Bucs Should Eye Cameron HeywardMarch 3rd, 2011
There’s no question the Bucs need a defensive end. Despite loading up on defensive tackles the past two seasons high in the draft, the Bucs pass rush was, for the most part, non-existent last year.
Hence the need for a defensive end.
But the problem is that thanks to a good season in 2010, the Bucs pick 20th. Also bad for the Bucs, it seems other teams need defensive ends as well. So Pat Kirwan, he of NFL.com, CBS Sports and Sirius NFL Radio, is cautioning Bucs fans to temper their expectations.
Paul, West Virginia
Hey Pat, Paul in WV here. Appreciate your kindness. Cameron Jordan, Robert Quinn to the Bucs in first round? DE or some are saying replacement for #20? I think Barbers eventual replacement is already on the roster. What say the GM?
Pat Kirwan, NFL.com
I see both Quinn and Jordan gone by the time the Bucs draft at #20. So you might have to be more creative and look deeper into the draft at guys like Clayborn and Heyward. You might even see Ryan Kerrigan gone. Unfortunately, many teams ahead of you need DEs. I see 5-6 DEs possibly going before you pick.
This year’s draft class is supposed to be very deep at defensive end. As a result, Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik could go several ways here. One would be to draft defensive ends with his first two picks like he did last year at defensive tackle with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price.
Or, Dominik could be bold and pick a linebacker in the first round and load up on defensive ends later in the draft.