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February 12, 2012 @ 11:00 am
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Pewter Report's 2012 2-Round NFL Mock Draft 1.0

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Eric Dellaratta

Eric
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Eric Dellaratta debut's PewterReport.com's first 2012 NFL Mock Draft that covers the first two rounds. Find out which players Tampa Bay takes with its first two selections in this article.
FIRST ROUND
Pewter Report takes a look at the first 32 players off the 2012 NFL Draft board and finds help for franchise QB Josh Freeman.

1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck QB/Stanford
Luck is one of the best quarterbacks to ever come out of college. He has all the tools needed to be a great NFL quarterback. This should be the pick unless something crazy happens before April. 

2. St. Louis Rams – Matt Kalil OT/USC
If the Rams can’t keep former first-round pick Sam Bradford upright and healthy, they could be picking in the same spot next year. Kalil is a technically sound tackle that will be hard to pass up on draft day.

3. Minnesota Vikings – Morris Claiborne CB/LSU
The Vikings could go in a few different directions with this pick, but it would be wise of them to shore up their secondary. Claiborne could start from Day One and become an instant impact player for the Vikings.

4. Cleveland Browns – Robert Griffin QB/Baylor
Griffin is a phenomenal athlete and has a huge arm. Colt McCoy doesn’t look to be the franchise signal-caller for the Browns, so Griffin would be a good pick for Cleveland. The Browns might consider trading this pick if they aren’t interested in him.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Justin Blackmon WR/Oklahoma State
The Buccaneers could take Blackmon to bolster their lackluster receiving corps. Tampa Bay could also select Alabama running back Trent Richardson with this pick. Another option in this scenario would be to trade down, but the Oklahoma State standout is a dominant number one receiver that could help get quarterback Josh Freeman back on track. Opposing defenses tried to shut down Blackmon all year by using double-teams, but he continued to produce despite the extra coverage. Blackmon is a game-changer that has wonderful leaping ability and body control to go along with impressive route-running and great hands. He would be a nice addition to the Tampa Bay passing game.

6. Washington Redskins – Ryan Tannehill QB/Texas A&M
The Redskins can’t go into next year with Rex Grossman and John Beck again. They need to find a quarterback later, and Tannehill would be a great fit in the Redskins offense. Mike Shanahan loves mobile quarterbacks.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonathan Martin OT/Stanford
Jacksonville needs to help out Blaine Gabbert in any way they can. They need a receiver badly, but there are none that are worth the seventh overall selection in this mock. Drafting a tackle like Martin would take some of the heat off of Gabbert.
 
8. Miami Dolphins – Quinton Coples DE/North Carolina
Miami appears to be switching to a 4-3 base defense, which means they will need a pass rusher opposite Cameron Wake. The Dolphins could draft Coples to be their left end and Wake could be their right end. They would have a quality defensive line made up by Jared Odrick, Cameron Wake and Coples.

9. Carolina Panthers* - Dre Kirkpatrick CB/Alabama
The Panthers can’t rely on Cam Newton to score 30 points a game. They need to shore up their defense some more. Getting Jon Beason back will be huge for Carolina, and drafting a cornerback like Kirkpatrick would help out even more.

10. Buffalo Bills – Whitney Mercilus DE/Illinois
Buffalo still has no outside pass-rushers. The middle of its line is set with Marcel Dareus and Kyle Williams. The next step is to get an edge rusher. A defensive end like Mercilus could put up big numbers as a rookie. 

11. Kansas City Chiefs* - David DeCastro OG/Stanford
It will be very hard for the Chiefs to pass up on the big Stanford offensive lineman. DeCastro is one of the most dominant guards to enter the draft in a long time. He’s extremely athletic and is a bulldozer in the ground game. DeCastro has even been compared to All-Pro offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson.
 
12. Seattle Seahawks* - Devon Still DT/Penn State
The Seahawks upgraded their offensive line last year, and this year’s plan should be to shore up the defensive line. Still is a very strong defensive tackle that would take some of the pressure off of defensive end Chris Clemons.

13. Arizona Cardinals – Riley Reiff OT/Iowa
Arizona will be targeting offensive lineman early in the draft, and Reiff would be good value for the Cardinals at this selection. Reiff was a very solid left tackle for Iowa, and he could make the switch to right tackle if need be.

14. Dallas Cowboys – Janoris Jenkins CB/North Alabama
It is uncertain if Mike Jenkins will be ready for the start of the season due to injury, so the Cowboys will be looking to upgrade their secondary. Janoris Jenkins had a good Senior Bowl week, where he showed great natural coverage ability and quickness. Jenkins would be a good fit in Dallas’ defense.

15. Philadelphia Eagles – Luke Kuechly LB/Boston College
Philadelphia desperately needs linebackers. If the draft plays out like this, they would be able to select the top-rated inside linebacker from Boston College. Kuechly is a tackling machine and would greatly help the Eagles defense.

