Mock Draft Monday: Claiborne or...Jonathan Martin?

While just two weeks ago the Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft day debate seemed to be focused on Trent Richardson and Morris Claiborne, I'm seeing a new trend in mock drafts: offensive tackles. Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff has been repeatedly mocked to the Bucs, and I've also seen Stanford OT Jonathan Martin pop by a couple of times.

Ryan Van Bibber's latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft doesn't feature an offensive tackle for the Bucs, as he continues to go with the sensible pick of cornerback Morris Claiborne. But a six-round mock draft posted at Mocking the Draft does give the Bucs an offensive tackle, and it surely isn't the only mock draft to do so.

The problem with selecting a tackle that high in the draft for the Bucs is two-fold: they don't need a left tackle as Donald Penn is perfectly fine in that position, and selecting a right tackle with the fifth overall pick is generally a poor use of your assets. The Bucs could still select a tackle with their first pick with the intention of moving him to left tackle once Donald Penn's contract runs out, but that's really the only scenario I see to justify such a selection.

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