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2012 Season Awards Issue

Pewter Report’s 2013 Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

WRITTEN_BY Scott Reynolds Scott Reynolds
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Normally reserved just for Insiders, Pewter Report is making the first 2013 mock draft free to everyone this week. Pewter Report publisher Scott Reynolds offers up his first 7-round Bucs mock draft of 2013. Who is Tampa Bay’s first-round pick? How many cornerbacks will the Bucs draft? Get the answers right here.
Pewter Report is deep into scouting for the 2013 NFL Draft and takes it's first shot at forecasting which players Tampa Bay will select in this initial Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft.

ROUND 1 – Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson
Although the Buccaneers need desperate help at cornerback, there isn’t one worthy of drafting with the 13th overall pick, as Alabama’s Dee Milliner will likely be off the board by then. A glance at the defensive tackle position shows a glaring need for talent next to Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy. The Bucs thought McCoy’s partner would be Brian Price, a second-rounder in 2010, who was released on the first day of training camp last year.

Richardson, a talented, 6-foot-4, 295-pound junior has the ability to penetrate and pressure the passer, which is something no other defensive tackle outside of McCoy can do. More ideally suited to be a three-technique tackle, Richardson could rush at the nose tackle position in nickel defense and on passing downs, while a player like Roy Miller or Gary Gibson handles the nose tackle duties on first and second downs.

Richardson has elite quickness and athleticism and was the SEC’s leading tackler among defensive linemen in 2012 when he notched 75 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, three forced fumbles, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery that was returned 60 yards against Kentucky to earn All-SEC honors.

ROUND 2 – Rutgers CB Logan Ryan
Ryan is a physical cornerback who is a perfect fit in Greg Schiano’s defense because he played in it for two seasons at Rutgers. The 6-foot, 190-pound junior has enough size to match up against bigger receivers and the playmaking ability the Bucs need, evidenced by his seven interceptions over the past two seasons, including four last year.

Ryan has 170 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 32 pass breakups, seven picks, two forced fumbles, and half a sack in his three-year career for the Scarlet Knights. His ability and playing experience under Schiano means he could likely step in as a starter during his rookie season.

ROUND 2 (TRADE) – Washington CB Desmond Trufant
The Buccaneers use the fourth-round pick they acquired from New England for Aqib Talib and package that with their third-round pick to trade up into the second round to select Trufant. Tampa Bay wants to field a bigger team on defense and at 6-foot, 190 pounds; Trufant has good length and fits the bill.

Trufant played in director of college scouting Eric Stokes’ backyard in Seattle for four years where he got plenty of experience in 50 games at Washington. Trufant, who is the younger brother of NFL cornerbacks Marcus and Isiah, has recorded 32 pass breakups and six interceptions, in addition to two sacks and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. Trufant is battle-tested, having fared well against the likes of USC wide receiver Marquise Lee, who had just two catches for 32 yards against him in 2012. Trufant could team with Logan Ryan to become two shutdown cornerbacks in Tampa Bay for years to come.

ROUND 4 – Wisconsin OT Ricky Wagner
The Buccaneers could use a right tackle candidate to challenge current starter Demar Dotson, and one that has the ability to play on both the left and right side. Wagner, who played for Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad, has started at both right and left tackle where he protected the blind side of former Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson.

The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Wagner was an All-Big 10 first-team performer as a senior in 2012 and has plenty of starting experience. Because he does not have elite athleticism, he is best suited to play right tackle at the next level. Wagner used to play basketball, so he does have good short-area quickness, but needs to do more knee bending than waist bending, especially in the NFL. Wagner is an above average pass protector, but he excels as a run blocker due to his aggressiveness and solid upper body. He could challenge Demar Dotson for the starting right tackle job immediately.

ROUND 5 – Florida State QB E.J. Manuel
Tampa Bay wants a quarterback that can challenge Josh Freeman and will use a fifth-round pick on Manuel, Florida State’s senior quarterback. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Manuel has great mobility and a big, strong arm that can really push the ball down the field. That’s an important trait in Mike Sullivan’s offense, and Manuel could possibly challenge Josh Freeman for the starting job in time.