16. New York Jets – Courtney Upshaw LB/Alabama
The Jets could take a receiver here, but in the end it will be too hard for Rex Ryan and the Jets to pass up on a linebacker like Upshaw.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (f/OAK) – Trent Richardson RB/Alabama
Cedric Benson is a free agent this offseason, and it seems unlikely that the Bengals will re-sign him. Richardson is fantastic value at this selection.

18. San Diego Chargers – Nick Perry LB/USC
Perry is somewhat raw, but would fill a big need for the Chargers. Larry English was a failure and they don’t have a legitimate option opposite of Shaun Phillips. 

19. Chicago Bears – Michael Floyd WR/Notre Dame
The Bears need to get some receivers for Jay Cutler. Michael Floyd is a big-time wide receiver. He is an extremely talented receiver that runs good routes, possesses soft hands, and is a good blocker in the run game. He makes plays all over the field, and would be a great target for Jay Cutler.

20. Tennessee Titans – Peter Konz OC/Wisconsin
The Titans offensive line hasn’t been the same since Kevin Mawae retired two years ago. Normally, centers do not warrant top-20 grades, but Konz is an exception. The Wisconsin junior is a dominant center that would be a great run blocker for Chris Johnson.
 
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Mark Barron S/Alabama
The Bengals need some help in the secondary, as Reggie Nelson will be a free agent this offseason. Barron is by far the best safety in this draft class. He’s a big-hitter that is also good in coverage. Barron played in an NFL-style defense at Alabama which will also help his cause.

22. Cleveland Browns (f/ATL) – Alshon Jeffery WR/South Carolina
Jeffery could fall a little bit on draft day. The South Carolina receiver was underused during his junior campaign and didn’t put up eye-popping numbers, but he’s a big-play receiver that can stretch the field. The Browns would be happy to land a big receiver for RGIII to throw to.

23. Detroit Lions – Zach Brown LB/North Carolina
Detroit’s defense needs playmakers. Unfortunately, there are no defensive backs worth this selection, so the Lions take the extremely athletic Brown with this selection. The Lions haven’t been afraid to take the best player available in the past few years.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cordy Glenn OT/Georgia
Glenn is a crushing run blocker that can play both the tackle position or guard position. The Steelers were exposed by opposing edge rushers this year, so they will need to shore up the offensive front if they want to continue their recent success.

25. Denver Broncos – Michael Brockers DT/LSU
Last year, the Broncos decided to take Von Miller instead of Marcel Dareus. Miller had a stellar season and now it’s time for Denver to strengthen the middle of its defensive line. Brockers was a big part of LSU’s defensive success last season. He is an ideal 4-3 defensive tackle that can stop the run and rush the passer.

26. Houston Texans – Kendall Wright WR/Baylor
Houston has needed a receiver to line up across from Andre Johnson for quite some time now. Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter are not the long-term answers. The Texans offense would be stacked if the team were to draft Wright. Imagine having to game plan for Arian Foster, Johnson and Wright.

27. New England Patriots (f/NO) – Melvin Ingram DE/LB/South Carolina
Melvin Ingram is a perfect fit for the Patriots defense. He’s extremely versatile, which is something Bill Belichick covets. He could play defensive end, defensive tackle, and even linebacker. Ingram could rise because of his versatility.

28. Green Bay Packers – Chase Minnifield CB/Virginia
The Packers need to add some talent in the secondary. Charles Woodson isn’t getting any younger and Tramon Williams didn’t have his best year in 2011. Minnifield is a cover corner that could rise during the pre-draft process.

29. Baltimore Ravens – Vontaze Burfict LB/Arizona State
The Ravens go after controversial linebacker in Burfict with their first round selection. Burfict is an emotional football player, there is no denying that. Landing in Baltimore would be great for the Arizona State linebacker, as he would have the chance to be mentored by Pro Bowl linebacker Ray Lewis.

30. San Francisco 49ers – Mohammed Sanu WR/Rutgers
San Francisco needs a receiver to pair with Michael Crabtree. Josh Morgan, Ted Ginn and Braylon Edwards are all slated to be free agents this offseason. Sanu is raw, but he has a ton of upside. The 49ers weren’t afraid of taking some raw prospects like Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick last year.

31. New England Patriots – Alfonzo Dennard CB/Nebraska
The Patriots defense was atrocious last season. New England was ranked 31st against the pass, so upgrades need to be made in the secondary. Dennard is a physical corner who excels in press coverage situations. After a poor Senior Bowl week, Dennard’s stock has taken quite a tumble.

32. New York Giants – Dont’a Hightower LB/Alabama
The Giants don’t many impact linebackers on their roster. Jonathan Goff will be a free agent this offseason and there isn’t much depth behind him. Hightower is a big, physical inside linebacker that would bolster the New York run defense.

SECOND ROUND
Pewter Report takes a look at the players chosen in the second round as Tampa Bay addresses a much-needed position in this round – cornerback.

33. St. Louis Rams – Juron Criner WR/Arizona
Quarterback Sam Bradford needs some receivers to throw to. Veteran Brandon Lloyd is a free agent and is expected to land elsewhere. Last year, the team invested picks in Austin Pettis and Greg Salas, but neither proved they could be reliable receiving options. Criner isn’t a burner, but he has solid hands and is a great route runner. He looks like a solid number two wide receiver at the next level.

