I am as die-hard a Tampa Bay Buc fan as they come, but by no means am I a homer. Tampa did not get Jay Cutler or Albert Haynesworth, and I just don't see this team competing next season. Tampa is relying on Ryan Sims, Dre Moore and Greg Peterson at defensive tackle. Hey, I will believe production when I see it. Ronde Barber as a starting corner is not a good thing either.
The bottom line is Mark Dominik has been ridiculously cheap this offseason. With a huge hole at corner, he should have made a bigger play for Bryant McFadden. I love trading for Kellen Winslow Jr., franchising Antonio Bryant and bringing in Derrick Ward, but this defensive line is not good enough to win in the NFC South.
Let's get to their draft range at No. 19:
Josh Freeman: Tampa needs a face for the organization. Unfortunately, I just don't see Freeman being on the board for the Bucs at 19. The Redskins are looking to make a trade for Mark Sanchez, which means Freeman will be left for San Francisco and the New York Jets. Don't bet on this going down.
Vontae Davis/Darius Butler: Davis and Butler fits Tampa's press man scheme that new defensive coordinator Jim Bates will run. Aqib Talib can be a No. 1 corner in the NFL, but Barber has no future and should be the nickel back (at best).
Ron Brace/Evander Hood: We have seen reaches made in the draft before. Maybe Tampa trades down out of this pick, but Brace and Hood have the size to be solid in this defense. Remember, Tampa will now be favoring bulk and run-stopping ability over speed and quickness like they used to with Monte Kiffin.
Defensive End: Gaines Adams can't do it all by himself. PewterReport.com believes Michael Johnson is the favorite to go to Tampa at No. 19. Also in play could be Everette Brown andLarry English.
After the first round, Tampa has several needs to address.
If they hypothetically pick up a second-round pick via trade, then Brace and Hood could definitely be much in play for Tampa. I also like Alphonso Smith and D.J. Moore as second-round targets. Paul Kruger and Lawrence Sidbury could be second-round picks by the Bucs.
If a need still exists at defensive tackle, Kentucky's Myron Pryor and Clemson's Dorrell Scott would be good fits for this defense according to PewterReport.com. They can be had in the fourth-to-sixth rounds.
I love cornerback Mark Parson for this defense. He has great agility and break on the ball, not to mention he plays well against the run. Jairus Byrd has versatility at safety and some of the best ball skills in the 2009 NFL Draft.
It is looking more and more like Freeman will not be on the board for Tampa at 19. My question is, how much longer can Tampa go without a young and talented franchise quarterback?
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