Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Analyzing First-Round Pick Projections of the Experts

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Analyzing First-Round Pick Projections of the Experts
Who the Buccaneers draft fifth overall is up for much debate. Photo/J.J. Rodriguez

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves in a rather enviable position with less than three weeks until the 2012 NFL Draft. Barring a last-minute, out-of-left-field blockbuster deal, the Bucs will wind up with either the top offensive or top defensive skill player in this year's class with the fifth overall selection. 

And quite frankly, the help can't come soon enough.

Early April is historically prime Mock Draft season around the Internet with countless drafts completed and updated between now and the actual draft on April 26th. Rather than complete a mock draft of my own, I decided to look at 10 experts from multiple media sites—big and small—who they think the Bucs will take fifth overall and analyze why I agree and disagree with their selections.

While we may not know who the Bucs will actually take come draft night, this much is clear: The experts are sure it will either be Alabama running back Trent Richardson or Louisiana State cornerback Morris Claiborne. The following slides are broken down into two groups—those drafting Richardson and those drafting Claiborne.

Without further ado...

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