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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed their quarterback of the future, Josh Freeman, in last year's draft. That's fortunate for them as they use their first-round pick in 2010 to focus on the defensive side of the ball with, an area of need for the Bucs.
There are two options here that are unlikely to happen. The first would be to trade down -- Tampa would probably look into that idea if both of the coveted defensive tackles, Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy, are off the board, which is not the case here. However, with Sam Bradford's name mentioned to St. Louis, the Bucs will get the chance to take one of the best two defensive lineman in the draft. If the Buccaneers were to trade down, they'd likely target a team with a draft spot nearby the area where wide receiver Dez Bryant was expected to go.
Speaking of Bryant, the second option that's gaining speed in buzz markets lately is having the Buccaneers take Bryant with the third pick. There is almost no way this will happen. The only way Tampa picks up Bryant is with a trade down, especially with Bradford expected to go No. 1.
Tampa is in dire need of both main pieces of a defensive line -- a run-stuffer in the middle and an edge rusher on the outside. With Suh headed to Detroit, the other option for the interior lineman is McCoy. If the Bucs chose to go with an outside rusher, Jason Pierre-Paul seems the obvious choice. There is, however, another option on the defensive side of the ball. The field general, Tennessee's Eric Berry, is considered one of best players in the draft. His name has to be considered.
Which player will Tampa Bay select?
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Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma: Not only does McCoy solve the problem of Tampa's inability to stop the run, but he's also the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in this draft. It would be difficult for the Bucs to pass on this potential Pro-Bowl lineman.
Eric Berry, S, Tennessee: Versatile, athletic and smart are all attributes used to describe Berry. He could take over this defense, almost from day one, and provide coverage and tackling skills that are much needed by Tampa Bay. Berry is the best player at his position, by far, and has as much upside as anyone in the top half of the draft.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF: Pierre-Paul has the size and strength to battle on the line with anyone, at any level, right now. His speed to the quarterback is uncanny and his upside is almost unchartable. This is a bit of a reach at No.3, but the option is there if Tampa chooses to go with a defensive end.
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State: Another of Tampa's needs is at wide receiver, and what better way to make your relatively new franchise quarterback happy than by grabbing him a receiver -- the best in the draft, at that -- to target.
Joe Haden, CB, Florida - Tampa is in an interesting spot here as four of the five options they have to choose from are the best players at there respective positions. Haden is far and away the best corner in the draft. And while Tampa's need at cornerback is only secondary, it's hard not to look at this fantastic cover specialist -- especially since he's well known in the state of Florida.
The updated draft board:
|1.||St. Louis Rams||Sam Bradford||QB||Oklahoma|
|2.||Detroit Lions||Ndamukong Suh||DT||Nebraska|
|3.||Tampa Bay Bucs|