34. Indianapolis Colts – Dontari Poe DT/Memphis
The Colts appear to be headed to a 3-4 base defense under new head coach Chuck Pagano. Indianapolis will need a true nose tackle that can anchor the defense. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 350 pounds, Poe would be a great run-stuffer for the Colts' new defense.
 
35. Minnesota Vikings – Mike Adams OT/Ohio State
The Vikings must upgrade the left tackle position this offseason. Charlie Johnson was not good last season and failed to keep the heat off of Christian Ponder. Adams will look very good in shorts at the combine, and that should help raise his stock into the first round. He’s a raw prospect, but teams will be very interested in him because of his size. Adams compares to New England Patriots tackle Nate Solder, who was selected in the first round last year. 

36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Stephon Gilmore CB/South Carolina
The Buccaneers need to add some talent to their secondary. With Aqib Talib facing legal issues in March, Ronde Barber unlikely to return, and E.J. Biggers underwhelming in 2011, Tampa Bay should be looking to add another cornerback to its roster. Former third-round selection Myron Lewis has struggled to stay healthy, and when he’s played he hasn’t been an impact performer. Anthony Gaitor barely got his feet wet during his rookie season and is a developmental project. South Carolina's Gilmore is a raw but talented defensive back that could get some first-round consideration. Gilmore had some ups and downs during his junior season, but he displayed a tremendous amount of upside. He is quick to react to thrown balls and has solid closing speed. The South Carolina cornerback is a good tackler that is physical in run defense, which is an attribute that the Buccaneers cornerbacks lacked in 2011. Gilmore tended to over commit to the run on play-action passing plays, and was somewhat of a “gambler” during his time at South Carolina. The junior was often used as a blitzer, which will be appealing to teams that like to send pressure from the outside. Although Gilmore will need some extra coaching at the next level, he has the talent to develop into a solid NFL cornerback.

37. Cleveland Browns – Lavonte David LB/Nebraska
The Browns continue their great draft by selecting an outside linebacker in David. Cleveland could draft David to be the weakside linebacker in their 4-3 defense. David isn’t very big, but he has been one of the best linebackers in the nation over the last two years.
 
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Rueben Randle WR/LSU
Jacksonville finally gets a receiver to help Blaine Gabbert. Much like Alshon Jeffery, Randle didn’t get any help from LSU’s quarterbacks. Randle was severely underused and didn’t get a whole lot of opportunities to make plays for the Tigers. He’s a big, fast receiver that will need to work out some small kinks in his game before he breaks out.

39. Washington Redskins – Jeff Allen OT/Illinois
Allen is a guy that could rise up draft boards in the coming months. He had a great Senior Bowl week and is very versatile. The Illinois senior looked natural at multiple different positions in Mike Shanahan’s offense at the Senior Bowl.

40. Carolina Panthers – Fletcher Cox DT/Mississippi State
The Panthers need to add some impact players to the middle of their defense. Adding an inside presence like Cox would help the likes of Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy.

41. Buffalo Bills – Dwayne Allen TE/Clemson
Scott Chandler isn’t the long-term answer at the tight end position. The Bills could draft the top tight end in the draft to help out quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

42. Miami Dolphins – Coby Fleener TE/Stanford
Fleener is a complete tight end who excels in both the running and passing game. Miami has needed to upgrade the tight end position for a few years now. Anthony Fasano is nothing special and Charles Clay is more of an “H” back. With the success of tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, teams will be hunting for the next great playmaking tight end.

43. Seattle Seahawks – Vinny Curry DE/Marshall
The Seahawks could use another pass-rusher to line up across from Chris Clemons, as defensive ends Raheem Brock and Red Bryant are both slated to become free agents this offseason. Curry is an athletic edge-rusher that could fit in a 4-3 as a defensive end or a pass-rushing linebacker in a 3-4.
 
44. Kansas City Chiefs – Lamar Miller RB/Miami
Jamaal Charles is coming off a major knee injury and the Chiefs don’t have great depth behind him. Jackie Battle and Thomas Jones are both slated to hit free agency. If Charles were to go down again, don’t think the Chiefs would feel comfortable having Dexter McCluster carry the load. Miller would be a great value pick for Kansas City in the second round.

45. Dallas Cowboys – Ben Jones OC/Georgia
The Cowboys shuffled centers all season. They will surely make an attempt to upgrade this position this offseason. If they chose to draft one, Georgia’s Jones would be a great selection in the second round.

46. Philadelphia Eagles – Kelechi Osemele OT/Iowa State
Osemele is a huge, powerful offensive lineman that would help out the Eagles offensive line, who struggled last season. Andy Reid loves big offensive linemen, so this would make a lot of sense. Osemele could play tackle or guard at the next level, but would probably fit best as a guard.

47. New York Jets – Alameda Ta’amu DT/Washington
Nose tackle Sione Pouha is a free agent this offseason, and the Jets will need to find a replacement if they are unable to re-sign him. Ta’amu is a good run defender, but will need to improve his pass-rushing skills to succeed in the NFL.
 
