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2017 NFL mock draft: Josh Jones added by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa gets the all-around safety they need in the secondary.

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In the first round of our mock draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got Miami tight end David Njoku, who would give them one of the league’s best pairs with Cameron Brate. It’s a pick that has become commonplace for the Buccaneers in mock drafts, which assuredly means it will not happen.

Sander Philipse of Bucs Nation is back to make his second-round pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This time he’s targeting arguably Tampa’s biggest need in the draft.

50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State

Philipse: The Bucs need a free safety, someone who can patrol the deep end and force some turnovers, while also capable of being a force against the run. They haven’t had a player like that since Tanard Jackson smoked his way out of the league, but Jones can be that guy — without the drug habit.

Jones has prototypical height, weight, speed, and aggressiveness. The latter can be a bit of a problem, as he has a tendency to come in too hot and can be taken advantage of by crafty quarterbacks until he learns what he can and cannot get away with in the NFL. It’s easier to teach an over-aggressive safety to rein it in than to teach a passive safety to add some aggression to his game, though.

Jones’ aggression is also what makes him special, though. He’s always looking to hit somebody and make a play, and he has the speed and explosiveness to make it happen. That’ll be a great complement to the Bucs’ current group of safeties, who are better in the box and tend to be on the sluggish side.

Taking a tight end and a safety in the first two rounds addresses the Bucs’ top two needs, though it obviously leaves some holes elsewhere. Most notably, at running back, where the Bucs do need to find some added talent. With the amount of backs still on the board, though, Tampa Bay should be able to find a decent runner in the third round.

Analysis: You can really argue a running back with this pick. Alvin Kamara of Tennessee is there, and some consider him a possible first-round pick. The controversial Joe Mixon of Oklahoma is also available. By the time Tampa Bay comes around again at pick No. 84, both could be gone, as could Toledo's Kareem Hunt. While there are some good backs, the quality level is greatly diminished. Of course, the same can be said for safety. I like the pick of Jones, and this is about the range I think he'll get selected on draft weekend. If you prefer Jamal Adams to Malik Hooker for first-round safeties, you should prefer Jones to other safeties in the second round.

Dan's top five players remaining

  • 26. Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
  • 39. Teez Tabor, CB, Florida
  • 41. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
  • 45. Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida
  • 46. Chris Wormley, DL, Michigan

Buccaneers picks:

  • 1-19: David Njoku, TE, Miami
  • 2-50: Josh Jones, S, North Carolina State

The final pick of the day in the SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft is coming at 3 p.m. ET with the Denver Broncos and Mile High Report.


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