Manuel, who had the 14th-best quarterback efficiency in 2012, started several games as a freshman and sophomore for injured starter Christian Ponder, and is the only Florida State quarterback that has won all four of his bowl games. He completed 600-of-897 passes for 7,741 yards with 47 touchdowns and 28 interceptions in his four years in Tallahassee. The mobile Manuel also rushed 298 times for 827 yards and 11 touchdowns in his Seminoles career.

ROUND 6 – Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy
Stacy is a bowling ball-type running back at 5-foot-8, 215 pounds and is built like Tampa Bay’s leading rusher Doug Martin. He is a physical runner with good quickness and acceleration that invites contact. Stacy rushed for 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns on 207 carries (5.5 avg.) in 2012 and became the first Commodores running back to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He’s also the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,143 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Stacy has good hands in the passing game, catching 10 passes for 205 yards as a senior and has 46 catches for 415 yards in his career. The Vanderbilt rusher would make a nice backup to Martin in Tampa Bay and could challenge D.J. Ware and Michael Smith for a roster spot. Despite being a physical runner, Stacy has speed, evidenced by eight offensive plays over 50 yards in his career, including a 90-yard run against Wake Forrest and an 86-yard jaunt against Presbyterian last year.

ROUND 7 – Rutgers TE D.C. Jefferson
The Bucs add some depth, athleticism and size to the tight end position in the seventh round with the acquisition of Jefferson, who played for head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers from 2009-11. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound Jefferson is a converted quarterback that stood out during the East-West Shrine practices due to his long frame that allowed him to create mismatches in the passing game.

Jefferson was underused at Rutgers as the offense wasn’t designed to feature the tight end. He caught a career-high 20 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown as a senior and finished his Scarlet Knights career with 47 catches for 560 yards and two scores. Jefferson has decent speed and has catches of 46 and 53 yards on his career stats sheet. He could compete with Luke Stocker, Nate Byham, Danny Noble and Drake Dunsmore for a roster spot in Tampa Bay in training camp.

