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PFF strikes out in latest 7-round mock draft for Bucs

We’re coming to the end of the 2024 NFL mock draft season, but the folks over at Pro Football Focus have given us one more seven-round projection to digest and dissect before the real thing goes down this week in Detroit.

This projection is a massive whiff for the Bucs across just about every pick, failing to hit on some of their biggest needs, and struggling to maximize value across the board.

In the first round, this mock has the Bucs spending the No. 26 overall pick on Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry, passing on Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson and Penn State edge defender Chop Robinson.

On Day 2, the Bucs spend their second-rounder on Texas tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, addressing a position they don’t need to upgrade at the expense of multiple glaring needs elsewhere. Michigan linebacker Junior Colson went with the very next pick, and would have been a perfect fit. Kansas State guard Cooper Beebe, UConn guard Christian Haynes, and Rutgers cornerback Max Melton were also on the board, and would have been much better selections.

In the third round, Tampa Bay finally addresses their need for an edge rusher, but reaches for Clemson’s Xavier Thomas. Two offensive lineman were picked right afterward (Kansas’ Dominick Puni, Georgia’s Sedrick Van Pran-Granger), either of which would have been a better value and filled a huge need. They make another luxury pick with their additional third-rounder, taking Michigan running back Blake Corum, spending another premium selection on a backup role player instead of a potential starter.

LSU defensive lineman Mekhi Wingo was a solid value in the fourth round, as was Washington State edge defender Brennan Jackson at the end of the sixth round. South Dakota cornerback Myles Harden is an intriguing seventh-rounder.

The Bucs need multiple upgrades in the starting lineup along the offensive line (center, left guard), so to see them go all seven rounds without picking a single offensive lineman was mind-boggling. Spending two of their four top-100 picks on a tight end and a running back while ignoring more important positions with bigger needs was equally disappointing.

To check out the full seven-round mock draft for all 32 teams at PFF, click here.

1. Chicago Bears (from CAR): QB Caleb Williams, USC

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2. Washington Commanders: QB J.J. McCarthy, Michigan

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3. New England Patriots: QB Jayden Daniels, LSU

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*4. Minnesota Vikings (from ARI): QB Drake Maye, North Carolina

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5. Los Angeles Chargers: WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State

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6. New York Giants: WR Malik Nabers, LSU

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7. Tennessee Titans: OT Joe Alt, Notre Dame

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*8. Jacksonville Jaguars (from ATL): WR Rome Odunze, Washington

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9. Chicago Bears: DL Byron Murphy II, Texas

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10. New York Jets: TE Brock Bowers, Georgia

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*11. Arizona Cardinals (from MIN): EDGE Dallas Turner, Alabama

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*12. Philadelphia Eagles (from DEN): CB Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo

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13. Las Vegas Raiders: OT Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State

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14. New Orleans Saints: OT Olu Fashanu, Penn State

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15. Indianapolis Colts: EDGE Jared Verse, Florida State

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16. Seattle Seahawks: OL Troy Fautanu, Washington

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*17. Atlanta Falcons (from JAX): EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA

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18. Cincinnati Bengals: OT JC Latham, Alabama

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19. Los Angeles Rams: CB Terrion Arnold, Alabama

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20. Pittsburgh Steelers: OL Graham Barton, Duke

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21. Miami Dolphins: DL Johnny Newton, Illinois

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*22. Denver Broncos (from PHI): QB Bo Nix, Oregon

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*23. Arizona Cardinals (from MIN): WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

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24. Dallas Cowboys: OT Amarius Mims, Georgia

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25. Green Bay Packers: DB Cooper DeJean, Iowa

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*26. Kansas City Chiefs (from TB): WR Adonai Mitchell, Texas

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27. Arizona Cardinals (from HOU): CB Nate Wiggins, Clemson

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28. Buffalo Bills: WR Xavier Worthy, Texas

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29. Detroit Lions: EDGE Darius Robinson, Missouri

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*30. Las Vegas Raiders (from BAL): QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington

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31. San Francisco 49ers: OT Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma

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*32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from KC): OL Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon

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33. Carolina Panthers: EDGE Chop Robinson, Penn State

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34. New England Patriots: OT Jordan Morgan, Arizona

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35. Arizona Cardinals: OL Zach Frazier, West Virginia

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36. Washington Commanders: EDGE Marshawn Kneeland, Western Michigan

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37. Los Angeles Chargers: CB Mike Sainristil, Michigan

