Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 NFL Mock Draft (7 Rounds)

With the 2012 NFL Draft only days away and the Buccaneers free agency spree slowed, a better picture of where the team stands has formed. Here is an in depth look at how things may play out.

ROUND 1 Pick #5

MORRIS CLAIBORNE, CB LSU

(5’11″, 188 lbs./ 4.47-40 yd. dash)

Where the Bucs will go with their first pick has been a polarizing debate for weeks. It all boils down to team Richardson vs. team Claiborne. While either player is going to improve this team, the decision will most likely be made for the Bucs. Cleveland is either going to trade out of the four spot or stand pat and select Richardson. As I’ve repeated numerous times, they are not going to select Claiborne. They already have the 2nd ranked secondary in the NFL and don’t need any more talent at the one position they are strong. That leaves Richardson or Blackmon as the two top candidates. Though Blackmon is a potential pick, Richardson fits their biggest need and can make an immediate impact. Unlike Blackmon, Richardson’s success won’t be contingent upon Colt McCoy. That leaves Claiborne as the perfect fit for the Bucs, reuniting with his former coach Ron Cooper. Possibly most important is that by selecting Claiborne, Ronde Barber moving to safety becomes a reality. It takes the uncertain future of Aqib Talib out of the equation, and ensures that Barber can focus on his new job. With Alfonzo Dennard getting arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer this week and the rumors of Janoris Jenkins character issues, the gap between Claiborne and the rest is wider than the Grand Canyon. Unless Mike Holmgren has lost his marbles and passes on Richardson, Claiborne should be the best available.

 

ROUND 2, Pick #36

LAMAR MILLER, RB MIAMI

(5’11″, 212 lbs./ 4.38-40 yard dash)

Previously, I had the Bucs moving on the best linebacker available. After some re-evaluation, the Bucs are even worse off at the running back position in terms of depth than they are at linebacker. By selecting a running back here, the Bucs ensure they have a back-up plan should Legarrette Blount fail to perform and if he should fall to injury. They also add to their backfield a change of pace guy with the potential to carry the load. While there are critics on his ability as a 3rd down back, the Bucs goal is “Power Run” and not dynamics. There are better rated backs in Doug Martin and David Wilson, but each saw their stock jump due to good combine performances, especially receiving. Martin may not even make it out of the first round. Lamar Miller was still faster than both backs and at 5-11, has the bigger frame. In terms of a power run game which is not looking to use their backs as receivers, Miller fits the bill. We know the Bucs have said to expect a scheme somewhat similar to Mike Sullivan’s time with the New York Giants. Between Jacobs and Bradshaw, they totaled only 49 receptions. The only time the Giants employed a heavy pass game to their backs, it was because they were losing. The belief the Bucs are looking for a pass catcher out of the backfield could be over stated. Being a former Miami alumni won’t hurt Lamar Miller either. Butch Davis was one of a handful of coaches at Miami’s pro day and will have the inside scoop on Miller. If he believes Miller is the pick, Schiano will buy in and both will push Dominik to select him.

Why not OLB or ILB? After the Bucs first 3 day mini camp, we saw Mason Foster move to OLB, Quincy Black at MLB and Adam Hayward at ILB. Hayward is a savvy veteran who we really have not seen enough of to gauge his full potential. Though the likes of Mychal Kendricks, Lavonte David and Zach Brown are sexier, in the “4-3 Dallas” type of defense I believe the Bucs will run, linebacker really is the unit least prized. The emphasis falls on the front four, corners and safety.

 

ROUND 3, Pick 68

TANK CARDER, ILB TCU

(6’2″, 236 lbs./ 4.56-40 yard dash)

Carder worked out at both middle and outside linebacker for scouts at his pro day. Carder is widely believed to be a solid fit at MLB if he adds to his frame. He has excellent fundamentals and could thrive in the right situation. The move would also allow Foster and Black to play their natural positions. Carder was the Mountain West conference defensive player of the year the last two seasons. He is considered among the most underrated linebackers in the draft and could provide great value in the third round. At worst, Carder serves as a reserve with big upside. At best, he lives up to his third round billing or surpasses it. The third round has bigger drops at the corner and running back positions, which is why the shift in focus on drafting them early. After stellar pro day and combine showings, Carder is on par with many of the linebackers the Bucs would have considered in the second round.

 

ROUND 5, Pick #140

AARON HENRY, FS WISCONSIN

(6’0″, 205 lbs./ 4.50-40 yard dash)

Even with Barber potentially at SS, there are plenty of long term questions at both safety positions. Barber is no guarantee to be around in 2013. Cody Grimm and Corey Lynch have each shown flashes of promise, but injury and lack of consistency give cause for concern. The Bucs recent signing of Rutgers alumni Ron Girault could be a long term answer at strong safety, but the free safety position needs attention as well. Aaron Henry is still pretty raw, but he does have a combination of ball hawking skills and run stopping prowess.

