As stated before, mock drafts are useless and are a big waste of time each and every offseason. At the same time they are good fillers and when someone gets a player right to the corresponding team on their mock they will gloat for all eternity.
But some are worthy of discussing whether realistic or just straight up absurd and you have both scenarios jam-packed into this week.
First off, Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey is arguably the best player in this year’s draft. He shouldn’t go beyond the first overall selection held by the Tennessee Titans and general manager Jon Robinson. But NFL Media’s Ike Taylor’s first mock draft has some craziness throughout the first eight picks that has Ramsey sliding to No. 9 with the Buccaneers selecting him. Here’s his reasoning on the Bucs not passing up the opportunity of drafting the FSU standout:
“The Bucs are looking for a young corner to play Robin right now and then Batman for years to come. Ramsey is that guy. He fits well with Brent Grimes.”
While that sounds great and all — especially with his comic book reference — he has forgotten about Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks. There are no certainties surrounding either Verner or Banks under a new scheme and coaching staff but if all we are looking at is Grimes as the lone cornerback then Tampa Bay would have done something with those two earlier in the offseason as far as not having them on the roster. Plus, the expectations for both Verner and Banks are high for 2016.
If (and this is a ridiculously big “if”) it were to happen then Ramsey would most likely be put in as safety, which is the general thought on what he’d be at the next level. But don’t hold your breath because the Bucs won’t come close to sniffing Ramsey unless they trade up.
The complete opposite of that mock is a more realistic one that comes courtesy of CBS Sports’ Will Brinson. With the ninth pick, Tampa Bay can find themselves with several names to choose from that could all be labeled as the best player available. Which is why trading down seems to be a logical choice come draft night and a scenario Brinson suggests.
In his mock, Brinson has the Buccaneers trading down to pick 15 with the Los Angeles Rams as the Rams seek to draft a quarterback — in this scenario it is Jared Goff of Cal. At No. 15, the Bucs would then select Georgia’s pass rusher Leonard Floyd. Brinson says it would make sense because the Bucs would get a the edge rusher they most desperately need while getting extra picks ,which is a philosophy the Bucs laud.
This is undoubtedly the silly season. There have been so many ideas and suggestions thrown out there that can be borderline nauseating. The draft can not be over and done with any quicker.