48. New England Patriots (f/OAK) – Markelle Martin S/Oklahoma State
New England’s defense was atrocious last season. Bill Belichick will be looking to upgrade the team’s secondary. Markelle Martin had a decent Senior Bowl week and was a big part of Oklahoma State’s defensive success last season. In a weak 2012 safety draft class, Martin is the second-best safety in this draft class behind Alabama’s Mark Barron.

49. San Diego Chargers – Jayron Hosley CB/Virginia Tech
Quentin Jammer isn’t getting any younger and the rest of cornerbacks on the roster haven’t wowed. Hosley is a small, playmaking cornerback that would be a good fit for the Chargers defense.

50. Chicago Bears – Kevin Zeitler OG/Wisconsin
Zeitler would reunite with former Wisconsin teammate Gabe Carimi in this situation. The Bears offensive line allowed 49 sacks in 2011, which was the fifth-most in the league. Chicago will need to upgrade its offensive line this offseason.

51. Philadelphia Eagles (f/ARI) – T.Y. Hilton WR/Florida International
Desean Jackson will be a free agent and there is little depth on the roster behind Jeremy Maclin. Philadelphia likes to take smaller, faster receivers, so Hilton would fit the Eagles mold.

52. Tennessee Titans – Cam Johnson DE/Virginia
The Titans ranked 31st in sacks last season, edging out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by five sacks. Tennessee didn’t get much production from their defensive ends. They will be looking to upgrade their front four this offseason.

53. Cincinnati Bengals – Casey Hayward CB/Vanderbilt
Leon Hall suffered a major injury last year which ended his season early. It is uncertain if he will able to play in the season opener, so the Bengals should acquire a cornerback as a backup plan. Hayward is a ball-hawking corner would excel in a zone oriented scheme.

54. Atlanta Falcons – Brandon Boykin CB/Georgia
The Falcons might not bring back Brent Grimes, so replacing him will be a big priority for Atlanta this offseason. Boykin is an undersized cornerback who is a playmaker. He would be a good fit in Atlanta’s defense.

55. Detroit Lions – Zebrie Sanders OT/Florida State
The Lions can’t ignore their need for offensive lineman much longer. Gosder Cherilus and Jeff Backus could be upgraded, and Sanders would be a nice fit for Detroit. Sanders played both the left and right tackle positions for Florida State, which will be appealing to NFL teams. Sanders needs to get a little stronger, but his versatility and technique will carry him.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers – David Wilson RB/Virginia Tech
Wilson will be hard for Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers to pass on with this selection. The Pittsburgh running back stable lacks speed and explosiveness, which is exactly what Wilson would bring to the table.

57. Denver Broncos – Doug Martin RB/Boise State
The Broncos need a long-term solution at running back. Doug Martin is a three-down back that will be able to contribute right away. Even though he is a smaller back, he runs with power and aggression. Martin told PewterReport.com at the Senior Bowl that he models his game after Baltimore’s Ray Rice.

58. Houston Texans – Josh Chapman DT/Alabama
Chapman is a monstrous nose tackle that could be the anchor of the Texans 3-4 defense. The senior nose tackle was a key component to the success of Alabama’s defense.

59. New Orleans Saints – Bobby Wagner LB/Utah State
The Saints could upgrade their outside linebackers by drafting Wagner. The Utah State senior amassed 147 tackles last season, which was good enough for eighth in the nation. His stock is on the rise following a great Senior Bowl week.
 
60. Green Bay Packers – Andre Branch DE/Clemson
The Packers don’t have a legitimate outside linebacker across from Clay Matthews. Branch is a speedy edge rusher who looks like he can make the transition to a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker.

61. San Francisco 49ers – Bobby Massie OT/Ole Miss
San Francisco could upgrade the right side of their offensive line. Massie is an underrated prospect that could sneak into the second round. He had a great year at right tackle for the Rebels.

62. Baltimore Ravens – Ronnell Lewis DE/Oklahoma
Baltimore could use another outside pass rusher to line up across from Terrell Suggs. Lewis would be a great fit as a pass rusher in Baltimore’s hybrid defense. 

63. New England Patriots – Joe Adams WR/Arkansas
The Patriots need a deep threat. New England has receivers and tight ends that work the middle of the field well, but there is nobody that can stretch the defense. Adams is a speedster that would help solve this issue for the Patriots.

