDO GREEN   CB     Florida State     6’0/185       PP#83          RAS/8.19  

Another Seminole who showed serious development during the 2023 football season. To my eyes, he plays faster than his 4.49/40 Combine time. His 1 INT may suggest that he’s not a ball hawk, but 12 Passes Defense tells you he retains contact with the receivers he’s been charged to cover. He should adequately replace the very expensive Carlton Davis, perhaps as a Rookie.

Round 3, Pick 92     CHRIS MAHOGANY    OG    Boston College    6’2/318     PP#R4     RAS/9.63                    

The BUCS OL has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons. But they have been successful overall, with guys like HAINSEY & MAUCH, in drafting youthful replacements. Add MAHOGANY who continues the long line of B.C Eagle OL to head to the NFL. He has long-range stater potential to my eyes.

Round 4, Pick 125          JOHNNY WILSON      WR/TE    Florida State    6’6/235    PP#113    RAS/9.69        

There is a serious question about whether he’s a real TE or a large WR, but not much question that he is a good receiver and will work as a blocker. 10″ hand size & 35 3/8″ arms add up to an 84 3/8″ Wingspan, which means a huge catch radius. He could develop into a serious, versatile receiver. Look for him to get increased playing time as the season progresses.

Round  6, Pick 220     CADE STOVER    TE    Ohio State     6’4/250      PP#200+       RAS/8.13    

There is no doubt that STOVER has been a successful convert from LB to TE while playing for the Buckeyes. I expect versatility from him as a pro, with some Special Teams work to add to his quiver of weapons overall. 

Round 7, Pick 246     JORDAN JEFFERSON    DT     LSU      6’3/325    PP#200+    RAS/8.07                              

This guy isn’t really special, but he has pro size and attitude. Jefferson was the guy tearing off blockers’ helmets in Senior Bowl practices in Mobile. Can anchor inside, and collapse the pocket at times. 325 lbs, with 33 1/8″ arms and 82 1/4″ wingspan gives the coaching staff some physical tools to work with. Would fit in nicely within their DL rotation.

 

Filling some position holes with young, inexpensive talent is always a goal when the Draft rolls around. And the BUCS scouting crew has mined a lot of Draft diamonds in the rough over the years. A good haul is needed again this year.

Pigskin Paul 

 

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