After acquiring Mike Evans with the 7th pick in R1, the Bucs have addressed one weakness – finding a starter opposite Vincent Jackson. While I found the pick underwhelming, there’s no mistaking that Evans is an upgrade over Mike Williams, gives Josh McCown two very large wideouts to work with, and is an eventual #1 replacement for
With two picks for Friday night’s action, the positions I would target are – QB, WR, OL, CB, and DL.
Here’s what I expect to happen with the first six picks of the evening:
Texans – Louis Nix (DT, Notre Dame)
I don’t think the Texans want to tempt fate by drafting David Carr’s little brother. I think this will be a DL pick. Ra’Shede Hageman is my fallback.
Redskins – Morgan Moses (T, Virginia)
I think this one is going to be a tackle, and I’m going with Moses. Cyrus Kouandjio is my fallback.
Browns – Xavier Su’a-Filo (G, UCLA)
The Browns want to upgrade at RG, and XSF might be the best player remaining on the board, regardless of position. Marqise Lee is my fallback as a nice addition to Gordon-Cameron-Hawkins.
Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr
(QB, ) Fresno State
Unless they simply enjoy confusing the media, all indications point to the Raiders taking Carr. I’ll be shocked if Carr isn’t a Raider. They may even move up to #33 to secure him.
Atlanta Falcons –
Demarcus Lawrence (DE, ) Boise
The Falcons need an impact rusher, and
Lawrence is widely considered the most
dynamic pass rusher remaining. A sneaky
good pick would be to take XSF as a follow up to Matthews last night. Jace Amaro could be Tony Gonzalez’s
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Joel Bitonio (OL, Nevada)
If XSF is off the board, I think Bitonio becomes the Bucs #1 target. He has the ability to play both tackle and guard but would likely settle into one of the guard spots in
Tampa. I like Bitonio, but he’s not my first
option. I would first encourage the Bucs
to deal down, and with a lot of talent remaining at receiver and along the
offensive and defensive lines, hopefully the Bucs are able to move down a bit and
add another pick or two.
My order of preference for pick #38 –
1) Derek Carr
2) Donte Moncrief
3) Joel Bitonio
4) Lamarcus Joyner
6) Timmy Jernigan
7) Allen Robinson
8) Kony Ealy