Sunday, January 17, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, 4.0

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:

EDSFootball - Kevin Hanson (1/15)

27. Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)

One of the team strengths for the Bucs is their ability to get after the quarterback (47 sacks, third in NFL). That said, Shaquil Barrett (eight sacks) is playing this season on the franchise tag and the 32-year-old Jason Pierre-Paul (team-high 9.5 sacks) will enter the final year of his contract in 2021.

Taking an indirect path from being the No. 3 recruit in the 2017 ESPN 300 to a potential first-round pick, Phillips had eight sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss over 10 games in his first season for the Hurricanes.

San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)

27. Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

Ndamukong Suh, Rakeem Nunez-Roches and Steve McLendon will all be free agents. Most analysts considered Barmore a potential first-rounder on potential alone. He gave everyone a glimpse of that high ceiling by dominating Notre Dame and Ohio State -- two of the best offensive lines in the nation -- in the College Football Playoffs.

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/13)

27. Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

Tampa Bay plans for the future at defensive end with Basham, who's humongous and strong at the point of attack but moves like he's 25 pounds lighter than he really is.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/12)

27. Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Bruce Arians wants a reliable pass-catcher at running back and neither Ronald Jones nor Ke'Shawn Vaughn have proved to be that (and Leonard Fournette likely not back). The Bucs were ready to draft Antonio Gibson for that role in last year's second round before Antoine Winfield fell to them, so I expect Harris to be strongly considered here if still available for Tampa.

The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/7)

27. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

Tampa Bay has some challenging decisions to make after the season regarding several key free agents, but to run it back with Tom Brady and find success, making sure the offensive line is solidified is paramount. The Bucs proved they can get immediate production from a rookie blocker this year in Tristan Wirfs and Vera-Tucker could do it again next year on the interior. Tampa Bay needs immediate returns on draft picks to maximize the window to win with Brady and interior offensive linemen can do just that. Vera-Tucker is a polished technician that can play multiple spots.

ESPN - Todd McShay (1/7)

27. Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

It's noteworthy that Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski are all on expiring deals, but the front seven's descent into free agency is more eyebrow-raising. Few teams had a better defense in 2020, and no one came close to the Buccaneers' run-stopping. Their 80.6 rushing yards allowed were 10 better than the second-best team. But Tampa Bay must now figure how to keep from slipping, with Ndamukong Suh, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Steve McLendon, Lavonte David, Shaquil Barrett and Kevin Minter all looking at the open market on the horizon. That's a problem. Barmore, a third-year sophomore, shows strong gap control against the run, and he tallied 7.0 sacks this season. The 310-pounder would lighten any offseason losses while lining up alongside Vita Vea.

USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/5)

25. Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

Regardless of whether Shaquil Barrett re-signs, Tampa Bay should look to invest in another edge presence. Oweh did not record a sack in seven games this season, but his rare burst and closing speed signal a much more fruitful pro career.

Athlon Sports - Bryan Fisher (1/5)

25. Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

Keeping a hand out of Tom Brady's face remains paramount as the ageless wonder continues and the investment up front is likely to continue with Vera-Tucker. He brings positional flexibility to the point where he could handle either tackle spot or kick inside if needed.

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