With the seventh pick of the 2018 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select...
Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
The selection and write-up were made by Ezweav:
When glancing at Tampa Bay’s roster/depth chart, you quickly discover that there are not a great deal of “holes.” They have completely rebuilt the offensive line into a team-strength, so even were Quentin Nelson available here he wouldn’t be necessary. RB isn’t terribly strong with the departure of Doug Martin, but with Saquon Barkley off the board, a plethora of quality 2nd-tier options, and not-nothing at the position currently with Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber, the Bucs don’t need to reach for one here. At WR & TE they are stacked.
On defense, the addition of Jason Pierre Paul & Vinny Curry this offseason (and with Noah Spence already on the roster) pretty well mitigates the need to go EDGE here, though some interior help for Gerald McCoy could turn the line from good to great. Thus, gave strong consideration to Vita Vea or Maurice Hurst here, but alas decided to go with who I would consider to be the best prospect left who will also fill a significant role for Tampa Bay.
Minkah Fitzpatrick is kind of an odd prospect, as the tape shows him to be tremendous both in coverage and playing the run. However, he’s knocked because he spent the majority of his college career playing Nickel-Corner for the Crimson Tide, and the slot is not exactly where you take a guy with a top 10 pick. Yes, he did play some on the outside and in the back-end, but not enough to say definitively that he will be able to excel there at the next level, and at very least some time may be needed for him to get there.
The Bucs therefore become a good fit, as they have solid starting CBs in Vernon Hargraeves and (the ageless) Brent Grimes. Their presence would allow Fitzpatrick to ease into his NFL career, and be able to contribute immediately in the slot, giving Tampa Bay a formidable secondary combo. Yes, the safety situation is less than ideal there, which may allow for him to flex into the deep backfield should the situation call for it. He’s a talented, versatile player, and the Bucs could absolutely use one of those on their defense.
Pokorny: “The Buccaneers would further bolster their starting group of cornerbacks, perhaps allowing them to carve out a niche in the NFC, albeit with a questionable safety position.”
The Chicago Bears are up next, led by Ostate84.
2018 DBN Community Mock Draft Results
|1||Cleveland Browns||Grimflick||QB Lamar Jackson|
|2||New York Giants||Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq.||QB Baker Mayfield|
|3||New York Jets||jclark22||DE Bradley Chubb|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Keyser Sozze||CB Denzel Ward|
|5||Denver Broncos||poultman||RB Saquon Barkley|
|6||Indianapolis Colts||Browns95||OG Quenton Nelson|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Ezweav||DB Minkah Fitzpatrick|
|8||Chicago Bears||Ostate84||LB Tremaine Edmunds|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||Mudville||DE Marcus Davenport|
|10||Oakland Raiders||makeaplay59||LB Roquan Smith|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Swagnasty||QB Josh Rosen|
|12||Buffalo Bills||GratefulDawg||QB Sam Darnold|
|13||Washington Redskins||Maul Poleski||S Derwin James|
|14||Green Bay Packers||Darth_Batman||DE/OLB Harold Landry|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||Brocolis154033||QB Josh Allen|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Fluke_on_target||WR Calvin Ridley|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers||Crawford_T||DT Vita Vea|
|18||Seattle Seahawks||OhioCityBrownsBeliever||CB Mike Hughes|
|19||Dallas Cowboys||Topanga Jeff||OG Will Hernandez|
|20||Detroit Lions||clefan4lif||DT Taven Bryan|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Robo Dawg||OG Isaiah Wynn|
|22||Buffalo Bills||a2342432a||WR Christian Kirk|
|23||New England Patriots||unoservix||OT Kolton Miller|
|24||Carolina Panthers||mrwhitman||WR D.J. Moore|
|25||Tennessee Titans||troy145||DE/OLB Arden Key|
|26||Atlanta Falcons||BrianB77||DT Da'Ron Payne|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Legoman0721||LB Lorenzo Carter|
|28||Pittsburgh Steelers||xfl2001fan||LB Leighton Vander Esch|
|29||Jacksonville Jaguars||kizer america||LB Rashaan Evans|
|30||Minnesota Vikings||pt_999||OT Mike McGlinchey|
|31||New England Patriots||Matt Wood||TE Mike Gesicki|
|32||Philadelphia Eagles||Adam Rice||OT Connor Williams|
|33||Cleveland Browns||fjblessi||DT Maurice Hurst|
|34||New York Giants||anthszabo||RB Derrius Guice|
|35||Cleveland Browns||tmartin5785||DE Sam Hubbard|