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    That would be perfect! Looking forward to seeing how much this changes going forward!
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    Not a fan of Trufant or EJ Manuel. Would rather have Wreh-Wilson and Dysert if those are the positions we target. Love the rest of the draft, though.
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    Trufant is absolutely tearing up the Senior Bowl so far and I saw a glimpse of Schiano and Dom watching him closely in a one on one battle, the kid is a beast and is very physical with the wr's and doesn't back down from anyone, I would absolutely love that pick, great blood lines with his brothers too, great mock, but if we don't sign a tight end I would like to draft one a little higher
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    Richardson Very Good would rather trade back and get John Jenkins this guy can not be blocked one on one wont be surprised if he goes earlier than what people think, 6 foot 6 360 and has a good first step rare rare athlete. McCoy would never see a double team, although I don't think he sees nearly as many as we are led to believe. Trufant not to bad EJ Manuel shouldn't have been starting at FSU, the coaching staff had to hide this guy. Vince Young clone, little slower and even less accurate beyond 10 yrds. Anybody that thinks he can play in the nfl has absolutely no clue and I like fsu
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    I like the picks. Who do you think will pick Dee Milliner and how far up would we have to move to get him? I like the idea of taking a DT if a CB is a reach, but I was hoping for someone who could develop into a dominant nose tackle. Someone a lot better than either Miller or Gibson. I agree with those who don't like Manuel. We have a need for a stong side LB. Qunicy may not make it back and if he does he could be cut for the cap hit. The defense went south when we lost Talib and Quincy. You addressed the CB position, but what about LB?
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    Dt wasn't our biggest problem last yr and besides Dt's have the highest bust rate of any position in the draft to many to name for examples
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    Not to mention, why would we use a #1 pick on a situational player when there are many other needs?
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    SR Just wondering where our other 4th rd pick is?
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    He advocates trading it. Read why we have two #2s in his mock draft.
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    I would like to know why my comment was deleted? I didn''t swear or personally attack anyone so why was it deleted?
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    I would be very surprised to see the Bucs select Richardson. He is not a team captain by any stretch and has considerable baggage off the field. He does have good tape, but I think he is and will continue to be a trouble maker in the mold of Talib or Winslow.
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    I like, except for the Mannuel pick of course.
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    I wasn't expecting a DT in round 1, but that sounds like a good player to pick up. Athletic, pass-rushing DT are hard to find.
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    SR, I like your picks except for #1. We need a sam lb to go with L. David and Foster. We could even select Mateo since he may fall and put Foster outside where he is comfortable. Another option is to trade down since the best corner will be gone and the others are not worth a #13 pick Since the draft is deep in CBs we could pick up extra picks. I liked the trade and we could do more with the extra picks. 218 is light:) lol
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    Mark Dominick seems to bring his "A" game in the earlier rounds. Xavier Fulton, wherefore art thou?
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    Why draft a DT that is only gonna play passing downs n nickel defense??? Is there no other well rounded DT with a first round grade that is around the spot that the BUCS pick?
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    Ditto!
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    im not buying this
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    boo they fixed the typo about the anorexic OT and deleted all the funny comments. fun police in da house
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    Nice job! I like the richardson pick he would bring some much needed swagger he is the type of player who will skip through the opposing teams pregame stretching and not give a $h¡t... Dont want any part of manuel!!!!if Amerson is still available would rather have him then Ryan.
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    We have a quick and fast DT in McCoy. How about a big and STRONG DT for a change. We sure could use a DT that can pump some IRON!
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    Rather have Poyer than Ryan. We need a return man too and he can do both. All for Trufant, been watching him on NFL Network in the Senior Bowl practices and he has 'it', ultra confident and fearless. Like the idea of a D lineman in first more and more.
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    EJ Manuel cannot read a defense== in high school, college, or pros. Why waste your time and money. I have watched him for 4 years at FSU. He never got it when it came to reading defenses. Why would we believe that he could in the pros.
