2011 NFL Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Take

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Take
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a surprisingly quick turnaround from the 2009 season to the 2010 season, where they went from three wins to 10 wins.  They failed to make the playoffs, but they were in the race through the last week of the season.  The Bucs have a lot of good young talent, so their team’s future is looking very bright.

Josh Freeman really came on in 2010 and established himself as one of the most talented young quarterbacks in the game.  His skill set has really started to develop and he looks like he will become a very good team leader.  LeGarrette Blount went from undrafted rookie to one of the top rookie running backs in 2010.  He looks like he’ll be a starter for a long time, but the depth behind him is questionable. 

Mike Williams is another Buccaneers rookie who looked like a budding young star, by hauling in 65 receptions and 11 touchdowns.  Arrelious Benn and Dezmon Briscoe are two other young receivers who look to have bright futures in Tampa BayKellen Winslow is a reliable target at tight end, and one of Freeman’s favorite receivers. 

The offensive line has some question marks heading into the draft.  Davin Joseph and Jeremy Zuttah are very solid at the offensive guard positions, but Joseph is a free agent and it’s still up in the air on whether or not he’ll be back.  Donald Penn has some Pro Bowl talent, and he looks like the longtime blindside protector for Freeman.  Jeremy Trueblood and James Lee both got starts at tackle and they could be replaced.  Jeff Faine has good talent, but he has been plagued by injuries in recent years. 

The defensive end position needs some upgrades, as they struggled to get consistent pressure on the quarterback.  Both Stylez White and Kyle Moore could be replaced next season.  The Bucs have a lot of young talent on the defensive line, but they didn’t play to their potential in 2010-11. 

Gerald McCoy, Brian Price and Al Woods should be solid contributors for years to come.  Barrett Ruud and Quincy Black are both solid starters at linebacker, but both of them are free agents.  Geno Hayes didn’t play well last season and he could be replaced, possibly by 2010 rookie Dekoda Watson. 

Ronde Barber will be back for at least one more season at one of the corner positions.  He and Aqib Talib form a very good starting cornerback tandem for the Bucs.  Tanard Jackson was suspended indefinitely and his future is up in the air.  Cody Grimm played well as a rookie before getting injured, but he should be back in the starting safety spot in 2011.  Sean Jones can fill in well for Jackson if Jackson can’t play, but he provides good depth as well.

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