Top Prospects in the Late 1st

By Harris Oates, Editor-in-Chief

The Bucs and Chiefs are obviously locked in on winning a Super Bowl this evening, but tomorrow morning will be time to start looking towards the future. Assuming both teams hold onto their picks, there still will be some top tier talent left around at 31 and 32.

Kansas City Chiefs

Carlos Basham Jr. | Wake Forest, Edge

As good as the Chiefs have been this season, they surprisingly have had one of the weakest defensive lines in the league. Starting Defensive Ends Alex Okafor and Frank Clark have combined for just 11 sacks coming into the Super Bowl and to add insult to injury, Rookie Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed leads the team in sacks through the postseason with 2. Basham is a dominant defensive lineman who has an elite get off, and combines power with speed better than anyone else in the draft. He has the potential to be an every down lineman and likely could still be on the board at the bottom of the 1st Round.

Teven Jenkins | Oklahoma State, OT

The offensive line is aging and has dealt with its fair share of injuries because of that. They just signed Mahomes to a 10 year deal, so why not go out and get his future Left Tackle? Jenkins has spent most of his college career playing Right Tackle, but is one of the top 5 offensive line prospects in the draft. He is not the most polished in pass protection, but he is an athletic and quick lineman who can keep up with a QB who isn’t afraid to scramble the pocket. If Jenkins is available this late he would be tough to pass up.

Dyami Brown | North Carolina, WR

Brown is a bit of a wildcard, but every time I turn on his tape I am continued to be amazed. Brown is one of the best route runners in the draft and could replace pending Free Agent Sammy Watkins. This pick may not be chalk, but the Chiefs trust their front office and have made surprising 1st Round picks like Clyde Edwards-Helaire last year.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nick Bolton | Missouri, LB

The Bucs could be losing Levonte David this offseason, which would be a giant loss for the NFC Champs. Nick Bolton is an elite level Linebacker prospect who could fall to the back of the 1st Round and would be an absolute steal for the Bucs.

Wyatt Davis | Ohio State, OL

The Bucs’ offensive line has been much improved since last year and seem to have found a solid franchise tackle in Tristan Wirfs. Davis would solidify the interior of the offensive line and keep Brady clean for another year.

Alim McNeill | NC State, DT

This would be an interesting pick because the Bucs seem content with Vita Vea as their Nose Tackle, but his contract expires after next season and McNeill has the versatility to fill in any of the three primary spots on the line. Ndamukong Suh is a pending free agent this offseason and William Gholston is up at the same time as Vea, so it is unlikely all three will be together much longer. McNeill is a beast on the defensive line and is one of the most explosive 320 lbs players you will ever see.

Game Prediction

It’s set up to be an epic offensive battle, but this one is going to come down to the battle of the trenches. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they are set up to be dominated at the LOS. Chiefs’ starting Left Tackle Eric Fisher is out of the game, which will be costly against one of the best pass rushes in the league. When it comes to the other side of the ball, the Bucs have had one of the best offensive lines in the league this year, which has worked wonders for their revitalized run game. The Chiefs defensive line, as mentioned above, has been pitiful and “stars” like Frank Clark have done next to nothing all season. I will never pick against Tom Brady in February. Bucs 31, Chiefs 17.

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