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Thursday, March 6, 2014
McShay Mock 3.0: Bucs

By Rob Peterson

Todd McShay's third NFL mock draft for 2014 is out on ESPN Insider today. McShay projected Khalil Mack (whose stock continues to rise) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his second mock draft. He would be an excellent every-down addition to the Bucs' defense in a similar mold to how the Broncos use Von Miller and would address a major need. Edge pass-rush is probably the Buccaneers' biggest area of weakness right now.

Even if Tampa Bay upgrades at defensive end in free agency, Mack should still be strongly considered with the No. 7 pick. No one would argue Mack in this spot, but the Bucs could really use quite a few things, including a dynamic wide receiver like Watkins, one of the top three offensive tackles or even a quarterback if one falls.

Personally, I would stick with Mike Glennon, but the new Tampa Bay regime inherited Glennon and might disagree. Tampa Bay is sitting in a great spot to land a very strong prospect at a need area and also should be plenty busy in free agency.

Whom does McShay have the Buccaneers drafting at No. 7? Let's take a look Insider:
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

I think that this choice would come down to Mack versus Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews. While in some respects Mack wouldn't fill a huge need area, as the "Sam" linebacker in Lovie Smith's defense isn't as important as some other positions, what drives up his value is his versatility. He could cover tight ends when they needed him to and he could also be an impact pass-rusher (something the Bucs lacked last season) when they turned him loose off the edge. Mack is one of the four elite players in this class, and teams need guys like him who can create turnovers.