Buccaneers.com 2021 Mock Draft 5.0 : Quarterbacks continue to rise to the top of the round but the Buccaneers go in a different direction after addressing the defensive front in each of our first four mock drafts
The NFL Scouting Combine usually shakes up all the mock drafts as some players run surprise 4.3 40s and some quarterbacks hands are found to be too small. But we had no Combine this year, and while there have been Pro Days to provide 40 times it really isn't the same thing as having 300 prospects together in one spot along with every coach and scout in the league. However, we have now hit free agency, and that's an even better (ongoing) event to help clarify the potential draft needs for every team. For instance, the Buccaneers have managed to re-sign Lavonte David and Shaquil Barrett, which would seem to make inside and outside linebacker less pressing needs in April. However, none of the team's three interior defensive linemen who hit free agency have yet signed (as of Tuesday morning), so…well, draw your own conclusions.