2011 NFL Draft: Predicting Tampa Bay’s first round selection

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a few holes to fill in the 2011 NFL draft. With a good draft position and a GM with an impressive drafting history, their 2011 NFL draft class could prove to be very impressive.

The Bucs finished impressively last season, there is no doubt about that. But, outside of their conference, the teams they beat had a combined record of 40-72. The Buccaneers will have to set a goal in 2011 to prove that a weak schedule isn’t the only reason they got to 10-6.

The list of positions that need help is a pretty sizeable one. And most of those problems lie on the defensive side of the ball. Tampa Bay, especially toward the end of the year, had a very hard time stopping the ball, with over 130 yards per game given up on the ground.

Tampa Bay’s 2011 NFL draft will center around their defense. Holes at both inside and outside linebacker will need to be filled. A couple defensive ends wouldn’t hurt either. And addressing the less-than-stellar strong safety play is high on the list.

The offense is stronger, likely only needing a running back to help LeGarrette Blount shoulder the load, and an interior offensive lineman.

The following are my predictions for all of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2011 NFL draft picks.

To view the rest of this article, visit: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/672568-2011-nfl-mock-draft-going-all-7-rounds-with-the-tampa-bay-buccaneers


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