Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors and Storylines

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Draft Updates: Latest News, Trade Rumors and Storylines
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As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inch closer to the 2012 NFL Draft, they could very easily find themselves with one of the hottest commodities available.

No, not barrels of crude oil. The fifth overall selection.

The prevailing theory—and most mock drafts—suggest that the Bucs will either wind up drafting Louisiana State cornerback Morris Claiborne or Alabama running back Trent Richardson with said fifth overall selection, depending upon which of the above-mentioned players is still available to draft.

But what happens if both Claiborne and Richardson are gone when the Bucs are asked to submit their draft selection?

Would that signal an immediate need to trade away the pick, or would it better serve the Bucs to stay the course and draft the best available player?

And if so, who should the Bucs select?

Receiver? Tackle? Linebacker?

This storyline and many more will begin to take shape as the draft draws near.

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