2012 NFL Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Get Fifth Overall Pick

With the Cleveland Browns losing to the PIttsburgh Steelers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. They will need it, as the team has a serious lack of talent at several position - most notably cornerback and linebacker. A high draft pick can help quickly turn a team around, although the Bucs need more than just a high pick to turn this team around.

Some of the realistic options with that fifth overall pick would include CB Morris Claiborne, RB Trent Richardson and WR Justin Blackmon. LB Luke Kuechly has also been mentioned as a possible selection at that point in the draft. With the new NFL CBA the contracts for highly drafted rookies became cheaper, making it easier for teams to trade down - another option the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could pursue.

With the season over, the focus now shifts to offseason improvements. Coaching changes are likely coming, and perhaps even front office changes. With coaching changes come possible scheme changes, and scheme changes will create new needs. The offseason will be interesting this season, and the fifth overall pick gives Bucs fans a little hope.

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