PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds was invited by NFL Network and NFL.com
to select the Buccaneers’ first-round draft pick in the On The Beat
mock draft segment. Find out which player Reynolds selected with the
fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
NFL Network and NFL.com conducted their 2012 On The Beat mock draft and selected PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds to make the pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which have the fifth overall draft choice this year.
With Indianapolis selecting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck first overall, Washington taking Baylor signal caller Robert Griffin III next, Minnesota drafting USC offensive tackle Ryan Kalil and Cleveland acquiring Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon with the fourth overall pick, the Bucs were on the clock in this mock draft.
With Alabama running back Trent Richardson still on the draft board, Reynolds opted for LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne when making the Buccaneers’ selection. Claiborne, a junior entry, recorded 11 interceptions in three years for the Tigers, including six last season.
The drafting of Claiborne makes sense because Tampa Bay has a pressing need at cornerback where starters Ronde Barbe and Aqib Talib, as well as last year’s nickel corner, E.J. Biggers, are all in a contract year in 2012. That leaves free agent addition Eric Wright, Myron Lewis and Anthony Gaitor as the only cornerbacks under contract in 2013.
The Bucs also hired Claiborne’s position coach at LSU, Ron Cooper, to be Tampa Bay’s defensive backs coach this offseason. No one could prepare Claiborne for a smoother transition to a productive NFL career than the coach he has had a relationship with over the past three seasons in college.
To watch Reynolds discuss the selection of Claiborne on NFL Network’s On The Beat, click this link to watch the draft segment on NFL.com.
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