NFL draft watch: Bucs covering corner woes?

NFL draft watch: Bucs covering corner woes?
April 21, 2012, 5:03 pm
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No doubt when it comes to the Redskins this season, NFL mock drafts are drama-free. For Washingtons 2012 opponents, now thats another story. Therefore, leading up to the first round on April 26, we will look at the needs and the projected selections from the pundit class for those on the Redskins upcoming schedule. Next team under the microscope, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ownersof the fifth pick. See the bottom of the page for a list of teams previously featured.Schedule: Week 4, atRaymond James Stadium,4:15 p.m. (also meet in final game of the pre-season)Needs: Cornerback, running back, safety, inside linebackerTwo ofboldest non-quarterback moves during free agencycamefrom theaggressive Bucs, signing high-profile targetswide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Carl Nicks. With their pass catching dynamic and offensive line upgraded, the decision at five seemingly comes down to whether the top running back (Alabama's Trent Richardson) or corner (LSU's Morris Claiborne) is left on the board. New coach Greg Schiano's brand of football lends itself to powerrunning and incumbent LeGarrette Blount is not an every down option. However,the Bucs defense ranked 30th last season and they constantly are dealing with off the field news generated by corner Aqib Talib. At the least the Bucs could use another cover man or at least cover themselves should Talib's issues continue. Options at both positions should be readily available in round two as well..Charley Casserly, NFL.com:Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. "Do they trade up to take Richardson?"Evan Silva, Pro Football Talk:Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. "Bucs coachGreg Schiano wants to get more physical in the trenches."Rob Rang, CBSSports: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: "New head coach Greg Schiano will attempt to emulate the same strategy that two other former college coaches, Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh, made when adjusting to the NFL - he'll stick to the physical brand of football that helped put Rutgers football onto the BCS map. Schiano could gamble that LeGarrette Blount returns to the level of success he had as a rookie or take the safer route with Richardson, widely regarded as the elite running back prospect since Adrian Peterson."Notes...My latest mock draft has Richardson going to the Browns at four, leaving Clairborne for the Bucs...Though dad last in the NFL last season against the run, they have some nice options on the defensive line and there is no linebacker worthy of a top 5 pick...In the second round, Casserly has the Bucs taking the third running back (after Richsardson and Boise State's Doug Martin) in Virginia Tech's David Wilson...Should they pass on Claiborne in the first, North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins could be around early in the second round, but his history of arrests could scare the Bucs off after dealing with Talib. Previous Redskins 2012 opponent recapsBaltimore Ravens Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers Atlanta Falcons Carolina PanthersBen Standigblogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C. area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter @BenStandig