SB Nation 2011 NFL Mock Draft - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Second Round Pick

Mocking the Draft has been running a 2011 NFL Mock Draft with all the SB Nation writers picking for their teams. In the first round I had selected Ryan Kerrigan over Aldon Smith, as I thought the Bucs would value Kerrigan more. I'm still pretty satisfied with that pick, though I personally like Aldon Smith better because he has much higher upside than Kerrigan. 

With the Bucs' biggest need filled, I still wanted to add a second defensive end or pass rusher. I was targeting Jabaal Sheard, but as luck would have it the San Diego Chargers took him just one pick earlier. I then looked to add some power to the offensive line, but all the good linemen were gone at that point and I felt like I would have to reach to fill a need - and I really didn't want to do that. So then, I turned my attention to another big need for the Buccaneers: linebacker. Martez Wilson and Bruce Carter were both off the board, but one really good linebacker was still there: Mason Foster. Foster is probably the most solid linebacker in the draft. He has tremendous instincts, he's a powerful tackler, he's great in coverage and does a good job sifting through traffic. The only problem is that he doesn't do a great job stacking and shedding in the run game, but with some added strength and technique training that should be fixable. He's also a high-effort, physical player who was the unquestioned leader of the Washington defense. Even though he's not a real flashy player, there's a lot to like about Foster and he could be a 10-year starter for the Bucs if they do select him. 

You can go here to view the pick, an explanation and Mocking the Draft's Dan Kadar's reaction to it. 

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