As you undoubtedly know, we have a little annual writers' mock draft over at SB Nation. I'm on the clock to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' second-round pick, having gone with Xavier Rhodes in the first round. Now I want your input on the team's second-round pick: who should the Bucs take? You can see how the draft has unfolded through the 31st pick right here, and of course a few more players have gone off the board as well.
Plenty of players are still available, and I've grouped them by position below. Even though I've selected Rhodes in the first round, the Buccaneers could stand to add another cornerback. They've double up before. Linebacker is a potential fit, if the Bucs think they can find an upgrade for Mason Foster who can struggle in coverage. The Bucs could use a third target in the passing game, so a receiver or tight end is always a possibility. Plus, you can never have too many defensive linemen.
So read through them, then vote! If your favorite player isn't on there, that's probably because he's off the board, by the way. I limited this to a maximum of three players per position to not muddle the poll too much, too.
CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
A highly-rated Rutgers cornerback and he's still available, too? That seems like a bit of a slamdunk pick. He'll know the defense, has experience in man coverage and zone coverage, can play from a press position, is physical and a willing tackler -- everything the Bucs look for in a cornerback he has, except size.
CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Remember when he was talked about as the second-best cornerback in the draft? That disappeared quickly. Still, he's a nice corner, has some physicality to his game and would fit the Bucs. He's not a top-notch cornerback nor is he very flashy, but he'd be a solid piece to fix the secondary.
CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
He's a little undersized at 5'10, 192 pounds but Taylor has been getting a lot of hype lately. He's another physical, skilled player who has experience in man coverage and in press coverage. The Bucs will especially love his run defense and his outstanding man cover abilities.
LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
He keeps drawing comparisons to Lavonte David, but is there room for two smallish, run-and-chase linebackers on one team? Greene is larger than David but he doesn't appear to have the physical stature to play in the middle. He is likely better in pass coverage than Mason Foster, though, which could get him on the field more on passing downs.
LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Oh yeah, Te'o's caught a lock of flak over the past weeks. I don't love him as a prospect, either. To me, he looks like a two-down middle linebacker, and he wouldn't be an improvement over Mason Foster in the middle. But there are those who disagree, including our own DraftPhantom. If I was convinced that he'd do well on passing downs, I would consider selecting him here.
LB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
Dynamic, athletic player with some question marks about consistency and technique. He's big, physical and very talent -- but there are a lot of questions he has to answer. A risk/reward pick with huge upside, and a strong bust potential. Would likely be a three-down middle linebacker if he works out, which would push Foster to the outside.
DE Margus Hunt, SMU
You like your boom-bust prospects? Hunt may be the ultimate one. He is ridiculously physically gifted, but comes from a track background and hails from Estonia. His production in college is very limited, but he has as much potential as anyone in this draft class. I don't know what to make of him -- but maybe you do. He's still available here.
DT John Jenkins, Georgia
You want a huge nose tackle? Here's your guy. He's 6'3", 346 pounds and would be your typical plugger in the run game with the ability to push the pocket a little. It's doubtful whether he fits the Bucs' scheme, who seem to like undersized nose tackle playing in a tilted alignment, but he's certainly very talented.
DT Kawann Short, Purdue
This guy is intriguing. He flashes the ability to beat interior linemen one-on-one, but struggles with consistency. He'd be a great fit with the Bucs' scheme as a tilted nose tackle, although the team doesn't seem to value the position that highly. He has some boom/bust potential as well, and needs to clean up questions about his motor.
WR Robert Woods, USC
Woods has the look of a professional wide receiver. He's an outstanding route runner, knows how to create separation and can catch a ball in traffic. He's not overly physically gifted and maybe will never be a truly dominant player, but he'd be a very useful receiver and is ready to play from day one.
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
Here's my favorite player of the moment: the most potentially dominant receiver in this entire draft. Watching him play, neon signs start flashing before my eyes screaming "Randy Moss" and "A.J. Green". That's the kind of talent this guy has. He has only one problem: he doesn't do a good job of, well, catching the football. He has far too many drops. If he can get that cleared up and add a little muscle to his ridiculously skinny frame, he could turn into one of the best receivers in the NFL. But if he can't do those things, he'll be a massive bust. Boom/bust prospect.
TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
The Buccaneers still have a need for a tight end. Gavin Escobar is the top rated tight end left on the board. He's not a special player, but he's a good receiver who will high-point the football and catch balls while covered. He has the speed to get down the seam and beat defensive backs regularly. However, he lacks some physicality and isn't a great blocker.
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So, who should I choose? Vote in the poll and let me know!