We are now less than ten days away from the NFL Scouting Combine. We have already seen players compete in the East-West Shrine game, as well as the Senior Bowl. After the Combine, players will be able to improve their status in the 2012 NFL draft with their Pro Day workouts.
The Tampa Bay Bucs have six selections in the draft as of this moment, but that will improve as we move closer to the draft, which will start on April 26th and continue through April 28th.
The Bucs do not have a 4th round pick in the draft, as they traded that away to the Philadelphia Eagles last year in order to draft TE Luke Stocker.
In March, the NFL will announce the compensatory picks that will be awarded to teams for the draft. The Bucs expect to get compensatory picks for both Barret Ruud and Cadillac Williams, who they lost in free agency last year.
In this mock draft, I'm going to draft just the six selections that the Bucs currently have.
The Bucs are also trying to get their coaching staff fully configured after the hiring of Greg Schiano from Rutgers a couple weeks back. Because of the late hiring date of Schiano, the Bucs are having issues getting permission from various NFL teams about interviewing prospective coaching candidates. Even so, the staff is filling out nicely as the process moves forward.