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Our review of Todd McShay’s Bucs mock draft 4.0

The Bucs have very few holes on either side of the ball as they returned all of their starters from their championship run. Their attention should really be set on adding depth to key areas such as the offensive and defensive lines, in the secondary, and with their receivers. 

Todd McShay’s Bucs mock draft 4.0 has the Bucs landing outside linebacker Zaven Collins with the 32ndpick. 

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This would be an excellent value pick, but it seems highly unlikely that Collins will still be on the board at the very end of the 1st round. He’s a player getting a ton of attention right now as someone who supposedly is jumping up draft boards. We project him landing with the Arizona Cardinals.

Collins is an outside or middle linebacker who is great in coverage and showed glimpses in rare opportunities in college as a pass rusher. At 6-4 and 260 pounds, he has the size to be a middle linebacker but also has the speed to play on the outside.

Adding Collins to a linebacking corps that is already the best in the league with Devin White and Lavonte David would be incredible. He could be used more on the edge situationally like Jason Pierre Paul and Shaq Barrett. 

With the 64th pick in McShay’s Bucs mock draft 4.0 he projects them drafting offensive tackle James Hudson. 

Again, this is a pick that bolsters their already talented line and is more about depth then needing a starter desperately. Hudson is still developing as a offensive lineman, who converted from the defensive line. The Bucs can have him learn behind Tristan Wirfs and Donovan Smith without needing to rely on him starting right away. Adding extra offensive line help for your 44-year old quarterback is never a bad idea. The Bucs by-in-large missed the injury bug last year, especially when it mattered most down the stretch. They can’t rely on that happening in back to back years and Hudson is a depth piece who can fill in at multiple positions along the line. 

With the first two picks in McShay’s Bucs mock draft 4.0, he has the defending champs adding a linebacker to the mix along with an additional offensive lineman. They have the flexibility to take the best available talent still on the board at 32 and 64. Some other directions that could go in are secondary and receiver, especially If they don’t bring back Antonio Brown. This is a deep draft at both of those positions, so they could address those in the later rounds. 

Unlike other teams in their position, I do not envision them spending anytime on their future QB options once Tom brady retires. Despite the few bizarre mock drafts out there, the Bucs will not draft a QB with the 32ndoverall pick. In fact, I would be shocked if they drafted one at all in this draft. Their focus should be on maximizing the time they have with Brady, which they did last season and with free agency this offseason. Winning back to back Super Bowls will definitely require serious depth on both sides of the ball and this draft can help the Bucs achieve that. 

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