With the seventh pick in the 2014 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select...
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
This selection and write-up was made by Henry Dawg:
The Bucs had a pretty good run in Free Agency and have very few holes on paper. There are still question marks at QB but Lovie Smith has already named McCown the starter, so it looks like they’ll use him as a bridge to someone else or see if Mike Glennon can improve on a decent but sometimes rocky rookie season.
I initially looked at Donald, Kony Ealy, Timmy Jernigan, Ra’shede Hageman and Louis Nix among others, but when they traded Mike Williams last week, Watkins and Evans had to be considered. Bucs fans will skewer me for passing on either of them since they don’t really have any receivers after Vincent Jackson, but this draft is just too rich on WRs to pass up a premium defensive lineman like Donald.
I feel reasonably confident that someone like Benjamin, Matthews, Adams, or Robinson will be there at 38 or later for them to plug in next to V-Jax, giving them the twin towers look McCown seemed to like in Chicago. Also, I just can’t convince myself that Evans or Watkins is that much better than the second and third tier of receivers. The NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis have Matthews and Robinson in their fourth tier of receivers!
Even if there’s a late first round run on receivers, there will still be plenty of good ones to choose from. It may not be their first choice, but they already have a consistent 1000 yard receiver and a solid TE so they’re somewhat in the same position as the Browns and if we don’t want to take receiver at 4, I don’t think the Bucs should take one at 7. Sorry for spending so much time talking about who I’m not drafting but I expect it will be an issue for some. After deciding to pass on the Watkins or Evans, the hardest decision was picking from a great line-up of D Linemen.
Donald is a bit undersized at 6'1" 285 but he is great at attacking the LOS and getting through gaps. He shows impressive closing speed as well as a fantastic 4.68/40 time at the combine. He has great strength (35 reps) and uses leverage and technique to defeat blockers. He projects as a 3 tech in Lovey Smiths defense where he’ll look great lined up with Gerald McCoy. Lovie’s defense loves DTs with pass rush ability, even at the expense of run defense so Donald will fit right in. Some people will accuse me of over-drafting him, but when Dan Kadar compares him to Geno Atkins, John Randle or Warren Sapp he’s worth the #7 pick.
At No. 7 overall, we finally have our first player who isn't a lock to be a top-10 player in DT Aaron Donald. For those who know what I did in the SB Nation writers mock draft, this will probably make me sound like a hypocrite, but if I'm the Buccaneers here, I would take a Blake Bortles or a Sammy Watkins. The Buccaneers are set up so that a guy like Bortles can learn for a year or two while McCown has the starting reigns. Alternatively, I liked the comparison of how well McCown did in Chicago last year with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey. Getting Watkins would immediately put him in a similar comfort zone offensively.
The Minnesota Vikings are up next, led by PaduaDSP.
2014 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|1||Houston Texans||Teddy Bridgewater||QB||Louisville||Weeden2Gordon|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||Matt Wood|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Khalil Mack||OLB||Buffalo||Bumblyjack|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||Ryan216|
|5||Oakland Raiders||Greg Robinson||OT||Auburn||TuckJob|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Jake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M||Haden Dawg|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Aaron Donald||DT||Pittsburgh||Henry Dawg|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Brownie's Year|
|12||New York Giants||MJRisme|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Matt Wood|
|14||Chicago Bears||The Beast Mode|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Siberian Husky|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Royce Groff|
|18||New York Jets||OldSaltyDawg|
|21||Green Bay Packers||Manly and Loving It|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Legoman0721|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Crawford_T|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Adam Rice|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Jon Stinchcomb|
|29||New England Patriots||roar888|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||corey.freuen|