The latest edition of the 2012 NFL Mock Draft just came out, and it has two of the three teams adding offensive talent with their top ten picks. The first to pick is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 5, and they are slated to take Riley Reiff, the offensive tackle from Iowa.
Josh Freeman needs help, lots of it. Tampa's two starting tackles, Donald Penn on the left and Jeremy Trueblood on the right, allowed 13 sacks and almost 80 pressures according to the stats at Pro Football Focus. They re-signed Penn last season. Drafting Reiff gives them a better pair and insurance in case Penn underwhelms as he did in 2010.
Next are the Jacksonville Jaguars, who upgrade their secondary with cornerback Dre' Kirkpatrick from Alabama. Although they do admit that they could really use a receiver there as well.
The Jaguars really, really need a wide receiver. Alshon Jeffery (mocked here last time), Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright could all be in play here with a good pre-draft season. For now, they go with Kirkpatrick. Rashean Mathis tore his ACL in 2011, and he's 31. William Middleton, who showed some promise in six starts, landed on IR in December. They need help, Kirkpatrick could beef up a secondary with Derek Cox and a healthy Middleton, assuming they keep the RFA, in 2012.
Finally the Miami Dolphins, who secure their quarterback of the future in Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill.
It's too bad that Tannehill will miss the Senior Bowl. He could have followed Christian Ponder's path, raising his draft stock significantly with a big week in Mobile, AL. Right now, it looks as though he could throw again before the draft. Miami can grab him to sit behind Matt Moore, spend some time learning the ropes.
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