Draft advice for the Bucs

This has been the most unpredictable NFL Draft that I can remember. Only in the past week have the top five picks come into some kind of focus, with Jadeveon Clowney the first pick to Houston ... until the Texans trade down, of course.

What are the Bucs going to do with No. 7 overall? If they listen to reason, they will do this:

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M.

Yes, it's the most popular pick right now, but it's also the most logical. And wide receiver is a position of need for the Bucs, although drafting for need is something no NFL team should do in the first round. Sammy Watkins is the best receiver, the Bucs would love to have him, but he'll be gone somewhere in the top five. Mike Evans is close behind, he's a top 10 pick on most NFL draft boards, and the Bucs should snap him up as long as he's still there.

The Bucs also have a need for edge rushers, but this is not a strong draft for edge rushers. Khalil Mack is very good, and he was predicted to be the Bucs' two months ago. Plus, head coach Lovie Smith is a defensive guy and would love to add to his new defense. But Mack's stock is rising, and now he's a top five pick.

A left tackle is a possibility, someone who could be moved to guard for now, and back to tackle later.

But Evans is still the man at No. 7.

Unless this happens:

Johnny Manziel falls to them at No. 7. Then the Bucs should take Johnny Football. Yes, there's a dozen reasons why they shouldn't take him this high, but this kid has a good chance to be an exciting franchise quarterback. He's a winner, he's a thriller on the field (unfortunately off the field, too), and he can sell tickets.

There's my advice: Jason Licht. Manziel if he's there at No. 7 ... Evans, if he's not.


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