Kiper mock 1.0 reaction: Buccaneers

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
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Mel Kiper Jr. revealed his first mock draft, Insider and his pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers isn't a real shock.

Kiper has the Bucs taking Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack with the No. 7 overall pick. A traditional outside linebacker isn't Tampa Bay's biggest need, but there's plenty of logic there because the Bucs desperately need an edge rusher and Mack has freakish athletic skills. He may be too small to move to defensive end permanently, but he has great pass-rush skills and that's reason enough why I could see the Bucs taking him.

I also could see them taking UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, who Kiper has going one pick sooner to Atlanta.

But that doesn't mean the Bucs are locked in on a pass-rusher. The new regime has to decide whether Mike Glennon can be the starting quarterback. If the answer is no, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater would be available in Kiper's scenario.

The Bucs could decide to stick with Glennon and that could lead them to use this pick on an offensive lineman. Auburn tackle Greg Robinson and Michigan tackle Taylor Lewan are available in Kiper's mock.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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