What players might be available for the Buccaneers in rounds 2 and 3?
After the Buccaneers selected EDGE Joe Tryon with the 32nd overall pick Thursday, they’ll look ahead to Day 2 of the NFL Draft with picks 64 and 95. How teams drafted on Day 1 will drastically affect expectations tonight, so let’s run through some possibilities via a quick mock draft covering rounds 2 and 3.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Pat Freiermuth, TE Penn State
34. New York Jets: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
The Falcons need to almost totally rebuild their secondary, and it starts with a versatile prospect in Moehrig. He’s not an elite athlete, but he has experience doing a little bit of everything so Atlanta should be able to get him on the field right away.
36. Miami Dolphins: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
37. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
39. Carolina Panthers: Walker Little, OT Stanford
A colossal left tackle prospect who has dealt with injury, Little should immediately push former second rounder Greg Little (no relation) for the starting left tackle position. Protecting Sam Darnold will be paramount if they hope to revive the former No. 3 overall pick’s career.
42. New York Giants: Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
43. San Francisco 49ers: Jevon Holland, S/CB, Oregon
44. Dallas Cowboys: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
45. Jacksonville Jaguars: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
46. New England Patriots: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, Louisiana State
47. Los Angeles Chargers: Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
48. Las Vegas Raiders: Jay Tufele, DT, Southern California
50. Miami Dolphins: Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma
51. Washington Football Team: Richie Grant, S, Central Florida
52. Chicago Bears: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
If the Bears pull off an opening 1-2 punch of Justin Fields and Rondale Moore, we as whole need to start writing apology letters to GM Ryan Pace immediately. Moore is a dynamic playmaker who gives Fields an underneath threat who can also return kicks — a important role given the departure of All-Pro Cordarrelle Patterson.
54. Indianapolis Colts: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Dickerson, OC, Alabama
56. Seattle Seahawks: Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington
58. Kansas City Chiefs: Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
59. Cleveland Browns: Jabril Cox, LB, Louisiana State
60. New Orleans Saints: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
The Saints manage to snap a cornerback who the Bucs might have serious interest in at the end of the second. New Orleans’s starter spot opposite Marshon Lattimore is wide open, and they have to address it.
61. Buffalo Bills: Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida
62. Green Bay Packers: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quinn Meinerz, OC, Wisconsin-Whitewater
I’ll stick with my initial feeling from the final seven-round projection. Meinerz would be a great scheme fit who will benefit from a year to learn from Ryan Jensen and the coaching staff.
65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
66. Minnesota Vikings: Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
67. Houston Texans: Josh Myers, OC, Ohio State
The Texans are awful almost everywhere, so might as well start with the trenches. Myers should start at guard or center right away.
68. Atlanta Falcons: Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
The Falcons need to get some pass rushers in the building, and Weaver offers an interesting hybrid profile that might appeal to new defensive coordinator Dean Pees.
69. Cincinnati Bengals: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
70. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Mayfield, OL, Michigan
71. Denver Broncos: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
One of my favorite running backs in the class, Carter has exceptional vision, balance and toughness despite a smaller frame. He’s a shifty runner who can make an impact in the passing game, and he can mirror the role that Austin Ekeler played for Melvin Gordon in Los Angeles.
72. Detroit Lions: Alim McNeill, DT, North Carolina State
73. Carolina Panthers: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
The Panthers seem all in on a physical, hybrid defense that can attack you in different ways, and Nasirildeen can fill another role as dimebacker/box enforcer who can also combat tight ends.
74. Washington Football Team: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
75Pitt. Dallas Cowboys: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
76. New York Giants: Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan
77. Los Angeles Chargers: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
78. Minnesota Vikings: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
79. Las Vegas Raiders: Elijah Molden, S/CB, Washington
80. Las Vegas Raiders: Benjamin St. Juste, CB, Minnesota
81. Miami Dolphins: Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
82. Washington Football Team: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
Mills has such little tape and is such a huge projection, I can’t see him going higher than the third round. He’s got tools but he needs a lot of time to sit and learn the finer points of the game, from reading coverages to cleaning up his mechanics. Washington provides the opportunity to do that.
83. Chicago Bears: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
84. Dallas Cowboys: Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech
85. Tennessee Titans: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
86. Minnesota Vikings: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
Mond is very up and down, but the physical traits and flashes of greatness are there. He reminds me of Dak Prescott in that sense. Whether the Steelers choose to acknowledge the need for a higher upside passer or not remains to be seen, but this would be as good a shot as any.
88. Los Angeles Rams: Trey Smith, OG, Tennesseee
89. Cleveland Browns: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Southern California
90. Minnesota Vikings: Jackson Carman, OL, Clemson
91. Cleveland Browns: Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, Southern California
92. Green Bay Packers: Talanoa Hufanga, S, Southern California
A mini-run on USC prospects here concludes with Hufanga, who could fit the hybrid safety/linebacker role that the Packers have implemented more in recent years. New defensive coordinator Joe Barry comes from a Rams defense that implemented loads of three safety looks.
93. Buffalo Bills: Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
94. Baltimore Ravens: Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida
95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
There’s been a lot of smoke regarding Tampa’s interest in a Day 2 QB, particularly Trask. I’m not sure it’s what I would do, but Trask meets the threshold for arm strength, accuracy, measurables, and pocket movement to appeal to Bruce Arians.
Trask isn’t afraid to push it down the field, but he’s got to majorly clean up his mechanics and improve his reads if he wants to be anything more than a spot starter/backup. Sitting behind Tom Brady is a privilege, but Trask might have a limited ceiling regardless.
96. New England Patriots: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
97. Los Angeles Chargers: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
98. New Orleans Saints: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
The Saints lack a viable starter beyond Demario Davis, so expect to see some level of investment in the position on Day 2. Surratt, who is a converted quarterback, has the physical skills and mentality to be a productive 3-down linebacker with time.
99. Dallas Cowboys: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
100. Tennessee Titans: Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB
101. Detroit Lions: Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
102. San Francisco 49ers: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
103. Los Angeles Rams: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
104. Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Shelvin, DT, Louisiana State
105. New Orleans Saints: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
This is a classic, infuriatingly good Saints pick. Wallace doesn’t have dominant size but he has an alpha mentality that benefits him in contested catch situations throughout all three levels of the field. He’ll provide diversity to a receiving corps that desperately needs someone outside of Mike Thomas.