Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On the clock: Houston Texans, Pick: 7.41


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Assistant GM: @Daryl_Hare
Assistant GM: @LeoHowell8

PickOverallChoiceNotes
1.2727Brandin Cooks, WR
from Oregon State
We made a huge jump back from No. 7 to No. 30, picking up extra picks this year and and extra 1st in 2015. We had been keeping a close eye on the board with each pick, engaging in trade negotiations with multiple teams along the way. We had multiple targets come off the board over the last few picks, so we pulled the trigger to move up a few spots for Cooks. A No. 2 receiver is one of our biggest needs, as is the "speed in space" that new OC Jeff Tedford covets. Cooks brings blazing speed and explosiveness after the catch, and he plays much bigger than his short frame would suggest. He becomes the perfect compliment to Vincent Jackson.
2.0638Joel Bitonio, OT
from Nevada
We made a few attempts to move up and secure Bitonio but were unsuccessful, so we're thrilled to have him fall to us. His versatility will be huge addition to our rebuilt offensive line. We've addressed our top two needs with our first two picks and didn't have to compromise value to do it.
2.2456Donte Moncrief, WR
from Ole Miss
WR was our biggest need heading into the draft, and now we've added two playmakers to go with Vincent Jackson. Moncrief has the size to succeed on the outside (along with 4.4 speed), giving us the ability to put Cooks in the slot. Josh McCown will be a happy camper in 2014.
3.0569Billy Turner, OT
from North Dakota State
With this pick, we continue to turn positions of need into areas of strength. We went into this pick planning to go defense, but we feel that Turner just presents too much value to pass up. Now with Turner and Bitonio, we've added two outstanding, versatile linemen who will be guards first, but their experience at tackle gives us flexibility when injuries arise. With Carl Nicks' status still unsure, both could end up starting in Week 1, and will give us a much-improved unit up front.
5.30170Lamin Barrow, ILB
from LSU
After addressing our pressing needs on offense with our first four picks, it's time to focus on building young depth on defense with players that fit our new scheme. Barrow is still a bit raw, but he brings the athleticism necessary to succeed in the Tampa 2. He also has the versatility to play either the middle our outside, and the presence of veterans like Jonathan Casillas and Dane Fletcher will allow us to work him in slowly as he refines his skill set.
6.09185Jemea Thomas, FS
from Georgia Tech
With our final pick in this draft, we wanted to make sure we addressed our need for a nickel corner who fits what we want to do in our scheme. Thomas is undersized for a safety, but we feel he's a perfect fit as a slot corner for us. He's very comfortable in zone coverage and is extremely effective as a blitzer off the edge. We'll put his athleticism to good use in this defense, and he'll make an instant impact on special teams.

Trade Details
Pick
6.09NFL: from Bills for
1.27#MockOne: from Saints for pick(s): 1.30,5.03
2.24#MockOne: from 49ers for pick(s): 1.07,7.06
5.30#MockOne: from 49ers for pick(s): 1.07,7.06