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: December 12, 2006, 04:18:06 PM

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First round -Joe Thomas – LT – Wisconsin
Analysis: If the Bucs end up with the #3 overall pick, the buccaneers must resist the temptation on reaching on a defensive player and select the premier left tackle of the draft.  Joe Thomas would immediately step in and start from day one which would allow Anthony Davis to slide over to right tackle and compete with Jeremy TrueBlood.  The addition of Thomas would give the Bucs an extremely talented line with unlimited potential. (Thomas – LT, Buenning – LG, Mahan – C. Joseph – RG, Trueblood/Davis- RT). Joe Thomas is considered one of the best Tackles to come out for awhile, he posses’ great size and natural athletic ability which allows him to dominate in pass blocking. In the running game Thomas is polished run blocker who’s capable of locking in on the defender and not allowing him to get away.

Second round - Victor Abiamiri – DE – Notre Dame
With Simeon Rice looking likely to be cut in the off-season the Bucs will try and find his successor with this freak athlete out of Notre Dame.  With the speed and natural athletic ability Abiamiri posses he has all the tools to become a terror off the edge and give the Bucs the pass rush that is so desperately needed to be generated by the front four in this defense.  The only concern about Abiamiri is even at 270 lbs he’s still a bit lean and has some consistency issues.  Overall the addition of Abiamiri should give the Bucs two young promising ends in White and Abiamiri.

Second round -Daymeion Hughes – CB – California
Daymeion Hughes is the perfect fit for the buccaneer’s defense.  Hughes who has a nice combination of size and athleticism has been very productive at corner for Cal.  Hughes is an aggressive corner who is not afraid to come up and support the run.  At 6’2 Hughes has the size to match up against taller receivers and could immediately step in and replace Juron Bolden.  The only thing keeping Hughes out of the first round is elite timed speed.  Hughes who in my opinion could step in and play a similar role to Bolden from day one also is a special team’s ace and could bolster that area of the Bucs team.

Third round - Brandon Meriweather – S – Miami
The buccaneers recently have done a good job on passing on players with character concerns.  Saying that the 2007 class of safeties is deep and a player like Meriweather who has some character concerns will probably get pushed out of the second round.  As a football player, Meriweather is the real deal.  He is a fearless tackler who fly’s to the ball and attacks the line of scrimmage.  He also has the speed and athleticism to be a threat when the ball is in the air making him a complete strong safety.  With jermaine Phillips struggling adding Meriweather who can play both safety positions would be a wise choice.

Fourth round – Ryne Robinson – WR – Miami (Oh)
Ryne Robinson is a very special athlete in the mold of Devin Hester.  Robinson who has already returned seven Td’s for Miami OH this year posse’s game breaking speed and acceleration making him the top return specialist in the draft.  Its time to Tampa bay to invest a mid-round pick on a special team player who will bring immediate field position and game breaking ability.  While Robinson is undersized and will probably never make a significant impact in the receiving game he would finally give the Bucs the special team threat they have been long waiting for.


Fifth round – Dan Mozes – C – West Virginia
With John Wade getting older and older and Sean Mahan looking ready to take over as the full time starter its time to add some young talent and depth to the position.  Mozes who spent most of his time playing guard at West Virginia is projected to play center in the pro’s because he lacks the size to play guard full time in the NFL.  Dan Mozes is an extremely smart player and has unique quickness at the position and excels at pulling.  Although a bit of a project Mozes has the potential to compete with Mahan as the starting center after a year or two of experience.
Sixth Round – Quincy Black – OLB – New Mexico
Seventh Round – Jared Zabransky – QB – Boise St

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#1 : December 12, 2006, 04:27:34 PM

Very good draft.  Best one yet.  But Hughes before Merriweather?


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#2 : December 12, 2006, 04:33:12 PM

Very good draft. Best one yet. But Hughes before Merriweather?

yes.  Corner back is much more of a premier position, and I can see the Bucs wanting to address it before taking a safety.  Saying that - the actual selection from our late second and early third will be about 5 picks, so the order is rather insignificant at this point of time.

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#3 : December 12, 2006, 04:50:29 PM

Is anyone else concerned that with all the free agents and draft picks used to try and upgrade the o-line that even a supposed top level talent like Thomas wouldn't make a difference?

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.



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#4 : December 12, 2006, 04:56:11 PM

Is anyone else concerned that with all the free agents and draft picks used to try and upgrade the o-line that even a supposed top level talent like Thomas wouldn't make a difference?
franchise LT always make the difference. Remember next year we'll get Buenning back with a seasoned Davin and Trueblood, and Wade / Mahan battling or a rook. Thomas is an elite talent and would make a difference on nearly every O-line.

Great mock draft and welcome to PR.

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#5 : December 12, 2006, 04:56:56 PM

I approve of this mock draft.

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#6 : December 12, 2006, 04:57:49 PM

If this were the draft, i would be a happy camper.  We have to take Thomas if he is available.


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#7 : December 12, 2006, 05:00:07 PM

Is anyone else concerned that with all the free agents and draft picks used to try and upgrade the o-line that even a supposed top level talent like Thomas wouldn't make a difference?

Free agents?   You can’t really expect Trueblood and Joseph to dominate the first year.  Buenning has been banged up, which has really hurt our run game.  A Healthy Buenning along with a year experience with Joseph and Trueblood and a prospect like Thomas, i think you will see a greatly improved o-line next year.

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#8 : December 12, 2006, 05:03:37 PM

Pretty good draft. Not sure I like the Meriweather pick though since he's baggage and not even an elite player.

Cal's secondary got torched by USC and could not tackle at all against UT. Still not fair to hold that on one guy but still.

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#9 : December 12, 2006, 05:09:27 PM

Nice draft, no sure if Meriweather will be still on the board but well done, looks good to me!

With regards to Joe Thomas...Imagine him and Buenning together, yikes! 2 big ol'wisky boys from up north! That would make a great, young, powerful, talented left side and we already have Joseph on the right side with Trueblood, get us a center and we are in business up front! See things don't look so bad on the OL after all!



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#10 : December 12, 2006, 05:10:50 PM

Is anyone else concerned that with all the free agents and draft picks used to try and upgrade the o-line that even a supposed top level talent like Thomas wouldn't make a difference?

Free agents?   You can’t really expect Trueblood and Joseph to dominate the first year.  Buenning has been banged up, which has really hurt our run game.  A Healthy Buenning along with a year experience with Joseph and Trueblood and a prospect like Thomas, i think you will see a greatly improved o-line next year.
I agree, and most people seem to let this fact swoop right over their heads.  

Next year, Buenning, Davis (or Thomas, fingers crossed), Mahan (shudder), Joseph, 'Blood.

Has the earmarks of a mauling O-line, IMO.


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#11 : December 12, 2006, 05:11:50 PM

we need a stud DT more so than a stud DE

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#12 : December 12, 2006, 05:13:15 PM

Only take Thomas if Quinn is gone, but I like this draft alot. I'd be very happy if this was the 07 draft. But from everything I've read Merriweather will be a 2nd rounder.




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#13 : December 12, 2006, 05:16:32 PM

Decent draft, I'm keeping on eye on Ryne being a nice Day 2 sleeper. If Merriweather drops to R3 then it'd be great, but the lack of a DT concerns me.

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#14 : December 12, 2006, 05:17:16 PM

we need a stud DT more so than a stud DE
I'd agree with that.
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