2011 NFL Draft: Who Is Tampa Bay Eying with Their First Round Pick?
The 2011 NFL Draft is fast approaching, but what are the Bucs thinking leading up to the big day?
The answer to this question might have been a running back before last year, but LeGarrette Blount had a breakout rookie season for the Bucs and appears to be the answer for that team for the present and the future.
With that said, the Tampa Bay Bucs will likely look at taking a defensive impact player. One area that this team desperately needs to improve in is their pass rush. The Bucs leading sack man in 2010 was Stylez White, who recorded four sacks last season.
ESPN's Todd McShay has Tampa Bay taking Cal DE Cam Jordan in his latest mock draft.
"Jordan spent most of his time at California playing the 5-technique in a 3-4, but the more tape I study the more convinced I become that he's a better fit at left end in a 4-3. Jordan is big and has adequate strength but he's at his best using his hands to get off blocks and pursue the ball."
This is a good choice here, and Jordan is a guy that should go off the board right around this time.
When you look at the Bucs defensive statistics, this is a team that ranked 30th in the NFL last season with just 26 total sacks. Like mentioned earlier, they didn't have a player of their roster that totaled five or more sacks.
A few other guys that may be available at this point would be Cam Heyward, Ryan Kerrigan or Aldon Smith. All three of those guys would be good picks at this point.
Yahoo Sports reporter Nolan Nowrocki has the Bucs going in a different direction in his mock draft.
Nowrocki believes that the Bucs will go with USC OT Tyron Smith:
"GM Mark Dominik did a fine job of uncovering skill talent in the mid-to-late rounds last year, but needs to turn his attention to the trenches this year and improve both the offensive and defensive lines. Smith might not be ready Day One, but he has as much upside as any offensive lineman in this year's draft, and could help keep Josh Freeman standing."
I agree that keeping Freeman standing is very much so important. But this team has to look at the defensive side of the ball first here. When you don't have a pass rush, that changes every aspect of the defense.
Look for the Bucs to go defense, most likely a defensive end in the first round.
For a complete look at the draft, check out our NFL Draft Hub.
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