By Bonnie Mott
With the 2018 NFL draft looming, mock drafts are out in full force with analysts across the league predicting who the Bucs will be picking in the first round. The Buccaneers have multiple needs at numerous positions so it’s hard to tell which move they’ll make at No. 7. However, since the defense struggled immensely and is one of Tampa Bay’s biggest concerns, there’s a good chance the Bucs could be picking a solid pass rusher or dominant defensive weapon in Round 1. Nevertheless, here’s a closer look at what some experts beleive might happen in the first-round.
Kiper: “The Bucs couldn’t run the ball in 2017, averaging only 3.7 yards per carry and 90.6 yards per game. Was it the running backs, the offensive line or both? Nelson is a plug-and-play starter who would be an upgrade for almost every team. He’s a dominant run-blocker at 6-foot-5, 330, who causes destruction at the point of attack. If Barkley falls a little bit, could the Bucs snag him at No. 7?”