FanIQ Interactive Mock NFL Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With The Nineteenth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select...

4/21/09 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

With the NFL Draft coming on April 25, we're putting together a Mock Draft for the first round of the draft, featuring a combination of FanIQ Featured Writers, as well as some great NFL team bloggers from around the internet. Today, we'll feature picks from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. Every day until Friday, April 24, we will post more picks, with recaps of why each player was chosen, with some other analysis. Making the next pick is Nick, from Buc 'Em.

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.
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9/28/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

(Edited by MarkTheShark)

That dude Jackson is a complete joke.  AS I KNEW. I went to training camp and that buster is in civvies with a towel over his head. He fooled one group in the nFL: the Bucs ....and he intends to live off that $450,000 for the rest of his life...lol

4/25/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

jsharatchandra wrote:
Dont you guys think a change in coaching staff can change that kind of attitude. Gruden had the knack of picking busts every year, but DJ's speed is 4 real, I am quite sure Jeff Jagodzinski will make use of his speed unlike Gruden. I read a comment today on ESPN.com, an expert was saying that Jackson's scenario might be similar to that of Robert Meachem and Dwayne Jarrett, slowly but surely Jackson will emerge.

Think about the guys you just named: Jarrett=LOST..Meachem has a GREAT QB!..the Buccaneers don't. Jackson won't make it out of training camp..chalk it up to Gruden over-thinking..AGAIN.

4/22/09   |     |   9 respect

jsharatchandra wrote:
Dont you guys think a change in coaching staff can change that kind of attitude. Gruden had the knack of picking busts every year, but DJ's speed is 4 real, I am quite sure Jeff Jagodzinski will make use of his speed unlike Gruden. I read a comment today on ESPN.com, an expert was saying that Jackson's scenario might be similar to that of Robert Meachem and Dwayne Jarrett, slowly but surely Jackson will emerge.

 you can't teach or develop HEART. i've seen enough of him "slipping down and falling" to know he's a puss and all the speed in the world does no good if you're afraid to use it.

4/22/09   |   jsharatchandra

Dont you guys think a change in coaching staff can change that kind of attitude. Gruden had the knack of picking busts every year, but DJ's speed is 4 real, I am quite sure Jeff Jagodzinski will make use of his speed unlike Gruden. I read a comment today on ESPN.com, an expert was saying that Jackson's scenario might be similar to that of Robert Meachem and Dwayne Jarrett, slowly but surely Jackson will emerge.

4/21/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

wrote:
yeah its kinda hard to be good at football when your afraid of being tackled.

As Kenny Mayne says, "It's almost time for tackle football again."

4/21/09   |     |   9 respect

MarkTheShark wrote:
I think Jackson is a bust..but I agree with the gist of your comment.

yeah its kinda hard to be good at football when your afraid of being tackled.

4/21/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

jsharatchandra wrote:
lets not forget dexter jackson. he has the speed and the moves, his route running is what to be improved. since bucs have gotten rid of west coast and may have a legit ground attack, I see DJ to play a big role this season. gruden was never man enough to take chances with youth, raheem has shown that confidence in our youth by getting rid of older ones. we don't need any more additions on offense, we are far better on that side, lets bolster our defense, our guys have lacked that swagger since sapp and lynch left.

I think Jackson is a bust..but I agree with the gist of your comment.

4/21/09   |   jsharatchandra

(Edited by jsharatchandra)

lets not forget dexter jackson. he has the speed and the moves, his route running is what to be improved. since bucs have gotten rid of west coast and may have a legit ground attack, I see DJ to play a big role this season. gruden was never man enough to take chances with youth, raheem has shown that confidence in our youth by getting rid of older ones. we don't need any more additions on offense, we are far better on that side, lets bolster our defense, our guys have lacked that swagger since sapp and lynch left.

4/21/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

Good write-up, I've seen this as the Bucs selection from a few in-the-know media types here. I wouldn't mind Johnson....but if Harvin is there..man I just think you can't pass him up

4/21/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

ji_player_5 wrote:
this would be a good pick but we still have no one to throw the ball to our receivers or our new rb but with all the stupid ass releases like DERRICK BROOKS stupid

Maybe you should say how you REALLY FEEL.

4/21/09   |   jsharatchandra

I don't think LB is a necessity, but a CB is a huge possibility. Buchanon was at the best average, but still he's gone. Ronde is not getting any younger, he can be a good nickelback at his best, Jermaine is now a LB, so his underrated pass coverage skills are not to be expected right away from Sabby Piscitelli. My point is Bucs' defense has a huge hole in secondary, they need a CB again in round 1 more than anything.
As far as LBs, Barrett Ruud is a stud, Phillips may do great and don't forget Angelo Crowell, when healthy, he is a monster.

4/21/09   |   jsharatchandra

Bucs need to go defense in the 1st and 3rd rounds at least. Peria Jerry is a good pass rushing DT, but there are some questions about his run stopping abilities. He has the same build as that of Jovan Haye and Chris Hovan, I really do not think he would be a great addition. Bucs need to get some one big, a guy who could play NT if he was in 3-4 defensive scheme. As far as pass rush is concerned Jim Bates calls for blitzes from LBs and DBs a lot, so I think first priority is a run stopping DT.

4/21/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

This is a good choice and a good spot for him.  With Gruden gone, I guess the Bucs won't draft (another) QB, and they need to concentrate on rebuilding that defense that made them what they were for the first half of this decade.  Otherwise, expect them to take a LB to be paired with Ruud.

4/21/09   |   Keeter   |   92 respect

I think this would be a smart choice..........

4/21/09   |   ji_player_5

this would be a good pick but we still have no one to throw the ball to our receivers or our new rb but with all the stupid ass releases like DERRICK BROOKS stupid

4/21/09   |   sbush

I'm sorry for him....

4/21/09   |   brucek863   |   50 respect

This wouldn't be too bad of a pic but I'm pulling for Peria Jerry

4/21/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

A good value pick for the team that has damn near everything  nothing.