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Kiper Mock Draft 1.0: Buccaneers

1/15/2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the seventh pick in the draft after a 4-12 season that exposed many holes. The new regime could go in several directions with its pick.

Much depends on what the new coaching staff and front office decide on quarterback Mike Glennon. If the consensus is that Glennon has a chance to be a solid starter, that will free up the team to go in several different directions. But, if the decision is that Glennon isn’t the long-term answer, the team could use the first pick on a quarterback.

The pass rush also is an area of need. The Bucs generated a good pass rush from defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and the linebackers last season, but there was little production from the defensive ends. At No. 7, the Bucs could be in prime position to take a defensive end.

The offensive line also is an area that could be addressed early in the draft. This unit didn’t play well last season, and guard Davin Joseph and left tackle Donald Penn, both 30, are getting older.

Check out Mel Kiper’s Mock Draft 1.0 to see which players he thinks the Bucs should target with their first pick.