Rick Gosselin recently released his final NFL mock draft, and the results are somewhat surprising. Gosselin is widely considered one of the most accurate draft prognosticators, as he has a large amount of insider information, so it makes his few unconventional picks extra interesting. In particular, he believes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may target defensive end Robert Quinn.
While most analysts believe the Bucs will pursue a defensive end to help improve their pass rush, Quinn is an interesting selection as most drafts have him going higher in the rankings. Cameron Jones and Ryan Kerrigan are two names that have come up very often when discussing the Bucs' #20 pick, but Gosselin seems to believe both those players will be off the board before Quinn.
If Quinn were to fall to the Bucs, it would be a huge steal for them. As SB Nation's blog Bucs Nation points out:
I can't see Robert Quinn dropping this far, because he has tremendous talent as a pass rusher. But if he does fall that far, the Bucs should jump at the chance to draft him. In fact I think it's likely the Bucs trade up as soon as they see him slipping to around #15 to snap him up. There may be no better player in the entire draft than Robert Quinn for the Buccaneers, except for maybe Von Miller.
For full scouting reports on Ryan Kerrigan, Cameron Jones, Robert Quinn, and other possible first round picks, check out the draft board over at Bucs Nation. Also, we'll be updating this stream with full coverage and analysis of the Bucs' moves through the NFL Draft, so keep checking back for more news.