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What Will The Bucs Do at Number 3 by Kevin R. Albaum

As the 2010 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching, the Bucs are trying to hide their draft plans but it is becoming more and more obvious as to which positions they will be addressing with their first few selections. The Buccaneers hold 5 of the first 101 overall selections (3, 35, 42, 68, and 101). The St. Louis Rams decision to cut veteran QB Marc Bulger shortly after meeting with Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford has to lead us to believe that Bradford will become the first overall selection. A smaller move was made under the radar which hints at Detroit’s probable selection second overall. The Lions have traded for left guard Rob Sims from the Seattle Seahawks. That means that left tackle Jeff Backus will probably stay put at left tackle for at least the upcoming season. So barring a trade down, it is unlikely the Lions will address offensive line this early in the draft. The Sims acquisition frees the lions to take a talented DT at the number two spot in the draft, either Oklahoma’s Gerald McCoy or Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh. So it is looking like a near lock that Bradford and one of the two defensive tackles will be gone when the Buccaneers select at the three spot. Therefore, it is anticipated that the Buccaneers will take whichever of the two defensive tackles is still available. Now that was the easy part, the harder part is trying to figure out what the Bucs will do in the Second, Third, and Fourth rounds. I will give an inside look and include a list of the most likely players to be selected by the Buccaneers in these rounds in my column next week.