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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Sammy Watkins, Clemson Sammy Watkins, Clemson (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

What will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 7: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

We said: New Bucs head coach Lovie Smith isn’t quite the rigid Tampa-Two disciple some would have you believe — the Bears ran a lot of Cover-One and Cover-Three concepts in Smith’s last few years there. But there’s one thing Smith always wants in his defenses, and that’s linebackers who can cover a lot of ground and do multiple things. With Lavonte David already in the fold, and a lot of pieces in place on his defense, Smith would be wise to add Mack to the mix. Mack has proven that he can do everything from coverage to rushing the passer, and he’d be a huge factor in the double A-gap blitzes Smith will bring to Tampa.

Feb. 26, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 7: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

We said: With Lovie Smith in town, the Buccaneers are a good bet to bulk up on defense should the opportunities present themselves. Here, one does. The Tampa Two preferred by Smith needs speedy linebackers to work. With Mack on the strongside and Lavonte David on the weakside, few teams would have a better combination at the position.

Round 1, pick 38: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

We said: Kouandjio’s combine performance (and a report of failed medicals) certainly will not help his stock, and that may be just fine with the Buccaneers as they add some needed tackle depth in the second round. Kouandjio has the potential to dominate, at least at times.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 7: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

We said: The small-school label might make some teams wary, but Mack has three-down potential at outside linebacker, with the ability to bring pass rush off the edge, stand up against the run and drop seamlessly into coverage. He would be a cornerstone defensive cog for new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, who always builds his defenses around playmaking linebackers who can multi-task and make their presence felt in a variety of ways. UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr will be the other name in the debate for Tampa Bay, but Mack's instant-impact quotient should be higher for a talented Bucs defense that's ready to win now.

Feb. 6, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 7: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

We said: New Bucs head coach Lovie Smith has inherited an estimable linebacker corps, but as he built his Bears teams on the combination of linebacker acumen and pass-rush consistency, Mack would be a tremendous addition to a defense that is in for a major upgrade from a coaching perspective. He set FBS career records with 75 tackles for loss and 16 forced fumbles, and with his physical talents, Mack can do everything from drop into coverage to clog up the A-gaps in the dual-linebacker blitzes Smith loves to set up.

Jan. 9, 2014 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 7: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

We said: Expect there to be a lot of Mack-versus-Barr discussion in the four months between now and the draft. Mack is further developed as a pro-ready prospect; Barr may have the higher upside. A lot of the comments for Atlanta’s pick hold true here, too: Barr would provide a jolt to an undermanned pass rush, even if the Buccaneers had to be a little creative in utilizing him.

Lovie Smith will want defensive playmakers — and not only Tampa-2 guys. Barr would be a welcome addition.

Dec. 5, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 5: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

We said: Matthews slides up a spot in the Mariota-less draft, leaving the Buccaneers in need of a new selection here, too. So how about adding perhaps the best WR to complement Vincent Jackson and to give emerging quarterback Mike Glennon another weapon?

Sept. 24, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 3: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

We said: Had a tough time with this pick, mainly because it seems like the Buccaneers are far higher than most on Mike Glennon. Obviously, if they deem him their QB of the future, this pick heads elsewhere — likely on one of the top offensive tackles or wide receivers. Barring that, this team still needs a quarterback.

April 30, 2013 -- 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 14: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

We said: Sutton’s cut from the mold of Sharrif Floyd (a 2013 first-rounder for Minnesota) — undersized for DT (listed at 6-1, 288 and smaller than that), but a guy who continually makes plays.

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