With The Nineteenth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select...
Here are the picks so far:
1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
15. Houston Texans - Clay Matthews, LB, USC
16. San Diego Chargers - Rey Maualuga, LB, USC
17. New York Jets - Mark Sanchez, QB, USC
18. Denver Broncos - Brian Cushing, LB, USC
Despite the common consensus, Both Quarterback and Linebacker are NOT on top of the Needs list for the new Buccaneer regime led by rookie Head Coach Raheem Morris. With the pick up of Byron Leftwich, the Bucs are showing they do not intend to use a top 20 draft pick on a QB, when they are already high on Luke McCown who has terrific upside with his strong accurate arm, and mobility. Many on the team acknowledge Luke is the most athletic Buccaneer on the team. The problem is he lacks in experience, and the experts dont like a question mark at quarterback. At linebacker, where the Bucs released uber popular team icon and future Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks as well as the opposite side linebacker Cato June, the experts feel this is a big hole too. Trouble is, they are just not as familiar with their backups, young and hungry group of guys who are anxious for mini camps to start so they can show their stuff. Young guys like Quincy Black and Geno Hayes, are the waiting in the wings versions of those famous Tampa Linebackers that trace their lineage to Hardy Nickerson and back to Richard Wood and Huge Green. No instead, the Bucs are going to spend their attention, not to mention their first pick, on Defensive line help, something they have sorely missed since the letting go of Warren Sapp.
Narrowing down the search for the number 19 pick, the Bucs want to look into beefing up the weakest part of their defense, the Defensive Line. Players like Jovan Haye and Booger McFarlane were cast into the role of replacing ole no. 99, but failed. Gaines Adams was brought in to replace Simeon Rice, but the Bucs soon found out there was no replacing those two. Well the 2009 Draft is here, and there are a few players that may do the job..
If the Bucs choose to go DT, then they need not look any further than the alma mater of current Bucs tackle Chris Hovan, Boston College Eagle Ron Brace. Ron is a monster run stuffer at 330 pounds, and he would fit well in new Defensive Coordinator Jim Bate's style of big tackles and pressure from the outside and others. However, the Bucs just resigned big DT Ryan Simms, so they are more apt to look for a rushing mate for Gaines Adams. Coming from the other side, Defensive end Michael Johnson out of Georgia Tech would fill the bill just fine!
Why Did the Bucs Pick M. Johnson/DE/Georgia Tech?
The biggest knock against Johnson is his propensity for taking a few plays off now and then. Well, that won't happen under OLD Bucs Defensive captains like Barrett Rudd and Ronde Barber. Hard work and avoidance of loafing will continue without skipping a beat for the Bucs going from Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin to the new Bates. What he does bring to the table is the knack for making plays. In only his one year playing, he notched 19 sacks! He also got 10 forced fumbles out of the opposing teams he faced, and even returned a pick for a touchdown. Unlike Adams, Johnson has a chiseled frame like Simeon Rice did. With those two coming off the opposite ends, the Bucs are hoping they will beat the paltry 29 sacks they collected last year.