13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT John Jenkins, Georgia
About the Pick: John Jenkins is one of the better defensive tackles in this draft class. He’s a perfect fit as a nose tackle in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. Jenkins is a force in the middle and usually commands a double team. Even when double teamed he can usually push the pocket, and have an impact on the play. Jenkins does need to show more consistency, and the fact that he can hold up for a higher percentage of snaps at the next level.
Steve’s Take: The Buccaneers could use a corner, but don’t be surprised if they look for value here. Jenkins has big time upside, and could be the final piece to an emerging top defensive line.
On the surface it seems odd to draft a defensive tackle first given how well the rush defense was this year, but the idea of pairing Jenkins and Gerald McCoy may be too much for Tampa to pass up. That would allow them to control the interior line, and really push the pocket. Brandon Jenkins should be back fully healthy and give them some good defensive end depth and situational pass rushing ability, one thing that this front four lacked was getting after the quarterback. Later in the draft the Bucs can add some young corners to develop for the future.