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    Good JOb SCOTT REYNOLDS i agree the Bucs will not use their first pic on a corner.Its amzing people forget that it stars up front.
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    Having watched Manuel the last couple of years, he reminds me of Freeman...he never became that elite level QB...would rather have Landry Jones as a developmental QB behind Freeman
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    Let me try this again? No Manuel! No!, No!, No! He is inconsistent, indecisive, he fumbles if somebody touches him in the back field, he is a horrible dink & dunk passer, he doesn't see the whole field. How am I doing? Please Bucs do not waste a draft pick on him in desperation to find a Freeman back up. I am an FSU Fan and he lost us so many games. Fisher tried his best to make the play calling simple for him and he still couldn't execute most of it. No!!!!!
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    A Fla st fan ej manuel is just like freeman when he was in that 4 game slump to end the season we definitely don't need him I prefer a veteran to come in ,as for the draft people forget besides corner ,linebacker and de/dt we need a free safety just as much as we need a corner I would like to see mike Jenkins or dominque rogers-cromartie come here or both ,there are both from bradenton and would be an upgrade over what we got and then we can use the draft to upgrade the talent in other areas on defense
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    ILB Manti Te'o at 13, FS Reid from LSU in the second, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball or OK State RB Joseph Randle in the 3rd. Thats immediate impact.
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    Manti Te'o isn't going to the Bucs in the first. Too much drama around that guy plus after the Alabama game you can tell he was overrated.
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    Soooo what, you want to run Danny Gorrer out there at CB next season?
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    Danny Gorrer?
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    Agree on all comments re: Manuel. "Looks like Tarzan plays like Jane." His inconsistency is bazaar and yet he seems to say and do all the right things. Someone will reach though and a 4 doesn't seem too bad given some of our previous mistakes (Xavier Fulton, Larry Brackens, Sabby, et al). This is only version 1.0 so I'm guessing there's at least two more?
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    NO QB needed if the Bucs pick up ALex Smith or Matt Moore in the offseason.
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    There are gonna be some solid if unspectacular free agent CB's this year also. With a better pass rush, the importance of the CB to be a top tier player subsides, especially if you have two ball hawking physical safeties.
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    what about cb johnaton banks from miss st. nice size and good speed
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    Yea, THAT's the kind of value I want from a top 15 pick -someone to play like 15-20 defensive snaps a game on a good day. Jeez, I can normally follow PR's logic, but drafting a 3-technique DT to play NT makes 0 sense to me. We were stout against the run last season, and part of that was due to Roy Miller's play. Even the best pass rushing teams don't get sack numbers from every spot on the line. There are several better options available at that spot, but I like the idea of drafting something other than a CB at that spot and trading back into round 2 to get 2 CBs in that area (although I'm not nuts about either of these 2 guys, particularly Trufant, who I admit I haven't seen much tape on yet, so I should reserve judgement on him). My dream scenario would be trading back in round 1 and grabbing Tavon Austin to give us the most dynamic player in the draft to (1) work the slot brilliantly, (2) return kicks and be one of the best in the game at it and (3) occasionally spell Doug Martin and bring some electricity in doing it. I know we won't do this, but alas, it is my dream.
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    Yea, THAT's the kind of value I want from a top 15 pick -someone to play like 15-20 defensive snaps a game on a good day. Jeez, I can normally follow PR's logic, but drafting a 3-technique DT to play NT makes 0 sense to me. We were stout against the run last season, and part of that was due to Roy Miller's play. Even the best pass rushing teams don't get sack numbers from every spot on the line. There are several better options available at that spot, but I like the idea of drafting something other than a CB at that spot and trading back into round 2 to get 2 CBs in that area (although I'm not nuts about Ryan, who I admit I haven't seen much tape on yet, so I should reserve judgement on him). My dream scenario would be trading back in round 1 and grabbing Tavon Austin to give us the most dynamic player in the draft to (1) work the slot brilliantly, (2) return kicks and be one of the best in the game at it and (3) occasionally spell Doug Martin and bring some electricity in doing it. I know we won't do this, but alas, it is my dream.
