Do the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers have draft needs, or draft desires?
It’s looking a lot like the latter as Bruce Arians brings back all 22 Super Bowl starters from last season, including such players as quarterback Tom Brady (obviously), defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, linebacker Lavonte David, receiver Chris Godwin and more.
That said, there are plenty of veteran talents on Tampa Bay’s roster, and positional groups that could benefit from increased depth. After all, time and injuries eventually catch up to everybody, even Brady. Right?
With that, here’s everything you need to know about Tampa Bay’s 2021 NFL Draft picks:
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Buccaneers draft picks 2021: When does Tampa Bay pick?
- Round 1, Pick No. 32
- Round 2, Pick No. 64
- Round 3, Pick No. 95
- Round 4, Pick No. 137
- Round 5, Pick No. 176
- Round 6, Pick No. 217
- Round 7, Pick No. 251
- Round 7, Pick No. 259
Buccaneers 2021 draft order
|6||33 (217)||Compensatory selection|
|7||24 (251)||From Steelers|
Buccaneers NFL Draft needs
- Defensive line: There is plenty of veteran talent along the defensive line in Suh and William Gholston, 34 and 29, respectively. Look for the Bucs to select some young talent to step in and eventually take over. Potential selections include Alabama’s Christian Barmore, Iowa’s Daviyon Nixon, and Washington’s Levi Orwuzurike.
- Running back: Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones II are the leaders of this position group, but neither provided much in the way of pass-catching in 2020. Alabama’s Najee Harris might be an improvement in that area, or Clemson’s Travis Etienne if the Bucs are looking for a more pronounced burst of speed.
Buccaneers mock draft 2021
Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Buccaneers, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:
|1||32 (32)||Levi Onwuzurike||DT||Washington|
|2||32 (64)||Chris Rumph II||EDGE||Duke|
|3||32 (95)||Chatarius Atwell||WR||Louisville|
|4||32 (137)||Milton Williams||DT||Louisiana Tech|
|5||32 (176)||Tre Norwood||CB||Oklahoma|
|6||33 (217)||Davis Mills||QB||Stanford|
|7||24 (251)||Michal Menet||OL||Penn State|
|7||32 (259)||Tuf Borland||LB||Ohio State|