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Buccaneers Big Board and Final Draft Thoughts

 

PICK IS IN!!!! Buccaneers select Florida State Quarterback, Jameis Winston. 

With the NFL Draft fast approaching this Thursday night, take a look at TBC’s Buccaneers Big Board. All players on this list are graded, a solid chunk with breakdowns accessible on the site, and ordered by a combination of final grade and positional importance. Take a look and be sure to read about some of the “snubs” after the board, based on information we’ve received.

 

Rank Player Position School Final Grade Round Grade CBS Composite Rank CBS Composite Round
1 Jameis Winston QB Florida State University 8.6 Top 10 2 1
2 Dante Fowler Jr. PRE University of Florida 8.4 Top 15 5 1
3 Andrus Peat LT Stanford University 8.4 Top 15 15 1
4 Amari Cooper OWR University of Alabama 8.6 Top 10 4 1
5 Todd Gurley RB University of Georgia 8.5 Top 10 11 1
6 Eric Kendricks MIK University of California, Los Angeles 8.3 Top 15 40 2
7 La’El Collins RT Louisiana State University 8.3 Top 15 18 1
8 Kevin White OWR West Virginia University 8.2 Top 20 7 1
9 Devante Parker OWR University of Louisville 8.2 Top 20 12 1
10 Jake Fisher LT University of Oregon 7.9 2nd Round 31 1
11 Marcus Mariota QB University of Oregon 7.9 2nd Round 3 1
12 Kevin Johnson OCB Wake Forest University 8.2 Top 20 19 1
13 Leonard Williams NT University of Southern Cal 8.2 Top 20 1 1
14 Nate Orchard PRE University of Utah 7.8 2nd Round 69 3
15 D.J. Humphries LT University of Florida 7.8 2nd Round 36 2
16 Denzel Perryman MIK University of Miami 8.1 Top 20 76 3
17 Brandon Scherff OG University of Iowa 8.1 Top 20 8 1
18 Carl Davis UT University of Iowa 7.9 2nd Round 53 2
19 Malcom Brown UT University of Texas 7.9 2nd Round 21 1
20 Marcus Peters OCB University of Washington 8.1 Top 20 26 1
21 Brett Hundley QB University of California, Los Angeles 7.7 2nd Round 63 2
22 Byron Jones OCB University of Connectcut 8.0 1st Round 20 1
23 Breshad Perriman OWR University of Central Florida 7.9 2nd Round 17 1
24 Landon Collins SS University of Alabama 8.1 Top 20 25 1
25 Rashad Greene IWR Florida State University 7.9 2nd Round 58 2
26 Dorial Green-Beckham OWR University of Oklahoma 7.8 2nd Round 28 1
27 Jalen Collins OCB Louisiana State University 7.9 2nd Round 39 2
28 Bud Dupree SDE University of Kentucky 7.9 2nd Round 13 1
29 Cam Erving C Florida State University 7.7 2nd Round 24 1
30 A.J. Cann OG University of South Carolina 7.8 2nd Round 62 2
31 T.J. Clemmings RT University of Pittsburgh 7.8 2nd Round 50 2
32 Cedric Ogbuehi RT Texas A&M University 7.8 2nd Round 45 2
33 Randy Gregory SAM University of Nebraska 8.0 1st Round 16 1
34 Nelson Agholor OWR University of Southern Cal 7.7 2nd Round 34 2
35 Bobby McCain ICB University of Memphis 7.8 2nd Round 137 5
36 Ereck Flowers RT University of Miami 7.7 2nd Round 22 1
37 Eric Rowe FS University of Utah 7.8 2nd Round 38 2
38 Ronald Darby OCB Florida State University 7.7 2nd Round 30 1
39 Paul Dawson WIL Texas Christian University 7.5 3rd Round 84 3
40 Tre’ Jackson OG Florida State University 7.6 3rd Round 78 3
41 Justin Hardy IWR East Carolina University 7.6 3rd Round 106 4
42 Bryce Petty QB Baylor University 7.3 4th Round 73 3
43 Jay Ajayi RB Boise State University 7.7 2nd Round 65 3
44 Xavier Cooper UT Washington State University 7.4 3rd Round 79 3
45 Jaelen Strong OWR Arizona State University 7.5 3rd Round 41 2
46 Phillip Dorsett OWR University of Miami 7.5 3rd Round 32 1
47 Devin Smith OWR Ohio State University 7.5 3rd Round 46 2
48 P.J. Williams OCB Florida State University 7.6 3rd Round 70 3
49 Trae Waynes OCB Michigan State University 7.6 3rd Round 9 1
50 Maxx Williams ITE University of Minnesota 7.6 3rd Round 43 2
51 Reese Dismukes C University of Auburn 7.4 3rd Round 136 4
52 Benardrick McKinney MIK Mississippi State University 7.5 3rd Round 51 2
53 Ty Sambrailo LT Colorado State University 7.2 4th Round 100 4
54 Damarious Randall FS Arizona State University 7.6 3rd Round 37 2
55 Anthony Chickillo SDE University of Miami 7.5 3rd Round 126 4