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    Yea, THAT's the kind of value I want from a top 15 pick - someone to play like 15 defensive snaps a game on a good day. Jeez, I can normally follow PR's logic, but drafting a 3-technique DT to play NT doesn't make much sense to me. We were stout against the run last season, and part of that was due to Roy Miller's play. Even the best pass rushing teams don't get sack numbers from every spot on the line. There are several better options available at that spot, but I like the idea of drafting something other than a CB at that spot and trading back into round 2 to get 2 CBs in that area (although I'm not nuts about Ryan, who I admit I haven't seen much tape on yet, so I should reserve judgement on him). My dream scenario would be trading back in round 1 and grabbing Tavon Austin to give us the most dynamic player in the draft to (1) work the slot brilliantly, (2) return kicks and be one of the best in the game at it and (3) occasionally spell Doug Martin and bring some electricity in doing it. I know we won't do this, but alas, it is my dream.
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    I don't mind the DT position in the 1st round, but I would draft Floyd from UF over Richardson. Also, whatever DT we would take in the 1st round would be able to play all three downs. The whole point of upgrading from Roy Miller is that we need a pass rush on 1st and 2nd down. If we just want someone for nickel and 3rd down we could just keep using Bennett in that role. The rest of this mock draft looks great, except of course E.J. Manuel. He sucks, and like Horse I'm also a FSU fan.
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    Pinkstop, I am right with you.
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    Do you guys even realaize that Dt has the highest bust potential than any other position do the research and find out for yourselves. The Rams drafted 3 DT's so did the Chiefs all in the first round all of them busts the past ten yrs, this is killing me Adam Karriker, Damione Lewis, Ryan Picket, Ryan Sims, Glen Dorsey, soon to be Dontari Poe, Tyson Jackson thats only two teams mentioned.
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    I really like the two corners selected in the second round
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    I think it would be great. But why not get cb Desmond Trufant with pick no#2. Then go after CB Logan Ryan or another CB in Rd-3 or get a OT in Rd-3go after two picks in Rd-4 that could fall. I see too many players that was misses. If Tampa goes after DT Richardson couldn't he drop down a pick ot two. But if Tampa could move down a few slots and pick up that DT John Jenkins or DE Alex Okafor with Tampa 1st rd pick if they slotted down and picvk up another 2nd Rd pick GO Bucs.
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    JonnyG: I missed it. What did you say that got your comment nuked? Your stuff is usually so eloquent. My only opinion on the Draft is to not force a pick to take a specific position when a much better player is available. We all are savvy enough to realize that CB is by far the weakest area on the team. But that doesn't mean Dominik should reach for one at # 13 if the player doesn't warrant it. The team has been pretty successful in the past drafting CB's in the 2nd and 3rd round (except Myron Lewis) so I'm not opposed to waiting to target one or two in those rounds. Our luck with CB's drafted in the 1st round hasn't been too stellar with Talib and Rod "Toast" Jones. Draft a player at # 13 who makes an impact to greatly improve the team on either side of the ball and I'll be happy.
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    I like it. I think if we can sign a good CB in free agency, or even two....then we don't necessarily need to draft two CBs though. Perhaps instead of Trufant we take a TE like Gavin Escobar? And Zac Stacy is alright, but most of his runs involved a lot of trickery and option stuff that opened gigantic running lanes. I'm not sure he translates to the NFL or our offense. Replace his name with Dennis Johnson and I'm sold on this draft.
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    Just for clarification, I don't envision Sheldon Richardson being a 15-20-snap player as a rookie. The line of thinking is that he plays that many snaps at nose tackle next to McCoy on passing downs and then replaces McCoy at the three-technique when he needs a breather. So figure about 40 snaps instead. And yes, Richardson is an all-around defensive tackle who can stuff the run and rush the passer. He led all SEC interior linemen in tackles last year with 75.
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    Dont see the logic. Would be like drafting a WLB in the 1st round, to play alongside LaVonte David on passing downs. We have a Pro Bowl UT. You dont draft a high 1st round pick to be a situational player, IMO, when you have so many holes all over the field. We need starters at 2 CB, S, RT, SLB, TE. Yes depth is very important, but we need to field a starting lineup before we start drafing situational players.
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    Also, I think you draft a player in the 1st round with the hope and a certain expectation that that player will develop into a Pro Bowl player. Would we even be giving Richardson a chance to develop into a Pro Bowl player given the circumstances and situations he would be playing in? Dont have a problem with drafting a DT in the 1st, but I would lean towards a bigger, stronger NT type to pair with McCoy as opposed to spelling McCoy. In passing downs, with all the talent at we have at DE, I would expect Bowers or Bennet to slide inside on passing downs.