64. New York Giants – Orson Charles TE/Georgia
Tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum both suffered major injuries during the Giants’ Super Bowl Victory. It is uncertain if they will be ready to play in September, so adding a tight end is a must for the Giants this offseason. A receiving tight end like Charles would add a new element to the New York offense.
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    2012 draft? Yikes, it was fun to look at now (2014) anyhow.
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    That's the thing about mock drafts. As you can see they're so far off the mark, it wasn't even worth the time to make one!
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    I think the Bucs are going to draft claiborne in the first round because, the last time they where picking #5th in 2005 they selected cadillac willams and look how that turned he was a complete bust , drafting a runningback in the first round is too high a risk oh, not to forget trent richardson just had knee surgery the bucs can get a runningback like lamichael james in the later rounds like the 3rd round because, he should still be avaliable and plus he is a way better athlete skill wise , he is faster, stronger,athletic than trent richardson. so, i think the bucs should 1. draft morris claiborne in the first round because, of a. Aqib talib legal issues and b. ronde barber age he is nearing the end of a hall of fame and legendary career so, they desperately need a cornerback.2.draft lamichael james to add with fellow oregon duck legarrett blount to have a explosive and talented 1,2 punch. 3. upgrade at the line backer position. 4. upgrade the offensive line because, the bucs offense ranked like#29 in the league i think. 5.draft a defensive tackle to replace brian price because, he is overweight and out of shape. if they can do all that they will be a playoff and superbowl contending for years to come.
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    I don't see what all the hipe is about claiborne I seen alot of his highlights & I was not impressed, he likes to play almost 10 yards away from receivers at the line of scrimage, NFL receivers & QB's will eat him up giving that much cushin at the next level. I could see if he lined up face to face with receivers & stayed with them stride for stride consistantly like some of the great NFL corners you people are comparing him to. I think we have better free agent corners that we can get Instead of him that high in the draft when freeman needs more help on offense. Blackmon would really help free out & rebuild his confidence after enduring a disastrous season. It would also take some of the heat off of mike williams & the rest of our receiving corps Cause opposing defenses would have to use their better talented defensive backs to try to stop blackmon not to mention he will draw most of the double coverage, mike williams should be able to shine again with mostly 1 on 1 coverage. As for drafting a running back that can compliment blount I dont see a better option than cris rainey which not only can he fly by defenders if our OL can create a hole for him, but can also return kicks & block punts on top of that, not to mention he catches passes in the back field & down field in the passing game. With them kinds of skills, speed, & versatility he is worth us using at least a 3rd rd pick on him, especially since we dont have a 4th rd pick which I'm sure he wont make it out of. Definetly better than the 2nd rd pick in 2008 used to get a no name receiver that was described as raw running routes just because of his speed alone in dexter jackson.
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    I like Blackmon but he will never be Megatron. He WILL be a very good #1 receiver. He is just competitive by nature and I believe has what it takes to become elite. Calvin Johnson is just a freak of nature. To run a sub 4.4 at his size with body control and great hands is just sick. If Stafford stays healthy I think he'll be a HOF receiver. I don't think anyone can be compared to Megatron. Maybe Randy Moss in his prime.
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    Blackmon is fine but drafting a raw corner-back in the second round is way too risky for a flailing franchise in the eye of the fan base.
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    Martini: Best I ever recall getting right was 9. That's what makes the draft so entertaining. We all think we know something about which we really know very little.
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    In 2011 Mel Kiper picked 6 correctly in the first Round. Mc Shay picked 6/32, rang was 5/32, Reuter was 4/32. Draft Scout and Espn Rankings got 4 out ot the first 64 picks correct. (6%). Actually that was one of the better years in the past 10. So for all you folks that get fired up about Mock drafts I have some swamp land in South Florida you might be interested in. But I will admitt that I am a Draftnick and every year around March and April I get fired up about who I think Would be The "Best Value or Need" Last year I got 5/32 in the first round, Mel would be proud.......Go Bucs
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    Coach said he plans to run the ball, I like blount but he's not the home run hitter on offense we need a legitimate two back system, our oline is built to run the ball and coach schiano knows regardless of what the medias perception is about running backs going in top 10 or what Bill parcells said about you shouldn't take RB in first three rounds who cares glazers love offense and there going to let schiano put his stamp on the team and that's running the Football. Remember when we took gaines Adams instead of adrain Peterson look how that worked out .. Ha dom, won't make the same mistake this time around trust me. Claiborne is good but he's know revis and blackmon is a bigger version of michael crabtree. Don't worry we will get an elite receiver and corners in FA. Without the run free struggled when we 10-6 it was because he had a run game we became one dimensional.
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    Definitly not Richardson with the first pick,. They could get a guy like James in the second or third rounds that could be a speedy complement. I think either Claiborne or Blackmon would be solid picks. I don't like the comparison of Jackson to Blackmon. Jackson drops too many balls and is smaller then Blackmon. I see Blackmon as a Andre Johnson. Big and powerful and quick. Desean Jackson is definitly a burner and much smaller. Maybe a Vincent Jackson type player. Anyways D needs help. I'd go for Offense in FA just incase Blackmon isnt there. Tons of great recievers available. Address D with first two picks if Blackmon isn't there.
