Scouting the enemy : Tampa Bay

Despite 10 victories the Bucs didn't get into the postseason. Tampa Bay finished third in the NFC South behind Atlanta and New Orleans last season. To leap them, the Bucs have to improve their pass rush, led by Stylez White's 4.5 sacks last season.

Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik had a stellar draft last year, getting four rookie starters, while Coach Raheem Morris has instilled a cocky attitude.

Freeman established himself as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, although he did it in relative obscurity compared to some of the other young passers. Freeman threw 25 touchdown passes and six interceptions.  The move to claim LeGarrette Blount off waivers from the Titans paid off big. He led all rookies in rushing. Rookie WR Mike Williams was a 16-game starter who will only get better, while WRs Arrelious Benn, and Dezmon Briscoe also were rookies in 2010.

The DTs have promise. Gerald McCoy, last year's first-round pick, and Brian Price, the team's second-round pick form a nice 1-2 punch inside. However DE appears to be the Bucs top priority.


The question is, who do we least want Tampa to select with the 20th pick in the 2011 NFL draft?

Translation, who SHOULD they draft, in order to catch up to the Saints, and Falcons?

 Draft possibilities: Bucs

Ryan KerriganDE, Purdue: He might not be there when the Bucs pick in the first round, but he would be a perfect fit. His relentless style would fit nicely on their line. 

Aldon SmithDE, Missouri: Like Kerrigan, the Bucs might have to hope he falls to them. 

Brandon HarrisCB, Miami: Ronde Barber's age and the Aqib Talib's legal situation could force an early pick on a corner. 

Aaron WilliamsCB/S, Texas: He played corner at Texas and with his size would be a fit in the Tampa scheme. He could also move inside to safety.

Jabaal SheardDE, Pittsburgh: He is a pass rusher whose stock is on the rise. He should be available in the first round when the Bucs pick.

Justin Houston, DE, Georgia: It may kill both Falcons and Bulldog fans to see the pass-rusher come back to Georgia and sack Matt Ryan.

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa:

Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado:

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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