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    Don't we already have an inaccurate QB? I like the thought of the DT in the first round if we can get Trufant in the second but if we pass on a DB in the first rouund we MUST add an elite CB in free agency. We can't afford to have too much inexperience in the secondary again. I wouldn't rule out bringing Eric Wright back. Although he had problems in the past was there a better CB on our roster when he was supsended? No. If we go into next season with the CBs on the roster today, excluding Wright, we are asking for trouble. I do like Anthony Gaitor, Johnson has potential and Biggers provides depth. Beyond those three I get very uncomfortable.
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    I would be very happy with this draft. McCoy and Richardson would give the push up the middle so QBs like Brees and Ryan can step up and get sacked by our DEs. Ryan and Trufant give us two solid CBs for the future and I fully expect to see another starting caliber CB signed in Free Agency
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    Scott- I don't agree or like the idea of drafting the 4th to 5th rated corner in this draft to be our #1 corner heading into the season esp with the receivers in our division thats quite a gamble we can't afford to play.
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    If the best option available is Richardson then I see the Bucs trading back to the end of the 1st picking up another 2nd and selecting Trufant whose stock is steadily on the rise and will be a fringe 1st rounder once its all said and done. Poyer from Oregon St and Arthur Brown LB from K-State with the 2 2nds they will have. This way they dont reach for a player they want and then add other pieces that will be able to step in and play from day one.
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    Good start on the mock draft, although its tough at this stage to project anything until the combine results are in. If a high caliber CB is not available at #13, Bucs need to take best available at whatever position that is. Hopefully that can be DE/LB or OT. If not, then trade down for additional 2nd, 3rd, or 4th round picks would be ideal. We have to come away with 2 starting caliber CBs, 1 DE/DT, 1 OT, 1 TE, and 1 QB from this draft.
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    Although I do not think DT is a priority for us I do like Richardson and think we must take best player available. If he is that at #13, which he might, then I wouldn't be upset. I've said it before, you are wasting a pick on Manuel. I can see teams hoping he is Russell Wilson2.0, but he doesn't have the same awareness as Wilson, RG3, or Luck. His vision is lacking and he played his worst in big games. Teams that kept him from running shut FSU's offense down.
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    Agree 100% that DT (nose tackle) should be the first position the Bucs focus on, but don't see Mizzou's Richardson as being the one. NFL.com rates him behind (1) Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State, 6-4/317; (2) Star Lotulelei, Utah, 6-4/325; (3) Jesse Williams, Alabama, 6-4/320. Richardson's got good height (6-4) but I think he's too light (295). Also in that mix should be Georgia's John Jenkins (6-5/359) ... he had a great career at Georgia and seems to be doing well in Senior Bowl practices.
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    i cannot see e.j. manuel. he is too much like freeman completion wise.
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    I cant believe I didnt notice the (2) 2nd rd pcks.Four hours sleep yesterday.Thanks mattym3
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    I love it. I want Richardson and believe in dominating the line of scrimage. Awesome mock
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    The one pick I don't agree with is the trade back into the second round. I can see them trading back but I think and hope that the pick would be the TE out of Florida, Jordan Reed. I watched this kid grow from being an option QB to a very reliable TE. Unfortunately he is mostly remembered for his extra effort fomble against Ga. but he runs solid routes, has pretty soft hands and breakaway speed, runs hard and heavy from the back position, has improved a great deal in blocking and has stated that he desires to be a solid blocker And last but not least, he can pass the football reasonably effectively. He has good ball security even though he coughed that one up in Jax. I'd really love to see this guy in pewter and red as I feel he could contribute immediately. They project him going early in the third, so I say trade up and take him in the late second. As for DB's, Take one in the draft and one in FA. That should hold us till next year when the DB class should be a little stronger. Just my humble opinion. Go Bucs!
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    If they had the #1 rushing D in the league, shouldn't they look at DE, LB, or CB for the first round?They are pretty stout up the middle, they need to bring pressure from the outside and/or cover better so GMC can collapse the middle. GMC made the ProBowl, I say there are bigger positions of need. If CB is a reach, then there should be a good value at other positions.
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    Partially because I am a Mizzou alum I like the first pick. But also, I think he deserves consideration at this spot. The kid is talented. I like the first three picks a lot, but will reserve judgement on QB pick to see what the BUCS do in free agency. RB pick is bad. We need a bigger back to pound the defense.
