By Luke Easterling
It’s never too early to take a peek at the next NFL draft, and that’s exactly what happens over at Draft Wire with this latest projection for 2019.
A rare two-round prediction for next April’s event, this mock has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressing needs on the outside of both the offensive and defensive lines.
Using the latest Super Bowl odds for the draft order, this projection has the Bucs picking in the No. 8 spot, where they use their first-round selection on Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams.
A versatile blocker with experience at both tackle spots, Williams has gone up against some of the best pass rushers in the nation, giving him the kind of battle-tested skill set that will help him make an immediate impact at the next level. With Demar Dotson dealing with injuries in the twilight of his career, Williams would be an immediate upgrade for both the present and future, and he could even end up pushing Donovan Smith to the right side.
In the second round, this mock has the Bucs continuing their much-needed rebuild of the defensive front, grabbing Miami’s Joe Jackson at No. 40...