Bucs’ First Round Targets — Up And DownApril 27th, 2011
NFL Draft guru Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski continues to break down the draft for Bucs fans like no other. Remember to tune in to WDAE-AM 620 at 7 p.m. tonight to hear Part II of Pawlowski’s interview with Mark Dominik. And be sure to come back to JoeBucsFan.com Thursday for more of Pawlowski’s breakdowns, plus his final mock draft.
1st Round Options for the Bucs
By JUSTIN PAWLOWSKI
Cameron Jordan – DE – Cal
6’4’’ – 287 lbs – 4.78
I’ve gone on record and still believe that Cameron Jordan could be a target the Bucs might be willing to trade up for. He is not an elite pass rusher, but Jordan is a very stout defensive end that can play the 5-technique in a 3-4 defense and left defensive end in a 4-3 defense. I still envision a 3-man line of Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, and Cameron Jordan when the Bucs do play a 3-4 defense. That would be exciting.
Ryan Kerrigan – DE – Purdue
6’4’’ – 264 lbs – 4.71
Kerrigan has probably been the most popular name associated with the Bucs this draft season, and rightfully so. Few players were as productive as Kerrigan the past four years. His ability, leadership, and work ethic would mix right in with how the Bucs are building their defense. Kerrigan might also be a target the Bucs trade up for.
Gabe Carimi – OT – Wisconsin
6’7’’ – 314 lbs – 5.27
Mark Dominik has warned that the Bucs first-round selection might not be what everyone thinks. If that’s the case, then why not an offensive tackle here? Carimi is a massive right tackle who excels in straight line blocking and power. Carimi has potential as a 10-year starter at right tackle. With James Lee a restricted free agent, maybe the Bucs are looking to solidify that position to protect No. 5.
Mike Pouncey – OG – Florida
6’5’’ – 303 lbs – 5.28
I have continued to say that the Bucs are interested in Mike Pouncey, but I think they’ve been trying to keep it quiet. Pouncey can play guard or center and would offer the Bucs a lot of value to the interior of their line. I’m not sure Pouncey would be the best pick for the team at this time after what Ted Larsen did last year, but if Pouncey ends up like his brother as a perennial pro bowler, it would be tough to argue against that pick.
Justin Houston – DE – Georgia
6’3’’ – 270 lbs – 4.68
After spending so much time and interest in hybrid outside linebacker/defensive ends, you’d have to imagine Houston would be in play for the Bucs pick at 20. He did visit the Bucs this offseason and does fit the mold of player they’d like. Right now, Houston is limited to really just one pass rush move, but with good coaching could become a force off the edge.