Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2013 Four-Round NFL Mock Draft


October 17, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets player Darrelle Revis (24) covers Miami Dolphins player Brandon Marshall (19) in the 2nd half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

1. First Round, 13th overall: TRADED to the New York Jets for CB Darrelle Revis

The Buccaneers could easily go with the best DT on the board here, maybe hope a guy like Tavon Austin drops, or even reach for someone like Desmond Trufant or Jamar Taylor. However, I think when all is said and done, they will be able to get a deal done to acquire Darrelle Revis, significantly impacting their outlook for 2013 and beyond. The Bucs have ample cap room, and should be able to accommodate Revis’ demands to be one of the highest paid players in league history. they also have arguably the worst CB situation in the NFL as I type this. Adding Revis may not only be a good fit, it could be a necessity. Giving up a first round pick is a small price to pay for arguably the best cover corner in the NFL today.

2. Second Round, 43rd overall: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

The Buccaneers are currently rolling with Luke Stocker as their #1 TE, and after Dallas Clark provided them a nice stop-gap last year, it’s time to add someone who can be a permanent fixture at the TE position for Josh Freeman, or whoever is slinging passes in Tampa. Ertz is a big body who falls to this point in the 2nd round because of the value placed on TEs, which for some reason isn’t overly high. He is a good all-around player at the position who can be a nightmare mismatch in the red zone.

3. Third Round, 73rd overall: David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado

The Bucs could use an upgrade at right tackle, and Bakhtiari has some nice upside in the middle of the third round. He is a versatile lineman that can step in and possibly start at right tackle as a rookie. Very physical offensive lineman that can give them depth inside and outside. Not a flashy pick, but one that makes a lot of sense for the Bucs.

4. Fourth Round, 112th overall: Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois

The Buccaneers could use some depth on the defensive interior. Roy Miller left for Jacksonville, so to be honest, this position could be addressed much sooner. This is a very solid class of defensive tackles and Spence is a guy who has some untapped potential in my opinion. He could be a really nice find in the fourth round.

5. Fourth Round, 126th overall: Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina

Adding Reddick would allow the Bucs to move Mason Foster back outside, and add a physical presence on the interior who can make plays behind the line of scrimmage. His effort has been a topic of discussion leading up to the draft, and that is why he drops to the second round. He was a 1st-team All-ACC performer last year with 85 tackles and 18.5 tackles for loss.