The 2019 NFL draft is finally upon us, so no better time to attempt houseofthebucs.com’s inaugural mock draft. This is going to be a real time mock done on the draft simulator found on thedraftnetwork.com using their predictive board. Since it’s a simulator there are obviously no trades. As well, it should be noted that this is what I would do, not what I expect Jason Licht to do. With that all said, here’s my draft.
5. Josh Allen, Edge, Edge, Kentucky. Got a bit lucky here, but I don’t think it’s totally out of the realm of possibility for Allen to fall to 5. The 3rd best player in this draft, just need a 2nd QB to go in the top 4 to make it the Bucs, and the latest rumors have the Raiders looking at Haskins, and the Jets looking to trade down as well. Allen would certainly be a great match of need and value, and would start right away at OLB opposite JPP and give the Bucs a versatile playmaker who should make an impact from Day 1 at a premium position.
39. Chris Lindstrom, RG, Boston College. As much as Allen would be a dream at 5, Lindstrom in the 2nd would also be a tremendous get for Tampa. Lindstrom is a gifted and experienced right guard who should be able to step in right away and significantly upgrade the weakest position in the Buccaneers starting lineup.
70. Rennel Wren, DL, Arizona State. Wren is a bit of a need pick here, but noone else was staring at me that I didn’t feel comfortable passing on. Wren was a top recruit who still is rather raw and needing of some coaching, but has the potential to be an excellent 3-4 DE with a rare combination of length, strength, and movement skills.
107. Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma. I didn’t plan on getting another OL in this draft after getting Lindstrom in the 2nd, and was looking for a DB here, but Bobby Evans provided too much value here to pass on and none of the DB’s on the board felt worth it. Evans projects as a quality starting RT at the next level with enough movement skills and technique to get the job done as a pass protector, and the raw power and nasty attitude to be a road grader in the run game. And given Demar Dotson’s age and constant injuries, he could be starting sooner than later.
145. David Long, LB, West Virginia. For all you Devin White fans, I present to you David Long. Long is incredibly similar to White but without the fanfare. An explosive athlete, Long is a violent player who seeks and destroys ballcarriers. Undersized at 5’11” 227lbs, Long still isn’t much smaller than the first round Devins at LB. Some are projecting Long as a WLB due to his size, but I think he’s best suited for inside duty in a 3-4 where he can do what he does best and that’s making plays downhill. Long should be great depth at the least, but there is definitely some starting upside here as well.
208. Kris Boyd, CB, Texas. After putting off DB for this long, I had to address the secondary, and luckily for me I saw Kris Boyd was still on the board. I’m not the biggest Boyd fan overall, but at this point in the draft he represents great value as a developmental CB project with size and athleticism. With Hargreaves and Davis projecting to start outside, Boyd has time to develop and has all of the prerequisite physical measurables to eventually start if he can be coached up by the Bucs new staff.
215. Jah’Shawn Johnson, S, Texas Tech. Having waited on defensive back, felt I might as well go back to back with these last two picks, and Johnson offers a different profile and complimentary skillset to Boyd. Johnson is an undersized safety who showed many great traits against the pass, including excellent ball skills and the deep speed to hang with Hollywood Brown among others. I’m not sure he sticks at safety with his frame, but he’s an interesting option for development in the Tyrann Mathieu type of role the Bucs appear to be seeking to address.
All in all, very happy with this draft. The first two picks alone would make it a home run for the Bucs, while Wren and Evans project as future starters at soon to be needs as both McCoy and Dotson might not have much longer with the franchise. To me, David Long in the 5th is a million times better value than taking Devin White at 5, and is potentially another future starter. And lastly, while I wish I had addressed defensive back earlier, I’d be very happy to end up with Boyd and Johnson with those last two 7th round picks.