Kiper, McShay split on Bucs' pick

May, 8, 2014
May 8
1:15
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Although both Todd McShay and Mel Kiper had been connecting wide receiver Mike Evans to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in recent weeks, the two ESPN draft gurus went in other directions in their final mock drafts.

In his Insider mock , Kiper has the Bucs taking Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. In his Insider mock , McShay has the Bucs going with Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Neither move would shock me. Let’s start with Kiper going with Manziel. As I wrote yesterday, it would make a lot of sense for the Bucs to take Manziel. They could get a franchise quarterback who could make a lot of good things happen on the field and generate a buzz for a team that could use some excitement.

Now, let’s examine McShay’s pick of Donald at No. 7. It’s mildly surprising because defensive line isn’t viewed as a major need for the Bucs. But McShay’s logic is that Donald is too good to pass up. That’s a valid point. Put Donald with Gerald McCoy and the Bucs could have one of the best defensive tackle tandems in the league. And keep in mind, coach Lovie Smith has final say on personnel decisions and he’s a defensive-minded coach.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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