Saturday, February 6, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 5.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bucs: - Zierlein (2/4)

31. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)

A long-limbed edge rusher with exciting athletic talent and size, Phillips would help bolster a Bucs pass rush that could lose Shaq Barrett and Ndamukong Suh to free agency. Due to a lengthy injury history, his medical reports will garner plenty of attention. - Brooks (2/1)

31. Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

With Shaquil Barrett due to become a free agent this offseason, the Buccaneers could snag Ossai to replace his production off the edge.

Akron Beacon Journal - Kadar (2/1)

31. Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

The Buccaneers have a ton of free agents this offseason, and a lot of them are big names. Pass rusher Shaq Barrett, linebacker Lavonte David, tight end Rob Gronkowski, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh are all free agents. But at wide receiver, they have potentially two big holes with Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin free agents. If they want to save some money to sign someone like Barrett or Suh, they could target a wide receiver at the end of the first round. You can make an argument for Marshall, Tutu Atwell of Louisville or Rondale Moore of Purdue. There will be some options even at No. 31.

The Ringer - Kelly (1/31)

31. Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

The Super Bowl--bound Buccaneers got massive contributions from their 2020 rookie class―particularly right tackle Tristan Wirfs and safety Antoine Winfield Jr.―and should be looking for much of the same by grabbing Etienne. Running back is a bit of a luxury pick at this spot, of course, but the Clemson star brings rare speed on the ground and big-play ability in the passing attack. And crucially, he could do his part to help Tom Brady make a run at an 11th Super Bowl appearance in 2021.

USA Today - Davis (1/28)

31. Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa

Depth looms as an issue on the Bucs' D-line, especially if DT Ndamukong Suh, 34, calls it a career or signs elsewhere in the offseason. An interior force, Nixon is fresh off earning Big Ten defensive player of the year honors after posting 5½ sacks and 13½ tackles for loss in eight games.

ESPN - Kiper (1/26)

31. Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

Like the Saints, Tampa Bay has a few priority free agents on the defensive side of the ball, including Shaq Barrett, Ndamukong Suh and Lavonte David. Unlike the Saints, though, the Bucs have the cap space to bring them back if they want to. After general manager Jason Licht filled holes with his top two picks in last April's draft -- Tristan Wirfs and Antoine Winfield Jr. were instant impact players -- he can do that again with Tryon, who had eight sacks in 2019 but opted out of this past season. With Jason Pierre-Paul now 32, Tampa could use edge rushers. That's 6-5 Tryon. Iowa defensive tackle Daviyon Nixon is another option -- he could replace Suh. (Also, Bucs fans, remember that we're using ESPN's FPI to project the order here, and it favors the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.) - Jeremiah (1/22)

31. Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

Tryon is very well regarded around the league. He has size, length and power. He would be a nice fallback option if the Bucs lose Shaq Barrett in free agency.

Baltimore Sun - Doon (1/22)

29. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The defense is a huge priority for Tampa Bay this offseason with Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David and Ndamukong Suh hitting free agency. But would they be able to pass up a talent like Harris? Running the football isn't essential to Bruce Arians' offense, but a pass-catcher like Harris, who averaged 9.8 yards per reception in college, would be a nice addition for quarterback Tom Brady.

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