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    Of course this all depends on what happens in Free Agency, but in this draft I like the choice of WR Blackmon. It would be nice to have a dominating WR. Someone teams would have to worry about, someone like (what) AJ Green did for the Bengals. In this draft for the 2nd round pick, I like TE Allen from Clemsom. This guy is crazy big, strong and fast. If you haven't seen him yet, look him up. He may not even make it to the 2nd round after the Combine? I really think M. Claiborne is the best talent for the Bucs in the top 10. I really want this guy for Bucs, but I don't see him getting past Vikings at #3. If he's not there I'd rather see Tampa move down and pick up extra picks. Even if the moved down 2 or 3 times in this draft and went down to the 20's, there is good talent to get. This team needs a bunch of players and I'd like to see them grab a few. Unless Morris Claiborne is at number 5.
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    Speaking of free agency and the salary cap - here's a recent list of cap space by teams from PFT with the Bucs in 3rd place behind Jacksonville and Denver: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/12/remaining-2011-cap-space-by-team/
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    ColoradoBuc, thanks. That was an eye opener as to who has cap money and who doesn''t. The Bucs have 25 million left over for 2011; no excuses for not using half of that money to resign players and pick up 2-3 Free Agents before the draft.
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    I would love for this scenario to play out. I have a hard time believing Blackmon gets to us though.
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    I hope like hell we use our pick on Justin Blackman - we let Dez Bryant pass us by... Can't do that again... We take him or Richardson to give our offense a spark... We can fill our Defensive and offensive line needs later in the draft - at some point we also need to pick a complimentary home hitting RB to Blount...
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    St. Louis doesn't pass up Blackmon at #2 for Bradford, as they will likely sign best available LT in free agency. He's explosive enough to resemble enough of Calvin Johnson for years to come. Redskins don't take Tannehill, if anything, Shanahan and Dan Snyder trade up from 5 to get RGIII at #3 with Vikings, since Browns are likely to take him.
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    Eric, I have thought about this some more and I don't see us picking Blackmon. He does not have the Calvin Johnson size to pick at the 5th spot; just my opinion. If Claiborne is gone I would consider Kirkpatrick or Kuechly which would help one of our two major needs.
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    Horse & whoever doesn't think blacmon has calvin johnson skills cause he isn't as big as him & shouldn't be taken in the top five because of that. You say that like receivers like calvin jonhson come out in the draft all the time he is said to be a freak of nature, so get real how many players like him has the nfl seen? Just think of how Blacmon can snatch freeman's some times of target balls right out of the air or right out of defenders faces as I seen him do on several plays, he even has a greater verticle leap than that of plaxico burres even though plaxico is 4 inches taller than blackmon at 6' 5" to blackmon at 6'1" & ontop of that blackmon can catch balls in range so wide it equals to the size of a 2 car garage which is almost the same range as megatron himself! So stop talking what you dont know, don't believe me go to youtube & look up blackmon's sport science & compare it to calvin Johnson's sports science while you are at it!!!
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    Not bad. The Rams have pumped a lot of money into their O-line over the past few years between the draft and FA so I'm not so sure they would spend this high of a pick on another LT. But if they do things could work out this way. I like mock drafts so I submitted my own on another website and they featured it as their #1 mock draft. Check it out if you're interested ED ....... www.fantasyfootballjungle.com/nfl_draft/mock-draft.php
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    We definitely need a dynamic #1 receiver, a #1 corner and LB help. I have a good feeling about the Gaitor kid we drafted last year. He just looks effortless in his coverage and has really fluid movement. Think he could end up being a great #2 CB. But regardless, we need to sign two starting caliber guys and Gaitor can battle it out with them for the job. It would be nice if we could get Ronde to stick it out for one more year. I think their are some other really intriguing options if we do trade down. The Safety from Alabama, Mark Barron, looks like the real deal; and I'm really into the MLB from Arizona St., Vontaze Berfict, he looks like a nasty, mean streak punisher ala Ray Lewis. I also think that we can grab a CB with a first round grade with our second round pick, so that's something to think about too. Interested to see what goes on at the Combine and what we get in FA. Very excited, GO BUCS!!
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    And of course we could drop and still have a shot at Dre Kirkpatrick as well.
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    The mock drafts are entertaining and will no doubt look much different after the combine and free agency in March. With the large pool of quality free agents this year and the strong possibility the Bucs will choose to dip a toe into said pool, the roster needs could change by draft time. The biggest weakness appears to be CB. Even if Dominik signs one of the top free agent corners like Carr, Porter, Grimes etc., there will still be a need at the position. I could easily see the Bucs taking Claiborne if he's there.
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    STOP with the Trent Richardson talk. They are NOT taking him..... unless he drops to the 2nd round. Claiborne or Blackmon is the pick. They have a RB, Blount, and they will draft or sign a complement for him in the 2nd to 4th round (James, Rainey, etc...) This team has DB , and LB holes and need a big time WR. Why on earth would they waste a pick at #5 on RB... especially when they have a very good one that just needs a little discipline in holding onto the ball? - - - - - - - I would bet EVERYTHING Richardson is not taken by the Bucs in round 1 (barring a trade dwon and getting 2 picks in the round), just too many other holes to address. - - - - - -- If they do take him, it will be a HORRIBLE pick
