Midday Mock Draft: Back-to-back safeties taken in top 10

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
April 09, 2018 - 9:13 am
Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick

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Two more picks were anounced in Thursday during the Midday Mock Draft and it was a mini run on safeties, one fro the ACC and the other the SEC. 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Derwin James, S -- Florida State 

Scott Smith from Buccaneers.com and Greg Gabriel of Pro Football Weekly made the picks for Tampa Bay and Chicago, respectively, at Nos. 7 and 8.

Smith talked about the moves the Bucs have made so far in the offseason. He talked about the acquisition of JPP from the Giants and how he thinks he will fit into the scheme. 

Then the conversation went to quarterback Jameis Winston and if he will be able to take the next step in his journey under center. Smith talked about the up and downs of Winston’s first two years in the league and how that really wasn’t unexpected. 

Smith mentioned the line and how they are moving players around to make it a better line based on the player’s strengths. 

As opinions differ, Smith disagreed with Rick that the Bucs need a WR in the draft and broke down why they don’t. He told us how Coach Koetter likes to utilize TE’s and broke down how they affect the running and passing game. 

Smith broke down where the Bucs stand on drafting a running back and how important it is for the team to find a guy who fits their team.

8. Chicago Bears: Minkah Fitzpatrick, S -- Alabama

Gabriel told us he wasn’t sold a year ago on Mitchell Trubisky but after watching him for a year believes he will be a good QB in the NFL. 

The conversation went to the Bears hiring new head coach Matt Nagy and what he thinks he can do for the team. Gabriel likes the staff Nagy has surrounded himself with as well as the players he has put around Mitchell Trubisky for him to succeed. 

Gabriel told Rick their second go0to receiver may already be on the roster in Cameron Meredith. 

Some talk on the defense and who Gabriel thinks are players that will make noise on that side of the ball happened. 

Gabriel described the offense of the Bears this season being similar to the Chiefs and using a great many tight ends.