NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Mark Barron of Alabama holds up a jersey as he stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected #7 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have started the 2012 NFL Draft off with a bang and a lot of movement. Their first move was to trade back from #5 to #7, collecting an extra fourth-round pick in the process. A surprise move, especially as cornerback Morris Claiborne was still on the board at that time. Claiborne was picked by the Dallas Cowboys at #6 after they moved up, and the Bucs decided to pick Alabama safety Mark Barron at #7. This was one player who hadn't been linked to the Bucs much, but in hindsight it's hard to see why: Barron is by far the best safety in the draft, and the Bucs had a major hole at safety.
At the end of the first round, the Bucs eliminated another one of their needs by selecting running back Doug Martin with the 31st overall pick. To get that selection, the Bucs had to execute another trade, this time swapping fourth rounders and giving up their second-round pick for the Broncos' first-rounder.
In all, this sets the Bucs up to fill two needs in the remainder of the draft, as they need a cornerback and a linebacker. And the first round itself has gone just right for the Bucs to get those players. Just three cornerbacks and two 4-3 linebackers went in the first round of the draft, and there is a lot of value available for the Bucs. Unfortunately, those players will have to fall to Tampa Bay's third-round pick - unless they trade up once again.
A few players to keep an eye out for: LB Lavonte David, CB, Josh Robinson, LB Mychal Kendricks, CB Janoris Jenkins, CB Jamell Fleming, LB Bobby Wagner, LB James-Michael Johnson and WR Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers).