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Buccaneers Use First-Round Pick on Tom Brady Successor in Latest NFL.com Mock Draft

Devon Platana
One mock draft has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers using their first-round pick on a possible Tom Brady replacement.
One mock draft has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers using their first-round pick on a possible Tom Brady replacement. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images
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The 2021 NFL Draft is projected to be an exciting one as rumors circulate about which player every team thinks can be the one to turn their team around.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the latest team to be involved in this speculation. While Tom Brady just brought a Super Bowl to Tampa, he's also 43 years old and can't continue playing forever. Eventually, the Buccaneers will need to find his successor.

In the latest NFL.com mock draft, Peter Schrager has the Buccaneers drafting quarterback Davis Mills out of Stanford with the No. 32 pick.

Over the last two seasons, Mills threw for 3,468 yards and 18 touchdowns to 8 interceptions in 13 games for Stanford. Those aren't mindblowing numbers by any means, but they're more than respectable. They'd also give someone that the Buccaneers could shape for years to come.

What's ideal about the situation is that the Buccaneers don't need Mills to play right away. Brady is more than capable of leading the team for another two or three seasons. In the meantime, Mills could sit on the bench and learn everything he can from one of the top quarterbacks that the NFL has ever seen.

Another bonus is that the Buccaneers managed to bring back most of their Super Bowl-winning roster, so it's not like drafting a quarterback will set their team back. If they choose to draft Mills at No. 32, it could be a low-risk, high-reward situation.


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