56 Eddie Goldman NT Florida State University 7.5 3rd Round 27 1
57 Grady Jarrett NT University of Clemson 7.5 3rd Round 60 2
58 Clive Walford ITE University of Miami 7.5 3rd Round 81 3
59 Melvin Gordon RB University of Wisconsin 7.6 3rd Round 14 1
60 Donovan Smith RT Penn State University 7.4 3rd Round 64 2
61 Sammie Coates IWR University of Auburn 7.4 3rd Round 66 3
62 Tyler Lockett IWR Kansas State University 7.4 3rd Round 80 3
63 Hronnis Grasu C University of Oregon 7.3 4th Round 61 2
64 Preston Smith SDE Mississippi State University 7.4 3rd Round 42 2
65 Danny Shelton NT University of Washington 7.4 3rd Round 10 1
66 Duke Johnson RB University of Miami 7.5 3rd Round 56 2
67 Owamagbe Odighizuwa SDE University of California, Los Angeles 7.4 3rd Round 33 1
68 Bobby Richardson NT University of Indiana 7.3 4th Round 170 5
69 Ben Heeney MIK University of Kansas 7.2 4th Round 139 5
70 Daryl Williams RT University of Oklahoma 7.2 4th Round 90 3
71 Max Garcia C University of Florida 7.1 4th Round 227 7
72 Derron Smith FS Fresno State University 7.3 4th Round 110 4
73 Josue Matias OG Florida State University 7.1 4th Round 158 5
74 Andy Gallik C Boston College University 7.0 5th Round 155 5
75 Stephone Anthony SAM University of Clemson 7.3 4th Round 72 3
76 Trey Flowers SDE University of Arkansas 7.1 4th Round 94 3
77 Gabe Wright NT University of Auburn 7.1 4th Round 146 5
78 Quayshawne Buckley NT University of Idaho 7.1 4th Round 248 7
79 Laken Tomlinson OG Duke University 7.0 5th Round 48 2
80 Jamison Crowder IWR Duke University 7.0 5th Round 116 4
81 Adrian Amos FS Penn State University 7.1 4th Round 77 3
82 Ramik Wilson SAM University of Georgia 7.2 4th Round 151 5
83 Justin Coleman ICB University of Tennessee 7.0 5th Round 230 7
84 Rob Havenstein RT University of Wisconsin 6.9 5th Round 114 4
85 Stefon Diggs IWR University of Maryland 6.9 5th Round 122 4
86 Gerod Holliman FS University of Louisville 7.0 5th Round 184 5
87 Cody Prewitt FS University of Ole Miss 7.0 5th Round 130 4
88 Andre Davis OWR University of South Florida 6.8 5th Round 458 UDFA
89 Bryce Callahan ICB Rice University 6.9 5th Round 278 7
90 JaCorey Shepherd ICB University of Kansas 6.9 5th Round 153 5
91 Chaz Green OG University of Florida 6.8 5th Round 191 6
92 Kurtis Drummond FS Michigan State University 6.9 5th Round 148 5
93 Nick O’Leary HyTE Florida State University 6.9 5th Round 156 5
94 Ibraheim Campbell SS Northwestern University 6.8 5th Round 127 4
95 Titus Davis OWR University of Central Michigan 6.6 6th Round 163 5
96 Arie Kouandjio OG University of Alabama 6.6 6th Round 120 4
97 Tavaris Barnes PRE University of Clemson 6.3 7th Round 405 UDFA
98 Reshard Cliett WIL University of South Florida 6.4 6th Round 451 UDFA
99 Deshazor Everett OCB Texas A&M University 6.6 6th Round 452 UDFA
100 DeShawn Williams NT University of Clemson 6.6 6th Round 476 UDFA
101 Greg Mancz C University of Toledo 6.4 6th Round 273 UDFA
102 Corey Crawford SDE University of Clemson 6.5 6th Round 202 6
103 E.J. Bibbs HyTE Iowa State University 6.6 6th Round 335 7
104 Jeremiah Poutasi OG University of Utah 6.4 6th Round 138 5
105 Eric Patterson ICB Ball State University 6.4 6th Round 729 UDFA
106 Leon Orr NT University of Florida 6.4 6th Round 522 UDFA
107 Matt Jones RB University of Florida 6.5 6th Round 154 5
108 Cam Worthy OWR East Carolina University 6.3 7th Round 637 UDFA
109 Austin Reiter C University of South Florida 6.2 7th Round 987 UDFA
110 J.R. Tavai SAM University of Southern Cal 6.5 6th Round 222 7
111 Adam Shead OG University of Oklahoma 6.2 7th Round 329 UDFA
112 Tyler Moore OG University of Florida 6.1 7th Round 856 UDFA
113 Khari Lee HyTE Bowie State University 6.2 7th Round 572 UDFA
114 Jermauria Rasco SDE Lousiana State University 6.1 7th Round 374 UDFA
115 Darrell Williams RT University of South Florida 6.0 Un-Drafted 649 UDFA
116 Andrew Hudson SAM University of Washington 6.1 7th Round 478 UDFA
117 Tony Washington SAM University of Oregon 6.1 7th Round 229 UDFA
118 Edmond Robinson SAM Newberry University 6.0 Un-Drafted 247 UDFA
119 Neiron Ball SAM University of Florida 6.0 Un-Drafted 551 UDFA

