Improving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a complete 2020 NFL mock draft.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been a fun and exciting team to watch this season. Their offensive attack is inconsistent, but the duo of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the outside has proven to be dominant this season. Quarterback Jameis Winston has looked strong at times but has continued to be far too unreliable more often than not.
Winston will be a free agent this offseason, allowing the Bucs to move on from him if they wish. That will be the most interesting part of the Buccaneers offseason, but this is a team that needs work in a lot of areas. There is some significant talent on this roster and Bruce Arians has done a nice job of getting the most out of his players. That being said, they are still a team stuck in mediocrity.
How can the Tampa Bay Buccaneers improve this offseason? Well, a strong performance in the 2020 NFL Draft would be a great start. Let’s see how the Bucs can improve through the draft with a complete seven-round mock draft for the team.
Note: This mock draft was completed using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator.
The offensive line, offensive tackle in particular, stands out as a major need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going forward. Their current offensive tackle combination of Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson simply is not getting the job done and Dotson will hit the open market as a free agent this offseason.
In this mock draft, the Bucs take this opportunity to replace Dotson at right tackle, bringing in Jedrick Wills out of Alabama. This pick may seem like a reach to some, but Wills is an extremely talented offensive tackle prospect who has a bright future at the next level.
The more I watch Wills, the more I like him as a player. As the 2020 NFL Draft process continues to unfold, I would not be surprised to see Wills rise into the top-five conversation. He is that good. In this mock draft, Tampa Bay snags him at No. 8 overall.
Wills is not the most athletically gifted offensive lineman in this draft class, but he is quick off of the snap and shows good overall footwork in pass protection. Wills does a nice job of mirroring opposing pass rushers and can handle speed around the edge most of the time.
That being said, the part of Wills’ game that makes him stand out is his power. He is a dominant blocker at the point of attack who shows fantastic natural play strength at all times. He mauls opposing defenders in the run game, consistently opening up holes for his backs. Wills also shows elite hand strength and always finishes blocks with impressive power. Simply put, once Wills is engaged with a defender, it is typically game over.
Wills is an extremely tough, competitive and talented player who would immediately improve the stock of offensive line talent for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He may not be considered a top-tier offensive line prospect right now, but give it some time, Wills is going to rise up the rankings as the season moves along.