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    While Miller has a good year, it would make sense that if a Top 10 type of talent is there at 13 you take him, Personally I like the thought of getting the Hopkins kid out of Ohio State, any other interior D-Line that can take away another O-lineman from double teaming GMC would be great. It would almost mean that a O-line has to play "man" against our D-Line, because if you double one person you leave a GMC, Clayborn, Bennett, Bowers one on one, and I like the Bucs Chances in those one on ones...
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    Love this draft, Scott. I'm hoping the Bucs sign a CB in FA allowing the Bucs the freedom not to have to draft a CB in the 1st. The key to this defense is bringing that second pass rushing DT to pair with McCoy to maximize McCoy's potential. They tried it with Price. Then they tried it with the Nigerian guy who had injury issues. It's like when Dungy/McKay drafted Booger when DT wasn't a big need. They wanted to maximize Sapp's impact. If the offense is about #5, then the defense is about #93. Also love the other picks, hitting key needs: CBs (obviously), OT, RB, TE, QB. And, also, love the EJ pick. Very dynamic QB with high potential in the 5th.
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    Agree with the circling wolves. A situational player at number 13? Really? The Bucs can sign an elite free agent CB if they want to. Why not Manti Teo at 13? Foster at Sam, Teo at Mike and David at Will. This could be the Bucs' BEST LB corp ever.At #2 I woiuld take a tight end. Where would the Falcons have been the last several years without Tony Gonzalez? Brady without Gronkowski ( a loss in the conference championship)? Kaepernick without Vernon Davis? These tight ends are game changers. Add them to our current offensive weapons and a healthy line . . . . CB at #3 or free agents DRC or Mike Jenkins (maybe playing in his college stadium and close to home can clear his head).
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    DrT, Vernon Davis has all but dropped out of the 9ers game plan since Kaepernick took over. Only in the last game or so have they started to use him again.
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    Round1: zach ertz Round 2: logan ryan Round 2 (trade): sylvester williams Round 4: ricky wagner. Jus my prediction
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    Trade down and pick up another #2 and maybe a #4 and draft Xavier Rhodes in the 1st and then pick Jordan Poyer with one of the 2nd rd picks
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    Richardson has bust written all over him. If we are going to go DT in the firstI much rather us trade back and get Kawann Short or trade out entirely and wait for Floyd in rd2. As far as tight end goes I think that's where we spend the money in FA. Dustin Keller??
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    Scott, maybe you only saw the FSU vs Clemson game...but EJ Manuel is abysmal. He has no accuracy past 20 yards, his arm is actually quite questionable given how many floaters get out of his release, he has below averagel pocket awareness and when college corners can make plays on the ball consistently that means NFL corners will intercept them. It took Jimbo years to realize it but he finally recognized EJ had met his ceiling and went to a very run heavy offense the last two games after his QB single-handedly cost the team the game against UF. There is no way a scout worth his weight in salt thinks EJ Manuel is a legitimate NFL prospect as a QB. Trust me when I say the team that drafts him (if he is drafted) will be disappointed.
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    Hello Scott Reynolds- I think that some of the East/west players stool out and also a few stool out in this north/south squads this week. I don't understand.Why I don't understand that Tampa should put a pre 2013 list of players that Tampa would like to choose for draft. Then more evualation. I say this why at no#13 they have asure bet list of certain player who would be available in Rd-1 and 2. It would be great to get a standout LB,CB,DE,NT,WR OL &TE. and make a list of 3 players that tampa needs by eaCH position.That would mean21 players to choose from Example Phase 1 2 3 4 5. And just select the solid bet no chances on the first 4 rds. I've been following the draft for the past 35 years. And I have hit the pick by needs each of last ten years. But some of the draft experts are not even close. Why can't they go after the players that will fit the team needs-Go Bucs
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    Scott, my draft logic assumes that we get at least 1 experienced CB in FA or we’re going to have to wait a year to for a starting rookie to gain experience (see Morris Claiborne). If Dee Milliner is there at #13, we take him. If not and Sheldon Richardson is there we take him. If Richardson is not there, we trade down to say #20 and take BPA, Shariff Floyd, Xavier Rhodes, Ken Vaccaro, or the best TE, Eifert of Ertz. I agree we take Logan Ryan or David Amerson in the 2nd. The back-to-back Trufant pick is unnecessary and to move up for him is frankly over-valued. Ricky Wagner will not be there in the 4th. I suggest we take Brennan Williams or Ricky Wagner for ROT in the 3rd. If by chance OLB Arthur Brown or Khaseem Greene is still around in the 3rd round, then Xavier Nixon becomes an option for ROT in the 4th. See my next post on drafting a QB in the 4th round.
