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2020 NFL mock draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Javon Kinlaw

The Bucs add to their already-formidable defensive line.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be one of the more interesting stories of 2020. Gone are the days of Jameis Winston, here are the days of Tom Brady divorced from the New England Patriots. We’re in uncharted territories in Tampa, and no one is really sure how things are going to end up.

As we come to the 14th pick in the Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft, it is up to commenter tjwgoblue to build a team around a 42-year-old quarterback. And with the 14th pick, tjwgoblue has selected South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. Here’s tjwgoblue with the explanation:

“Overall, this team does not need much with only a few starting spots available. Unfortunately, a realistic nightmare scenario has played out here for the Bucs. With the top four tackle prospects off the board in near succession followed by arguably the best receivers the Bucs are left with a BPA approach.

Now is not the time for the Buccaneers to be gambling on projects or low floor/high ceiling prospects. Tom Brady has come to Florida to win now. Plug-and-play guys are needed because they do not have the luxury to wait for them to adjust to the NFL game with their championship window so short.

Hence the selection of Javon Kinlaw. Line this freight train up next to Vita Vea and Ndamukong Suh and the Bucs have themselves have a formidable defensive line. Kinlaw was the belle of the ball at the Senior Bowl after some productive years at South Carolina. Quick burst off the line and powerful bull rush stand out, but he has all the tools necessary to continue to grow. After losing Carl Nassib in free agency, Tampa Bay fills the position with a potentially better player who can start right away.

Considering the few needs this team has I fully expect Tampa Bay to be aggressive with their draft. They might have to be to get one of the top OT prospects or to get NFL proven talent on their roster.”

Catch up with all the picks from our POD Community Mock here.


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