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38. Tennessee Titans: OL Cooper Beebe, Kansas State

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39. Carolina Panthers (from NYG): WR Troy Franklin, Oregon

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40. Washington Commanders (from CHI): OT Patrick Paul, Houston

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41. Green Bay Packers (from NYJ): LB Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M

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42. Houston Texans (from MIN): CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

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43. Atlanta Falcons: S Jaden Hicks, Washington State

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*44. Baltimore Ravens (from LV): CB Kamari Lassiter, Georgia

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45. New Orleans Saints (from DEN): EDGE Bralen Trice, Washington

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46. Indianapolis Colts: CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr., Missouri

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47. New York Giants (from SEA): OT Kingsley Suamataia, BYU

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*48. Atlanta Falcons (from JAX): WR Ladd McConkey, Georgia

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49. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Keon Coleman, Florida State

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50. Philadelphia Eagles (from NO): EDGE Chris Braswell, Alabama

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51. Pittsburgh Steelers: WR Xavier Legette, South Carolina

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52. Los Angeles Rams: DL Michael Hall Jr., Ohio State

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*53. Denver Broncos (from PHI): CB T.J. Tampa, Iowa State

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54. Cleveland Browns: DL Braden Fiske, Florida State

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55. Miami Dolphins: OT Blake Fisher, Notre Dame

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56. Dallas Cowboys: RB Jonathon Brooks, Texas

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57. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Junior Colson, Michigan

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58. Green Bay Packers: S Tyler Nubin, Minnesota

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59. Houston Texans: DL Kris Jenkins, Michigan

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60. Buffalo Bills: S Javon Bullard, Georgia

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61. Detroit Lions: DL Ruke Orhorhoro, Clemson

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62. Baltimore Ravens: WR Ja'Lynn Polk, Washington

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63. San Francisco 49ers: CB Max Melton, Rutgers

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64. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Kiran Amegadjie, Yale

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65. Carolina Panthers: TE Ben Sinnott, Kansas State

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66. Arizona Cardinals: WR Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky

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67. Washington Commanders: TE Theo Johnson, Penn State

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68. New England Patriots: WR Ricky Pearsall Jr., Florida

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69. Los Angeles Chargers: OT Roger Rosengarten, Washington

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70. New York Giants: CB Khyree Jackson, Oregon

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71. Arizona Cardinals (from TEN): RB Trey Benson, Florida State

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72. New York Jets: S Cole Bishop, Utah

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73. Detroit Lions (from MIN): WR Devontez Walker, North Carolina

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74. Atlanta Falcons: CB D.J. James, Auburn

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75. Chicago Bears: EDGE Brandon Dorlus, Oregon

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76. Denver Broncos: DL Leonard Taylor III, Miami (FL)

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*77. Baltimore Ravens (from LV): OL Dominick Puni, Kansas

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78. Washington Commanders (from SEA): CB Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri

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79. Atlanta Falcons (from JAX): DL Mekhi Wingo, LSU

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80. Cincinnati Bengals: TE Ja'Tavion Sanders, Texas

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81. Seattle Seahawks (from NO): LB Payton Wilson, North Carolina State

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82. Indianapolis Colts: TE Cade Stover, Ohio State

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83. Los Angeles Rams: QB Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

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84. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Jarvis Brownlee Jr., Louisville

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85. Cleveland Browns: WR Roman Wilson, Michigan

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86. Houston Texans (from PHI): LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson

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87. Dallas Cowboys: DL T'Vondre Sweat, Texas

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88. Green Bay Packers: OL Christian Haynes, UConn

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89. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: EDGE Adisa Isaac, Penn State

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90. Arizona Cardinals (from HOU): DL McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M

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91. Green Bay Packers (from BUF): DL Maason Smith, LSU

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92. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from DET): CB Renardo Green, Florida State

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93. Baltimore Ravens: EDGE Austin Booker, Kansas

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94. San Francisco 49ers: WR Brenden Rice, USC

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*95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from KC): OL Christian Mahogany, Boston College

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96. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Andru Phillips, Kentucky

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97. Cincinnati Bengals: DL DeWayne Carter, Duke

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98. Pittsburgh Steelers (from PHI): OT Matt Goncalves, Pitt

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99. Los Angeles Rams: EDGE Mohamed Kamara, Colorado State

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100. Washington Commanders: WR Jermaine Burton, Alabama

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