One of the two surprise NFC playoff contenders from last season (Chicago being the other), Tampa Bay is now on the clock. One of the youngest teams in the league, the Bucs hit on many draft picks last year and will look to capitalize on the depth in the middle of the first round. Let's go to the podium to see who the selection is.
Selection: (DE) Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
Why the pick:
First, let's state the obvious. Every NFL fan in the state of Florida is more than familiar with CB Aqib Talib's current situation. What many outside of Central Florida don't realize is that the Buccaneer's front office is very high on 2010 3rd round pick CB Myron Lewis. Coaches were also very impressed with E.J. Biggers who filled in for Talib, as he served a 4 game suspension last year. CB Ronde Barber, 35, had a solid season but cannot play forever. Rumors from the Buccaneer's front office are that the CB position will be addressed, but possibly not until the middle rounds.
The Buccaneers ranked # 28 against the run and had only 26 sacks in 2010. They were led by Stylez White, with 4.5. White eventually lost his starting job near the end of the season. In 2010 Ryan Kerrigan was team co-captain and the first unanimous All-American at Purdue since 1980. He led the FBS with 26 TFL. He finished tied for second with forced fumbles (5) and finished the regular season third in FBS sacks (12.5). He's an intelligent, technically sound run defender who keeps his arms extended so to stack the OT and contain the edge. He has a very good overall build and impressive strength. He recovers from blocks quickly, stays with his assignment and will not give up on a play. His off the charts work ethic is exactly what these young Bucs feel they need at this point.
It's rumored that G.M. Mark Dominik and H.C. Raheem Morris view this type of pick as an opportunity to combine a Ryan Kerrigan with last years #3 overall pick Gerald McCoy in an attempt to rebuild what was once a dominant, game changing Defensive Line with the ability to pressure the QB, control field position and the game itself.
Follow the jump for analysis of the pick:
(AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune)
HIGH PRIORITY TEAM NEEDS (lower number indicates higher priority) according to Drafttek.com:
-- Threat Level Red (priority 1-2): 4-3 Defensive End, 4-3 Middle LB
-- Threat Level Orange (priority 3-4): Free Safety, Left Tackle, Cornerback
-- Threat Level Yellow (priority 5-6): 4-3 Outside LB, Right Tackle, Tight End, Center, 4-3 Defensive Tackle, Strong Safety, Feature Running Back, Feature Wide Receiver-- Threat Level Green (priority 9): Quarterback, COP Running Back, Possession Receiver, Slot Receiver
-- Drafttek.com ranked #18 Overall, #6 at the position
-- Wes Bunting, National Football Post: #40 Overall, #9 at the position
Impression: A good pass rusher who uses his hands well to slip blocks, works hard and has some suddenness in tight areas. Would like to see him play the run better, but is a tough, high-character kid who could mature into a solid starter with some time.
-- CBSSports.com ranked #17 overall, #5 at the position
-- Scout.com ranked #19 overall, #6 at the position
-- Mike Mayock ranked #17 overall, #6 at the position
Had 33 sacks, 14 forced fumbles. With this kid, you know what you're getting. You know what your floor is, and he might not have the same upside as some of these other kids. But I think he can play defensive end or stand up and be an outside linebacker.
Pass rush: Hustle pass rusher with the size to contribute on either side of the line. Not a threat to turn the corner because he is a bit stiff in the hips, but anticipates the snap well and flashes the occasional burst to pressure tackles up the field. Defeats tight ends on the line and running backs in the backfield with his hands and strength. Capable of putting his blocker on skates to take him back into the pocket. Provides secondary rush, keeps his eyes in the backfield and will chase down quarterbacks if they hang onto the ball too long. Does not have an exceptional closing burst, but his height and length make it difficult to see over or pass around him. Drops into coverage on occasion and hustles to plays but lacks great agility in space. Lacks counter pass-rush moves.
Run defense: Intelligent, assignment-sure run defender. Keeps arms extended to stack tackle to contain on the edge, though he could shed more consistently. Works hard to get down the line if the play is run away from him. Recovers quickly from cut blocks using his hands to keep his balance, but will lose the ball in the process. Presses double teams, will not give up on a play. Good overall build and has improved his functional strength. Better tackles can control him off the snap, though he will overpower or shed tight ends on run plays when one-on-one. Lacks speed to keep containment against quicker backs if he takes a step inside.
Explosion: Is not a quick-twitch athlete but has enough explosiveness from his stance to challenge strong-side tackles as a pass rusher. Keeps his hips low and delivers a strong punch into his blocker's chest, giving him a strong bull rush and the ability to keep his distance from tackles on the edge.
Strength: A taller defensive end, he plays with good leverage on the edge and gets under the pads and moves tackles into the backfield. Moves with blockers on the edge to prevent plays getting outside. Must improve using his hands to consistently disengage from blocks to make plays.
Tackling: Secure tackler inside and when chasing downfield. Excellent hustle to track down receivers and running backs downfield on short throws. Long, strong arms make it difficult for ballcarriers to elude his tackles. More of a drag-down tackler than explosive, but brings enough pop to force fumbles when attacking the quarterback. Lacks elite speed and has only adequate change-of-direction agility for his size; he might struggle to corral quick and elusive NFL backs.
|Draft Pick||Team||2010 Record||Assigned GM||Team Needs||Selection|
|1||Carolina||(2-14)||Alexcomestokill||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, WR1, WR2, WR3, CB||AJ Green|
|2||Denver||(4-12)||Sean N||4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT||Nick Fairley|
|3||Buffalo||(4-12)||BTB||Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink||Marcel Dareus|
|4||Cincinatti||(4-12)||staubachfan||QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC||Patrick Peterson|
|5||Arizona||(5-11)||howboutdemcowboyz||QB, 3-4 OLB, CB, OG, LOT|
|6||Cleveland||(5-11)||BlueEyedDevil||4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, WR, FS, CB||Robert Quinn|
|7||San Francisco||(6-10)||regaberto||3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, CB, OC, QB||Von Miller|
|8||Tennesee||(6-10)||accidentalinnuendo||QB, CB, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB||Da'Quan Bowers|
|9||Dallas||(6-10)||ChiaCrack||ROT, FS, OG, SS, CB, SILB, WILB, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB||Tyron Smith|
|10||Washington||(6-10)||Creasy729||QB,RB, WR, OG, OC, 3-4DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Blaine Gabbert|
|11||Houston||(6-10)||I am Ironman!||3-4 DE, 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB||Prince Amukamara|
|12||Minnesota||(6-10)||KJDH2154||QB, WR, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, LOT, OG,||Jake Locker|
|13||Detroit||(6-10)||DIRE WOLF||CB, 4-3 OLB, MLB, ROT, OG, WR||Anthony Castonzo|
|14||St. Louis||(7-9)||Squishmytomato||WR, 4-3 DR, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, FS, CB, OG, OC, SS||Julio Jones|
|15||Miami||(7-9)||iCoach||QB, 3-4 OLB, SS, OC, OG, 3-4 MLB, RB, WR||Mark Ingram|
|16||Jacksonville||(8-8)||gogokroz||4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, CB, QB, WR, OG,||Aldon Smith|
|17||New England||(14-2)||fivetwos||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT||Cameron Jordan|
|18||San Diego||(9-7)||salas88||3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OT||JJ Watt|
|19||NY Giants||(10-6)||Jeterian 2||C, RB, OT, 4-3 OLB, SS, CB||Mike Pouncey|
|20||Tampa Bay||(10-6)||Blustartatoo||4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, FS, CB, OG, LOT, 4-3 OLB, ROT, TE, OC, WR||Ryan Kerrigan|
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