 

The immediate reaction would and should be Todd Gurley. He has elite talent despite coming off a major injury. There is no chance the Buccaneers take him but the grade stands nonetheless. Leonard Williams is not in my top 10 players, not an indictment necessarily on him, but he is no Gerald McCoy.

So who is missing and why? Let’s take a look at that here:

1. Vic Beasley, SAM, Clemson

Beasley didn’t make the cut for a few reasons. First and foremost, he doesn’t have a direct fit to the Buccaneers defensive front and like Randy Gregory, would have to be a linebacker due to size/strength issues. Second, Beasley should be a top 15 pick in this draft for a 3-4 team thus Beasley was a wasted space here.

2. Shane Ray, PRE, Missouri

Ray missed the cut for a few reasons and they are not all medical and off-field related. Shane Ray came in with a 7.6 grade for me when projecting his fit as a pass rushing specialist at defensive end in the Buccaneers 4-3 defense. Ray doesn’t have the strength to play full time as a 4-3 end and won’t be effective enough against the run. Add in the potential foot issues that have come up and an arrest for marijuana and you find a player the Buccaneers will want nothing to do with. Same could potentially go for Gregory for that matter given the failed test.

3. Arik Armstead, SDE, Oregon

Armstead is a mix of a player lacking the direct fit in a 1-gap 4-3 defense and just underwhelming film as a whole. Armstead graded out in the 4th round range for me as a pure 4-3 end and his talents are much better served in a 3-4 where his grade would be significantly higher. As a player that I found little to no fit in this defense, there was no point in including him in my big board.

4. Eli Harold, PRE, Virginia

Harold is another that falls into the category of not being a fit for this defense. Harold lacks the size to play defensive end in a 4-3 and will assuredly find his place as an outside linebacker in a 3-4.

5. Ali Marpet, OG, Hobart

Marpet getting a snub is simple as I honestly didn’t have any tape to give a true assessment. Rather than fake through a player evaluation I felt it was doing an injustice to the time I spent on the other players to give any numerical value to Marpet.

6. Lorenzo Mauldin, PRE, Louisville

Mauldin is another that I didn’t end up getting to in the end. As I was compiling my breakdowns and notes on players I realized he was missed somehow and I just didn’t have the time to go back and do a full proper breakdown.

 

Final Draft Thoughts

Offensive Tackles – This class of tackles is heavy on athletes and potential and low on pure technique and complete players. No offensive tackle should go in the top 10 if this were a better tackle class. There is no Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson or Matt Khalil level prospect. This is another year of big potential players with high ceilings and low floors. While it wouldn’t shock me to see Peat, Humphries, Flowers and Clemmings go round 1, it also wouldn’t shock me if all bust or fail to live up to expectations. Arguably the best tackle is Cedric Ogbuehi and he’s battling back from injury. Temper expectations on early results for this years tackle class.

Offensive Guards – High end guards are lacking in this class outside of Brandon Scherff who would be making the move from tackle to guard in this case. There are several B-level guard prospects but mostly I graded players out as C and D-level NFL players. Good news for the Bucs? They got “F grade” play at RG last year, anything is almost an upgrade.

Pass Rush Help – The Buccaneers need more production at defensive end despite the signing of George Johnson and the emergence of Jacquies Smith. Nate Orchard at some point in the second could be a potential target as he has the quick twitch movements and explosion that Johnson and Smith don’t have.

Safety Net – The team has brought in several safety prospects and one attribute that has been common theme and echoed by the coaches is turnovers and the ability to create them. Ball-hawk skills are a must in this defense and whether it’s the safeties or the corners, turnovers are difference makers in games. Bobby McCain is a name to watch as he has plus Cover 2 skills in the slot and has a knack for creating turnovers. One year wonder Gerod Holliman showed his ball skills this past year leading the country in interceptions and while he will make you weep tears with his tackling, his instincts and ability to attack the football are undeniable.

Quarterback help on it’s way – Jameis Winston. Enjoy the draft.

 

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