With The Twentieth Pick Of The 2011 BRB Mock Draft, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select...

dhigs11, fresh off a day spent in College Station and a night drinking to forget he spent the day in College Station, chimes in with what the Bucs would do if the first nineteen picks unfolded as they have and a trade didn't materialize.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of the big surprises of the NFL in 2010. With above average play by QB Josh Freeman, the young and talented receiving corps of Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, and Dezmon Briscoe, and the emergence of undrafted puncher’s chance LaGarrette Blount at RB, the Bucs seem fairly confident in their offense. They need some help on the O-line, but with pressing needs on the defensive line, added to the fact that the first round OL talent has been drafted in the spots before this, I just don’t see them taking anything but defense in this spot. That being said…

They could take a look at cornerbacks, with Aqib Talib in the midst of legal issues and Ronde Barber not getting any younger. Maybe Jimmy Smith or Brandon Harris get a look here. Another spot with possible holes could be the linebacker position. Barrett Ruud and Quincy Black are both slated to become free agents. While the linebackers that would remain should Ruud and Black leave are not the worst bunch, it would most certainly be a step in the wrong direction. However, more pressing needs on the defensive line and a real lack of value at LB at this pick will outweigh any "what-ifs" concerning their LB free agents.

The Buccaneers were among the worst in the league when it came to pressuring the quarterback in 2010. In a division with the likes of Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, this is a major concern. I’ve seen other mocks take Ryan Kerrigan and Adrian Clayborn here to put next to last year’s third overall pick, DT Gerald McCoy. Seems like this is the general consensus around the internet, and as much as I’d like to be different, The Dude abides.

So with the 20th pick in the 2011 BRB Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue. Clayborn, to me, has too many red flags popping up to be considered over Kerrigan. Kerrigan is a high motor player that doesn’t do anything particularly off the charts, but is solid in all aspects of the game.

"High motor player that doesn't do anything particularly off the charts, but is solid in all aspects of the game." Not exactly a glowing review of one's first round pick, but better that than "lazy, one-trick pony," I suppose. Your reaction to the selection of Ryan Kerrigan here?

First round recap:

1. Carolina--Cam Newton (QB--Auburn)
2. Denver--Patrick Peterson (CB--LSU)
3. Buffalo--Marcell Dareus (DT--Alabama)
4. Cincinnati--Von Miller (OLB/DE--Texas A&M)
5. Arizona--A.J. Green (WR--Georgia)
6. Cleveland--Da'Quan Bowers (DE--Clemson)
7. San Francisco--Robert Quinn (LB--North Carolina)
8. Tennessee--Nick Fairley (DT--Auburn)
9. Southern Oklahoma--Tyron Smith (OT--USC)
10. Washington--Jake Locker (QB--Washington)
11. Houston--Prince Amukamara (CB--Nebraska)
12. Minnesota--Blaine Gabbert (QB--Mizzou)
13. Detroit--Julio Jones (WR--Alabama)
14. St. Louis--Aldon Smith (DE/OLB--Mizzou)
15. Miami--Mike Pouncey (G/C--Florida)
16. Jacksonville--Cameron Jordan (DE--Cal)
17. New England--Anthony Castonzo (OT--Boston College)
18. San Diego--J.J. Watt (DE--Wisconsin)
19. New York Giants--Gabe Carimi (OT--Wisconsin)
20. Tampa Bay--Ryan Kerrigan (DE--Purdue)

AllenOU and RED56, on behalf of the Kansas City Chiefs, are now on the clock.

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