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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Defensive help for the Buccaneers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been eliminated from the playoffs, which means we can now focus on the 2016 NFL draftDanny Kadar has a new mock draft out, and he's giving the Bucs Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah at number 12.

The Buccaneers have some options here should they choose to go with an end. Ogbah, Oregon's DeForest Buckner and Clemson's Shaq Lawson are all on the board. Ogbah gets the nod because he's such a high-effort player with good closing speed.

This selection makes much more sense than Todd McShay's decision to give the Bucs an offensive tackle while they have three starting quality players at that position.

Tampa Bay will focus on fixing its defense this offseason. The good news is that they're set at two position groups: defensive tackle and linebacker. The bad news is that they need a whole lot of help at every other position: cornerback, safety and defensive end.

Ogbah is a decent fit for Lovie Smith. He has 13 sacks in twelve games this season, and has been remarkably consistent: he only failed to put up a sack in one game. At 64", 275 lbs. he also has size to hold up at the point of attack with the length to give offensive tackles trouble.

At the same time, I don't necessarily see the natural explosiveness you ideally want out of a pass rusher. In part that's because of Oklahoma State's scheme, which asks him to wait and read rather than get upfield and attack, but I'm not entirely convinced he'll be a terrific pass rusher at the next level. It's hard to project him, though, because he's asked to line up all over the defensive line.

Still, at the number 12 pick you're likely not going to find a dominant pass rusher and the Bucs do need all the defensive end help they can get. And Ogbah certainly looks like a better player than what the Bucs have now.