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"Buccaneers 2010 Draft". By Scott Puffer



With the stench of the Buccaneer's 3-13 season squarely in the rear view mirror,the team is preparing to stop to re-fuel. The next stop is this years NFL Draft in April where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have five out of the top ninety-nine picks to fill some of their many needs.

This years Draft is supposed to be the deepest in many years because of more juniors leaving early in order to beat the impending lock-out or "work stoppage" in 2011. The discussion of a rookie salary cap also has underclassmen scrambling to declare for the Draft. With Tampa Bay having so many prime picks they can't afford to miss as in years past i.e.taking Gaines Adams at number four, and moving up to get(bust) Dexter Jackson.

Buccaneer's GM Mark Dominik came out this past week and said that the Buc's would be spending "little to no money in free agency", and instead be building "through the Draft".I agree that you need to build a team with the Draft, but you also need veterans and leaders and after cutting Derrick Brooks they had NO leaders! I think that the Buccaneers need to address the following positions in this years Draft:

Safety- Tampa Bay spent most of the season trying to hide safety Sabby Piscitelli in coverage. One Possible answer is taking Tennessee's Eric Berry with the third overall pick.Berry is a play maker and he can be the leader of a defense right away.

Defensive Tackle- Buc's desperately need a pass rusher and their current DT's are under-sized. Most likely DT Ndamukong Suh from Nebraska will be gone,so I like DT Gerald McCoy from Oklahoma . McCoy is a beast in the middle and he can play both the pass and the run. He is definitely a top 5 Draft Prospect and I think he can impact the team immediately.

Wide receiver- With WR Antonio Bryant all but gone and Michael Clayton and his 16 catches (as a #2 WR) pondering skipping town,the Buc's need to address the Wide-out position. If they are going to take a WR early Dez Bryant WR from Oklahoma State is my choice.

The Buccaneers actually need one more good player on the OL and three WR's on the offensive side of the ball,but their main problem is on defense. Tampa Bay averaged giving up 160yds per game rushing,and gave up nine pass plays of 40 yards or more in 2009. Although the team's 3-13 record was less than stellar,they showed signs of promise and "buying into" coach Morris and his system. They did win two out of their last three games (both road games),and came from behind to beat the New Orleans Saints who are in this years Superbowl!