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    Scott, my thoughts on selecting E.J. Manuel in the 4th round – I wouldn’t do it. Nor would I select another QB in the mid or late rounds. First, I don’t subscribe to the idea that Freeman is holding back and with a little nudge or a mild threat, he will play better. Nor do I believe you should draft anyone that you don’t envision as a starter. If they’re really serious about this, then do something bold that may have a reasonable chance of working. With the advent of and seemingly success of the pistol and read option in the NFL, Chip Kelly will be bringing his Wild West show to the NFL and will need a mobile QB to run it. Nick Foles is not that guy. If I can get into Chip’s head for a minute he would be wise to keep Vick for one year, bring in Dennis Dixon, Darron Thomas from the CFL and maybe even Josh Johnson – all QBs that he is familiar with and possess the skill set to operate his offense. Then pull a Redskin/RGIII move and go all out to get Johnny Manziel in 2014. I would try to work out a deal to trade LeGarette Blount and a 4th round pick for Nick Foles who the Eagles picked in the 3rd round in 2012. If Kelly could pick up Kenyon Barner in the draft, he would have his old offense back together and the Bucs would have a QB that could provide immediate and legitimate backup for Freeman and could possibly develop into a starter should Freeman choose to walk in 2013 or not work out this upcoming season. Given the opportunity, even I could sell this to Kelly! And E.J. Manuel needs to be backup to Cam Newton – players cut from a similar mold and I could only wish him on a division enemy.
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    this mock, while effort and guts aret in question, I can not agree with much of this mock draft. Lets start at the top.... 1st rd: So we aren't going to resign Roy miller to a modest contract, after he heavily contributed to the #1 ranked rush defense? Highly unlikely. We already have a lot of high draft picks and funds invested in the d-line. we just need them all healthy. Dom has said that he envisioned having Bennett, Bowers, McCoy and Clayborn on the field on passing downs. The only way a defensive tackle like this would see the field is on obvious passing downs in split duty, hardly worth a first or 2nd rd pick. 2nd rd: I felt this pick was convenient and quick. There are way too many versatile corners better than ryan, including Trufant. Trufant seems like a safe pick, just remember, whoever this #2 guy is will be targeted as the Bucs are likely to acquire a CB in free agency. idk if tampa drafts 2 corners. Biggers, LJ and Gaitor will all likely return for 2013. Biggers graded out pretty well, but isnt a starter. You already likely have your 3#, #4, and #5 corners. 4th rd: How many offensive line men has Dom drafted as a GM? lol Anybody who does their hwk knows Dom doesn't believe in drafting offensive linemen as it takes them years to develop (see every undrafted or FA linemen on our roster. I liked the idea, just goes against Dom's history. I think we will see Dotson continue to improve. Depth is good on the right with Meredith. Wynn might do the same on the left for Penn and Nicks. and Larsen seems to do okay when at center. 5th rd: Even you guys said this wasn't even close. This was embarrassing as a pick. Even my FSU buddies who are die hard bucs fans think this is dumb. lol 6th rd: Can he run block, bc if he cant it really doesn't make sense. We got a guy in blount who can run but can't block. DJ ware again? uhhh maybe mike smith gets off the practice squad...lol..k 7th rd: Another Rutgers guy? Do we draft a TE in the 7th every year? So he would compete with Noble, and Drunksmore already to be our # 3 and bounce someone likely off the practice squad??? lol juk this is wasted guess too... If this is what Im paying for, I can go stick my head in the dirt too and throw up some black stuff on a piece of paper too...
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    HORRIBLE. ROUND ONE Ezekiel Ansah if dee milliner is off the board, ROUND TWO Xavier Rhodes Round 3 joseph fauria round 4 stedmon Bailey round ledevion bell FREE AGENCY Dr CROMARTIE AND MICHAEL Bennett.
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    I like your logic of, if Miliner is off the board go DT. I think Jonathan Hankins, Jesse Williams or John Jenkins would be a better fits because they are so massive and physical, that it would free up Gerald McCoy more. I was watching Seattle, SF and Baltimore in the playoffs and they have huge defensive linemen. They run 3-4 defenses and their LBs are tweeners and tremendously nasty. We could probably trade down and get those guys too. Everyone has us taking Banks out of Miss State. We could trade down and do that. There is a lot of talent at CB that can be drafted in the mid rounds as well. Trufant is going to be very good at the next level. Logan Ryan is as good or better than Banks imo. He is certainly more disciplined. I think when it's all said and done this is going to be a much deeper draft than has been predicted. 73 underclassmen coming out early plays a huge part in moving this draft up. Franklin, Gillislee and Taylor all looked good at RB and should be mid round picks. We could use a good slot receiver too. I like Ryan Swope and Stedman Bailey there. We may not be able to afford the luxury of a 3rd or 4th round pick for a slot receiver because of all the holes we have to fill on defense. The guy I really like is OT Eric Fisher out of Central Michigan. He could start at RT this September and move over to LT down the road when Penn is winding down.
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    You know Scott. If the Bucs draft went that way I'd be absolutely fine with it. Defense needs help and the OL has to have quality depth. That was exposed after losing Joseph and Nicks.
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