 

ROUND 6, Pick #174

JOSH OGLESBY, OT WISCONSIN

(6’7″, 338 lbs.)

There is a reason the Bucs brought Bob Bostad to Tampa. He was possibly the best offensive line coach when it came to the power running game. In Oglesby, he has not only a player he knows well, but a beast of a kid. At 6’7″ and 338 lbs. Oglesby is at the top in terms of stature. Like Aaron Henry, he would have time to work behind Trueblood and earn his stripes. You can’t teach size and with one of the best coaches at the position, Oglesby has the unique advantage of working with the same coach since 2009. That would make the transition time much quicker and productive than the typical player drafted this late.

ROUND 7, Pick #212

JACQUIES SMITH, DE MISSOURI

(6’3″, 253 lbs./ 4.75-40 yard dash)

Smith was expected to be a possible mid round selection in 2012, but injury and a reportedly bad combine had him drop off the radar. The Bucs need some warm bodies behind the big three defensive ends. He is a bit undersized, but displays some speed and agility. Smith will be a project, but one with potential.

 

 

Adrian Mojica

Writer for What The Buc? and contributor for Rant Sports. A Tampa native currently in Los Angeles, I have worked in the entertainment industry as a small time actor and writer. Attended my first Bucs game at the "Old Sombrero" and was a fan before they were even close to competitive. Found fulfillment in covering Bucs football, which tells you I have issues. Find me on Twitter @FFFDaily

More Posts

17 Responses to “Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2012 NFL Mock Draft (7 Rounds)”

  1. Dam You, you were supposed to keep quiet about Josh Ogelsby coming to Tampa.
    He is truly a beast of a Man, with the size to be another Tony Boselli !

  2. Adrian Mojica says:

    Yeah, I held out on him for a while. Could be a gem.

  3. Matt says:

    This draft class wouldn’t be bad, but would Miller be better suited on a team running a ZBS as he’s more of a one-cut and go RB?

    I would like Miller only if Martin and Wilson aren’t available.

  4. Adrian Mojica says:

    I don’t think Martin makes it past Detroit in the 1st. I am not high on Wilson. Watching games, he had just as many bone headed mistakes as he did highlights. Tries too hard at times. Miller is the best speed/power/size guy. If Martin available, we should take him, but I don’t see him dropping.

  5. Capt_Rino says:

    Oglesby had a very disappointing Combine. He ran very slowly and had a low bench press total for what was supposed to be a power right tackle.

    He has great size, but he’s slower and weaker then Trueblood or Detmer Dotson.

  6. Capt_Rino says:

    Lamar Miller’s stock has fallen also after the combine as he did terrible in the pass receiving drills.

    I like David Wilson at the RB position as he did better at the pass recieing drills then any RB and he is a good blocker.

    In a better scenario I would love to see then grab Ryan Grant from the Packers.

  7. Capt_Rino says:

    At the LB position I love Bobby Wagner from Utah State as they played a very tough scedule th past few years and he was a star.

    Great speed running a 4.5 and strength and he is a tackling machine with 138 and 152 the past two years and he lead the nation last year with like 15 tackles behind the LOS.

  8. Capt_Rino says:

    Henry would be a good pick in the 5th round, but I really like the safety from Kentucky Winston Guy.

    I know I am an SEC homer, but in my opinion Guy is a sleeper as he had 112 tackles for the Wildcats in a tough SEC and he had 10 tackles for loss and 4 Int’s.

    He’s very very tough against the run and is a great tackler and a good cover guy too.

  9. Adrian Mojica says:

    Capt. I don’t buy into the whole low bench press, speed thing. OT doesn’t need to blaze and could have been a bad strength day. We all have em, the pressure to perform affects guys. His size can be molded. Especially with the same coach.

    Wagner is interesting. Like him, but like Tank better.

    I don’t like receiving specialists at rb.

  10. Adrian Mojica says:

    I don’t see us drafting a safety. Girault is the real deal IMO. That plus Ronde fixes the situation short term. Next season we can go high on a safety. But the player you bring up is good. I think too many other needs to waste picks on safety.

  11. Capt_Rino says:

    Why do you have a safety in your Mock then????

  12. Adrian Mojica says:

    Sorry, I meant that high. Was talking in terms of high picks.

  13. Capt_Rino says:

    I normally do not like receiving specialists at RB either, but I think with Blount as our power RB we need it.

    I was very high on Lamar Miller like yourelf just for the fact he’s from Miami as RB’s from Miami do very well in the NFL, but was a little turned off by his receiving capabilities.

    I still would not be disappointed if the Buc’s take him. All in all I like your mock and would be happy with it. Except I do not think we need another DL, but the 7th round pick is a roll of the dice anyway. At his size maybe he could be a good special teams player.

  14. Adrian Mojica says:

    I agree on 7th. could go any way

  15. Capt_Rino says:

    I see. I would Not draft a Safety until at least the 5th either and that’s about where they project Guy to go also.

  16. Capt_Rino says:

    I would not take a safety until at least the 5th either.