Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dilemma: What If Claiborne and Richardson Are Both Gone?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IMarch 20, 2012

Could the Bucs be interested in Michael Brockers (90)?
Could the Bucs be interested in Michael Brockers (90)?Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Here comes the giant monkey wrench for all of you out there who have seemingly figured out who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might take with the fifth pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.


Your Basic Nightmare Mock Draft

1. Indianapolis Colts: Quarterback Andrew Luck, Stanford.

2. Washington Redskins: Quarterback Robert Griffin III, Baylor.

3. Minnesota Vikings: Cornerback Morris Claiborne, LSU.

4: Cleveland Browns: Running back Trent Richardson, Alabama.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Now what the heck do we do?


How's that, draft prognosticators?

Richardson's gone, Claiborne's gone.


There are all kinds of rumors developing, some will be simply smokescreens, like the latest that the Vikings have goo-goo eyes for Claiborne.

Cleveland, well, the way things are going up there, they'll be picking in the top five for the next four years. They're totally unpredictable.

So what's Mark Dominik to do?

Do you take Matt Kalil, the 6'7", 295-pound tackle from Southern Cal, and make him the immediate starter at right tackle, thus ridding the line of Jeremy Trueblood? Do the Bucs give themselves a GREAT offensive line?

Or, do they take defensive tackle Michael Brockers from LSU, the 6'6", 310-pound beast, knowing full well that neither Gerald McCoy nor Brian Price has been able to get through a full NFL season?

Or, do they make a bit of a reach and take linebacker Luke Kuechly from Boston College and insert the 6'3", 240-pounder in the middle of the defense?

Or, do they hope and pray that some team has fallen in love with quarterback Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M and that team will want to trade up to take Tannehill at No. 5?

Yes, it's a dilemma with a capital "D."


There are already rumors that defensive end Quinton Coples, the 6'6", 285-pound star from the University of North Carolina has or will visit with the team prior to the draft. Can you connect the dots to Butch Davis? Would the Bucs actually draft yet another defensive end fifth overall?

It does get pretty mind-boggling when you think about.

That's the funny part about all these "mock drafts." The only sure bet, the only sure thing, is that Luck and Griffin are going first and second. After that, it's a crap-shoot.

Yes, think about it for a second.

In fact, think about it for about two days.

Think about it as long as you want. We've got some serious time here.