With one day remaining in this year’s draft there are quite a few talented players still available. Here are the ones that stand out to me as desired options for the Bucs in today’s opening round –
1) Quinton Patton (WR,
I’ll admit my bias. Patton is my favorite receiver in this year’s draft class and my preferred option for the Bucs in round four. I’m shocked he’s still available after three rounds of drafting.
Patton may be the most well-rounded receiver in this draft class. He’s an excellent route runner who is very quick out of his breaks. This is evident in his ability to get open whether it’s on short or deep routes. His primary knock is that he doesn’t have blazing deep speed, but what does stand out on the deep stuff is how he does a really nice job of using body positioning and huge wingspan to beat defenders to the ball. Patton doesn’t have any issues with drops and was a team captain. He’s easily my #1 day three target.
2) Johnathan Franklin (RB, UCLA)
I didn’t mention
in any draft previews due to the fact that I thought he’d go a lot earlier than
the Bucs would be ready to draft a back.
Well he’s still there as we enter the fourth round, and with my
preferred back, Christine Michael, having been taken by Seattle, Franklin is an
attractive option should he make it to #112.
3) Cornelius Washington (DE, Georgia)
There are a couple of available pass rushers that interest me, and
heads the list. He was an
under-the-radar player on a Georgia
defense that featured several ’13 draft prospects. He’s doesn’t look like much of a run defender
at this point but shows plenty of potential as an edge rusher. Washington
shined at the Combine demonstrating impressive speed and athleticism. Was he an under-performer, did he get lost in
a sea of talent, or did the scheme not call for him to make a ton of
plays? Washington’s upside is worth the gamble this
late as the Bucs have yet to address the need at defensive end.
Alex Okafor (DE,
somewhat similar to Washington,
may be limited as a pro; lack of elite athleticism and slow read-react may be
reasons for his slide; not very high on him but did expect him to go earlier
Ryan Swope (WR,
Texas A&M) – tremendous concentration as a receiver; can
line up in multiple spots; love him in the slot; better long speed than given
Ty Powell (LB, Harding) – productive pass rusher with impressive change of direction in coverage; safety experience; looks like an ideal SLB in
Quanterus Smith (DE,
– more accomplished pass rusher than some who have been taken before him; small
school background certainly impacting his stock
Montori Hughes (DT, Tennessee-Martin) – athletic space occupier who excels against the run; notable off-field issues
Dion Sims (TE,
St) – see a lot of value in him, underrated; raw
as both receiver and blocker but has ideal pro body; not an elite athlete but could
be matchup nightmare for defenses