A Double Mack MockFebruary 23rd, 2014
Bucs icon Warren Sapp and Brian Baldinger talked through a reasoned, joint mock draft last night on NFL Network, and the veterans of the trenches were in agreement with their top-7 draft picks, including the Bucs’.
Here is their prognostication order:
1) Jadaveon Clowney – Houston
2) Jake Matthews – St. Louis
3) Johnny Football – Jacksonville
4) Teddy Bridgewater – Cleveland
5) Blake Bortles – Oakland
6) Greg Robinson – Atlanta
7) Khalil Mack – Tampa Bay
So are we to believe the Buccaneers would pass on stud wide receiver Sammy Watkins?
Jiminy Christmas! This Watkins fellow is considered to be a standout, instant star in a draft class especially deep with quality wide receivers. The electric Watkins arriving in Tampa would almost instantly make Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams better. Hell, the entire offense would be impacted. Snagging Watkins at No. 7 would almost be like the Bucs grabbing Julio Jones like the Falcons did years ago, without mortgaging a ton of draft picks to trade up.
Yes, Joe gets that Mack is an amazing talent who already is lighting up the imagination of Bucs general manager Jason Licht, and surely Lovie Smith’s.
Joe would be excited by the arrival of Mack, but Joe also would be queasy if Watkins is passed over.
As for this early mock draft, Joe has a hard time buying it. Houston needs a quarterback. (Anyone think Bill O’Brien doesn’t want one?), St. Louis already has an elite pass rush, and Oakland is not going to draft Bortles. It’s just not an Oakland thing to do.