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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Florida Teams Could Go Defense First

When you're picking in the top ten, not a lot went right for your team in the past season. So upgrading on either side of the ball is probably a necessity. In his latest mock draft at NFL.com, Eliot Harrison thinks that two of three Florida teams will be looking to upgrade the defense; starting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne.

The Buccaneers picked defensive end Adrian Clayborn first last year, so they won't go in that direction. Trent Richardson is tempting, but LeGarrette Blount was not the main problem with this team in 2011. With Ronde Barber on the downslide (and a free agent), Claiborne fits nicely.
Next is the Jacksonville Jaguars and North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples.
With an anemic pass rush in the Gene Smith era, the Jags look to fortify one of the edges. Of course, missing out on both Claiborne and Kirkpatrick at corner forces Jacksonville's hand.
Finally, he has the Dolphins looking to add a bookend for Jake Long in Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin.
The Dolphins take the next-best offensive lineman on the board, and in the process, keep a division rival (Buffalo) from getting the premier tackle it could really use.

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