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January 3, 2011 @ 7:32 am
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Tampa Bay To Pick 20th In 2011 NFL Draft

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the 20th overall selection in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft due to the team's 10-6 record. The Bucs will pick after the New York Giants, which also had a 10-6 record because of a tougher strength of schedule.

By virtue of its 10-6 record, Tampa Bay will be selecting 20th in the 2011 NFL Draft, behind the New York Giants, who have a similar 10-6 record, due to the Buccaneers' better strength of schedule. Despite some uncertainty about a potential work stoppage in 2011, the NFL owners and the NFL Players Association have a provision in the previous collective bargaining agreement calling for a draft in April 2011.

Here is the draft order for the first 20 teams in the 2011 draft. The final slotting for the remaining 12 teams will be determined based on the outcome of the playoff games.

1. Carolina Panthers (2-14)
2. Denver Broncos (4-12)
3. Buffalo Bills (4-12)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)
5. Arizona Cardinals (5-11)
6. Cleveland Browns (5-11)
7. San Francisco (5-11)
8. Tennessee Titans (6-10)
9. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)
10. Washington Redskins (6-10)
11. Houston Texans (6-10)
12. Minnesota Vikings (6-10)
13. Detroit Lions (6-10)
14. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
15. Miami Dolphins (7-9)
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (8-8)
17. New England Patriots from Oakland Raiders (8-8)
18. San Diego Chargers (9-7)
19. New York Giants (10-6)
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (10-6)
21. Seattle Seahawks (7-9)*
22. Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)*
23. Indianapolis Colts (10-6)*
24. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)*
25. Green Bay Packers (10-6)*
26. New Orleans Saints (11-5)*
27. New York Jets (11-5)*
28. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)*
29. Chicago Bears (11-5)*
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)*
31. Atlanta Falcons (13-3)*
32. New England Patriots (14-2)*

* denotes playoff team - draft order subject to change based on playoff outcomes

The Buccaneers have several needs to address in the 2011 NFL Draft, which will likely take place the last week in April, but none greater than defensive end. Tampa Bay's leading sacker in 2010 was veteran defensive end Stylez G. White, who underwhelmed with 4.5 sacks and lost his starting job in Week 16 to Michael Bennett. White is slated to be an unrestricted free agent and may not return to Tampa Bay.

The 2011 draft is fairly rich with defensive end prospects, including first-round prospects like North Carolina's Robert Quinn (junior), Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan, Iowa's Adrian Clayborn, Texas A&M's Von Miller (DE/LB), Cal's Cameron Jordan and Miami's Allen Bailey. Clemson junior D'Quan Bowers jumps to the head of this list if he declares for the NFL Draft, and UCLA's Akeem Ayers (DE/LB) and Wisconsin's J.J. Watt are also possible first-round picks if they leave school early.

The Buccaneers have only had the 20th overall pick once in team history and that was in 2008 when Tampa Bay selected cornerback Aqib Talib from the University of Kansas. The following is a list of players that have been selected with the 20th overall pick in the last 10 years:

2010 CB Kareem Jackson - Houston
2009 TE Brandon Pettigrew - Detroit
2008 CB Aqib Talib - Tampa Bay
2007 CB Aaron Ross - NY Giants
2006 DE Tamba Hali - Kansas City
2005 DE Marcus Spears - Dallas
2004 DE Kenechi Udeze - Minnesota
2003 OT George Foster - Denver
2002 WR Javon Walker - Green Bay
2001 SS Adam Archuleta - St. Louis

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    Hello Scott Reynolds-Remember Me a few years ago? I got a few question about the 2011 nfl draft. I see the scouts Inc Top 600 players. Does that included the underclassmen! Second. You mention that Tampa has a pick in each of the 7 rds. Don't we have Denver high pick in the 5th rd plus one of ours and don't we have pittsburg 6 rd pick for the trade of QB BL. Third. Have you heard that if the DE that they have targeted is gone, Do you think Tampa would pick another player at #20 like OT or OLB or CB, and pick a DE in Round Two.
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    Horse, They always seem to pick high and have multiple picks. But we got Larsen from their practice squad. Even the mighty patriots make bad personel decisions. That guy is a stud and will be a future star in Tampa.
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    I would like to see us use our 1st 2 picks on DE's/LB's and then secondary help for the 3rd and 4th round. Lets not forget Vincent Jackson probably isnt coming back, Grimm is still learning and Mr. Barber aka "grandfather time" is getting close to retirement. For the 5th and 6th round go with the best RB/WR. The last round should be used on an offensive lineman (Guard). This year for the buccs was a lot of fun but next year our schedule will be a lot tougher! NFC North & AFC South!
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    We'll pick highest rated DE or MLB, but we might also decide to take highest rated player regardles of position. Is this not crazy for New England? They have 2 No.1's; 2 No. 2; 2 No. 3's.
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    I have seen plenty of mocks penciling Adrian Clayborn, Iowa, 6-3 285 DE, with our pick. Midwest guy, plays with extreme motor has powerful hands. Had an awesome jr year fell off a little as a senior. Some character concerns. I for one would be ecstatic if we were to land him. DE-rich draft this year, folks.
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    I was very high on clayborn but as you said, he had a very underwhelming senior year, knowing we will probably miss out on Quinn/bowers...I've hopped on the Ryan Kerrigan bandwagon
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    I guess the tiebreakers are different but it just seems wrong. The NYG get the tiebreaker for the playoffs AND the draft?!?
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    It's interesting that the Giants are picking one spot ahead, but I don't think it will make a difference, at least not in the first round. The Bucs are likely to pick a DE if there's a highly rated one on the board. The Giants took Pierre-Paul in the first round last year so I don't think they'll go DE again, even though they like to stockpile D lineman.
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    Anybody know what the tie breaker for the playoffs was?
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    Draft has "Strength of Schedule" which is winning % of all 16 games played. Playoffs have "Strength of Victory" which is winning % of who you beat (as a tiebreaker before SOS.) So their losses came to teams with worse records than ours (BAL, ATLx2, PIT, NO ...)
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    What a bunch of crap. The tie breaker for the draft and playoffs should be the same. The bucs always get screwed. Oh well, at least we know the Giants wont be taking a DE with thier first pick.
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    better strength of schedule?so much for "the bucs benefitted from an easy schedule"......
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    Here's to a Bucs pass rush in 2011!
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    Is it just me or does it seem like the rules are made to especially screw the bucs?... they never work out in our favor. Oh well 20th it is. Hopefully we can get a DE that will have the same kind of success Talib is having
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    Well picking 20th I guess isn't to bad. I just hope that there will be some good DE's available at that point in the draft. If anyone has any idea who could be available please list them. thank you
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    Giants went 10-6 vs a weaker schedule. The Draft uses SOS as the tiebreaker different than playoff tiebreaker.
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    Shouldn't we pick AHEAD of the Giants? If the Packers had lost and both the Giants and Bucs won - the Giants would have knocked the Bucs out of the playoffs. Thus, there 10-6 is better than our 10-6. Something isn't right there...
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    Also, I'd like to see the answer to Finerdetailz question as well...how did NY have an advantage over us in getting into the playoffs and in draft seeding...it doesn't make sense.
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    Should we just mark down Von Miller as a Buc, knowing Dom's love for the Big 12?
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    If the Bucs had the sane division record and better strength of schedule why did the Giants winning (along with packers) eliminate the Bucs since they both finished 10-6?
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