The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have much to improve during the offseason. A 4-12 record is not anything to be proud of. Nor is a number five overall draft selection.
Current team needs are almost too many to count. The Bucs want some talent at the running back, wide receiver, offensive line, defensive tackle, linebacker and cornerback positions. Based on re-signings, they may also require a backup quarterback and a safety.
Here at Bleacher Report, one of our key writers for the NFL is Matt Miller, founder of the draft site New Era Scouting. He provides in-depth analysis and insight to create some of the best mock drafts on the Internet.
In his post-combine mock, he went through seven full rounds of selections.
Overall Pick No. 5: CB Morris Claiborne-Buy
Although the fifth pick in the draft may seem to give Tampa a variety of options, there are only two that would make sense: Morris Claiborne and Trent Richardson.
Since Trent Richardson is off the board by this point, Mark Dominik won't have to think twice before making a decision.
Who Should the Bucs Draft First?
Overall Pick No. 37: LB Zach Brown-Buy
And with the second selection goes Zach Brown!
Tampa Bay struck gold last year when Mason Foster was picked in the third round. He became an instant contributor and leader.
Yet, one man is not a linebacker squad. The Bucs were ranked 32nd in rush defense, and a guy like Brown can plug up the holes that the defensive line leaves.
Overall Pick No. 69: TE Coby Fleener-Buy
Although Tampa selected Luke Stocker last year to address the weaknesses at tight end, he was completely ineffective. Kellen Winslow, the current starter, is due a rather large salary, assuming he is not released.
Fleener spent his college career with the much-hyped Andrew Luck throwing to him, so we know he has experience catching passes.
If Fleener is available at pick 69, Josh Freeman should be more than excited to have him as a target.
What is the Biggest Need Besides for CB?
Overall Pick No. 133 WR Eric Page-Buy
Because of a trade with the Eagles, the Bucs lost their fourth-round pick. Therefore, they must wait until the fifth to pick up a wide receiver.
Given the amount of quality free-agent receivers this offseason, Tampa Bay should have no problem signing a veteran.
Mike Williams and Co. are not performing to the level needed for Freeman to become an elite passer, and were the reason he struggled in 2011.
Overall Pick No. 164 QB BJ Coleman-Sell
Josh Johnson is entering free agency, and with the current quarterback drought, he will probably go to the highest bidder. Tampa will not be the highest bidder.
Round six would be a great place to draft a quarterback who can hold the clipboard for Josh Freeman. However, instead of BJ Coleman, I would draft Chandler Harnish. Harnish is raw, but shows starter potential—his deficiencies coming in accuracy and decision making.
Overall Pick No. 197 CB Robert Blanton-Sell
I say sell only because of who is left on the board:
Levy Adcock, a gigantic offensive tackle from Oklahoma State.
Blanton would be a good value in the seventh round, but Adcock would be a total steal.