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    Still more than two months before the draft, most recognized boards are just starting to take shape, Combine more than a week away, no Pro Days yet, no Free Agency yet, no Pewter Report Best Bets yet and most important of all, no JDouble's Beasts and Busts yet. But the Pewter Report posters have already started questioning each others' wisdom, name calling and proposing on-line duels when it comes to what Mark Dominik should do with that #5 choice. Why is it that some of you can't respect the opinions of your fellow posters? I still remember the clamoring for DE Larry English and DT Peria Jerry from our group of experts. Last year many bemoaned the choice of DE Adrian Clayborn. DE Ryan Kerrigan was the preferred choice but he was gone when the mighty Bucs had to "settle for the remaining DE"; you remember, the one with the noodle arm. How'd that turn out?
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    Just for the record...the great and mighty "megatron" is 6'6 and Blackmon is listed as 6'1 with cleats on...Blackmon isn't calvin Johnson and never will be...I can see him looking ALOT like deseasn jackson, but even desean jackson can't do what calvin johnson does Stone1.
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    DeSean jackson is a "go deep" WR whose otehr plays happen on broken plays w/ the QB scrambling. he can not run routes and can not run inside. - - - - - Blackmon is a game changer. You jsut had to watch him in college and realize that he is a big time stud WR. I do not care what they have him listed at or what his 40 time is. He can run every route, catch everything near him, he can get deep, and he can out muscle DBs. All thing Jackson can not do. - - - - - -- - - - - - - - If Blackmon is there, I think the Bucs absolutely NEED to take him. Otherwise DB Claiborne ----------------------------------------- Absolutely NOT to Richardson. Too many needs at DB, LB, and WR to look at RB with pick 5. Blount is good. They just need to fix the fumbles and get a speedy complement
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    stone1 - That's pretty bold calling someone an idiot when Schiano is a defensive minded coach, the Bucs just keep on picking defense in the first round, 90% of every expert mocks us taking Claiborne, we have a receiver coming off an almost 1000 yd season with 11TDs a year ago, and in all likelihood we will be with out Talib and Barber. Yeah man Blackmon is definitely the best choice.... Finally, Megatron is much faster, 4 inches taller, and runs tighter routes.. idiot.
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    These mock drafts are nothing more than article filler's that spur up much debate. I don't take these literally i just like the entertainment value it provides, I especially love posters like JDouble who claim to know the small school prodigies who are never on tv like some guard from Southeastern Arkansas who they think will be good and we should select them even going so far as to talking about the players strengths and weaknesses, lol God love em'
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    the nfl is a offense driven league if blackmon is there he is the pick, claiborne or any corner in this draft can't cover him, if you would pick claiborne over blackmon your an idiot. do you see what megatron does this kid could be the same type of player
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    Yall are funny... First of all this year's FA is deepest at WR. For all we know, we could end up with Desean Jackson or Dwayne Bowe in a month or so. Second, I can garuntee if Claiborne is available to us at 5 he will definitely be the pick. It would be stupid not to with how bad our secondary is looking. That's even if we get a corner in FA. So stop freaking out about this crapppp.
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    If this mock has Richardson falling to #17 why would we even consider him at #5???
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    I think this would be a great addition in WR from Okl state, BUT AGAIN I WAS THINK ABOUT TAMPA COULD MOVED DOWN WITH CINCH BENGALS AND IF THEY WANT rb TERENT RICHARDSON AT NO#5. tHEN tAMPA WOULD SAY OK HOW ABOUT YOUR TWO PICKS IN RD-1 PLUS TAMPA WOULD SWITCH THIR 2ND ROUND PICK TO cINCY LOWER 2ND rD SLOT AND cINCY WOLD MOVE UP TO tAMPA SLOT AT #4 IN rD-2. tHEN tAMPA WOULD HAVE TWO HIGH QUALITY SELECTIONS IN rD-1 AND A PICK IN rD-2 AND OF COURSE THE #5 PICK IN rD-3. tHEN i WOULD SELECT neb cb IN rD-1, AND oFFENSIVE tACKLE IN 2ND rD-1 ONE SELECTION. aN rb OR ilbd IN rD-2 AND THE ONE THEY DON'T GET IN rD-2 HEN THEY GO AFTER NTHE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE IN rD-3. go bucs
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    Eric: Pay no attention to these cynical closet cyber draft experts who will propose countless different scenarios for the next two months just so they can claim they got a few right. Kinda like the Pewter Report Best Bets. Your initial Mock Draft offering is no better or worse than any of the countless others that will appear in various publications, on websites and on this board adnauseam. Truth is, if someone gets 25% to the correct team he should be thrilled with his cognitive powers. With the first three often being virtual gimmies, the chance of getting 20% correct after that is commendable. For a poster to somehow in February think he knows better than anyone else what will happen in April to the point of throwing out insults is just a little much. In 2011, the great Mel Kiper predicted a whooping 5 right in his Draft Report mock draft. Ourlads Guide got only 2 right. These critics should submit their ONE official Mock Draft and let's see how accurate they are. By the way, I would love to land WR Justin Blackmon.
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    Eric, Good job on your first mock draft. Now to be clear, those are not the picks I would make, but I've seen Charlie Campbell's mock at WalterFootball and those would not be my picks either. Any mock before the Combine and more importantly before free agency is a roll of the dice. Then add to that the completion of our coaching staff to try and determine whether we're going to have a Defensive or Offensive draft. If I were to take a guess at this point, I would guess that the Browns would take RGIII. I don't think the Redskins will trade up with Matt Flynn and Kyle Orton available in FA. Because of the need to fix Sam Bradford, the Rams can't afford to pass on both Kalil and Blackmon. If Cleveland takes RGIII, I'm trying to trade down with them because they covet Richardson as a replacement for Hillis and they have the extra picks to pay. There are other good choices at CB like Kirkpatrick. Janoris Jenkins, Dennard, Gilmore, and Minifield. That is why the Combine is so important. If it turns out that Claiborne is truly that once-in-a-decade shutdown CB, we've got to take him. Otherwise we really could use 2 or 3 more premium draft picks.
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    Charlie Campbell's not walkin thru that door.
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    While I don't opine quite as vociferously as bucfan82 in the competence of the new writers, I will say this mock is a tad ridiculous. It's tough to get the top five or 10 picks wrong (at least in some order), projecting Gilmore in the early part of the second round is way off base. Gilmore had only three interceptions last year playing many weak opponents. His biggest knock is that he lacks polish as a cover corner and does not have top-end speed. We already have a couple of those corners on the roster, don't we?
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    A WR 1st round and 'project' CB in 2nd???? Only offensive player we should take in 1st is Trent Richardson - otherwise go defense. we have no d backfield and only one and a half LB's - Foster and Dakota Watson. And PR says go WR in round one? C'mon guys, get a clue.
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    Nice job and good to see you're not a clone. The NFL is an offensive league and we need an elite offensive player--currently we have none with the possible exception of Blount if he gets his head screwed on tighter. Blackmon and Richardson are the two players with the greatest chance of being game-changers. At #5, you have to take one of these two players. Let's for once get a can't miss, elite player.
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    I don't see this happening this way with our 1st pick because the Vikings need help on their OL and they would probably trade down. Also our WR's are good enough when we have CB, LB,TE, RB, Center, OL needs. Now that we have a good OC Coach I bet Freeman, and all the WR's will be better. If Blackmon was availalbe at our spot I would trade down. I bet New England would trade for him? It's too early to critical of Eric's selections because we will have to see who we sign in Free Agency. I would be shocked if we passed on a CB in the first round and a LB in the second round though.
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    Eric, I forgot to compliment on thinking outside of the box.
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    Bucs are in a win win situation. They either get a shot at Kalil, Blackmon or Claiborne if RG3 gets taken in top 4. If RG3 drops to Bucs at 5 then we will be prime trade partner trying to get in front of Washington.
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    Freeman to Blackmon~ kind hope we hear a lot of that in the future.. Interesting how far TR falls without the Bucs targeting him at 5.
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    Very well thought out draft scenario for those with actual football sense and common sense thinking of team needs around the NFL...Leslie Fraizer came from the 85 Bears era and played DB...If he looks over Morris Claiborne and likes what he sees then it's a done deal at #3 for the Vikes...now realistically the Vikes do need to shore up their offensive line and should be looking at a OT, but I'm sure Fraizer can identify a playmaker at DB and if Claiborne fits that bill, then why wouldn't you take a prospect with the potential to be the next Asomugha or Reevis? I look at it this way, the Bucs have FA almost 2 months b4 the draft...depending on which quality FAgents they can bring in, determines their draft status and who they will look to draft...although, even if they fill a need at a certain position in FA, I still hope they stick to the Giants drafting philosiphy of drafting good football players...Say the Bucs can lure Mario Manningham in FA down to Tampa to reunite with Mike Sullivan but the Vikes end up with Morris Claiborne at #3 in the draft...so the Bucs do the SMART thing and trade back to accumulate some more picks(which they could really use) and Someone like Blackmon falls to them somewhere in the late top 10 or 20 somewhere...If you believe he's the real deal then you STILL TAKE HIM because you can never have too many good football players...and talk about competition at the WR position with an OC who coached a consisitent top 10 recieving core...I LIKE IT!!!!
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    I am sure going CB if he falls to us...EJ should already be out flipping burgers after last year...he was the focus of every OC we played! If Claiborne is not...Justin is a freak of nature...can be impact like Johnson in Detroit he makes plays...we can also adress CB in FA huge pool this year and then a LB in the second makes sense...
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    Also, Lamar Miller at 44? No way. Trust me. He will make his way into the middle to late 1st round. The mock draft people are largely copycats. Once a few of you guys figure that out the rest will follow along. Miller is a stud.
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    Highly unlikely that Griffin lasts until 4. If the Rams trade out of 2 and Griffin goes in that spot to, say, the Browns, then Kalil falls to the Vikings. No way they pass on an elite LT prospect with the shape that their line is in. That makes it Luck, Griffin, Kalil. If the Rams pick 4 in this senario, it's hard to see them passing on Blackmon if he's a legit top 5 pick at WR. That would leave Claibourne for the Bucs at 5. Without projecting that trade, any prediction of the top 5 picks is irrelevant.
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    I think it's a very reasonable mock. Not sure what the problem is Bucfan82, do you just not like the picks? I've seen Blackmon mocked to us several times and CB in the second round is a logical pick if we don't get Claiborne.
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