With Senior Bowl week now concluded, many NFL Draft experts begin to hone their mock drafts. The Buccaneers, Jaguars, and Dolphins all hold picks in the top ten of April's draft and will be looking to add key pieces for new regimes patrolling the sidelines. Peter Schrager of FoxSports has updated his latest mock draft to include the developments from the Senior Bowl. He has the Buccaneers looking to add a piece in the defensive backfield, adding stud cornerback Morris Claiborne of LSU:
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: The Greg Schiano era begins! The Buccaneers have a new coach, plenty of salary cap room, and a lot of young pieces. They fell apart last year, but I actually don't think they're that far away from being relevant again. Claiborne's the wise pick at number 5. Some scouts like Claiborne even more than last year's 5th overall pick and Claiborne's former defensive backfield partner at LSU, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson. Claiborne would be a much-needed addition to a young Tampa defense that got trounced upon last season.
Two picks later, the Jacksonville Jaguars will also look for help on the defensive side of the ball. Schrager has the Jags taking Quinton Coples out of North Carolina. SB Nation and Big Cat Country's Alfie Crow was on the scene this week in Mobile, and reported that Coples was the best player on either roster all week. The defensive lineman would be a nice addition to the Jags front seven:
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE/DT, North Carolina: Jacksonville's D showed flashes a year ago, but still is missing an elite pass-rushing threat from the outside. If Justin Blakmon slips, he could be a consideration at 7. If not, Coples would give the Jacksonville fans something to be jazzed about on the defensive side of the ball. An absolute star at the Senior Bowl this week, his stock will only continue to rise throughout February's Combine and the interview process.
Finally, the Dolphins round out the trio of Florida teams in the top ten. The Fins have a clear question mark at quarterback, but in the No. 9 spot, it's unlikely the franchise quarterback worth taking that high would still be available. Schrager has Miami upgrading the offensive line, taking mammoth tackle Jonathan Martin from Stanford:
9. Miami Dolphins*: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: If Miami can't get an elite QB in the first round, they could do a lot worse than locking up another franchise tackle in Martin. Some quarterback - whether it be Matt Moore, a re-signed Chad Henne or a free agent to be named later - would have the amazing luxury of having Jake Long, Mike Pouncey and Martin protecting him for the next decade. Who that quarterback is remains the looming - and most important - offseason question mark in Miami this offseason. Oh, and finding a head coach, too.
While the Senior Bowl may add some clarity, there's still long way to go before the first name is called in April. With so many questions marks for all of the Florida teams, there's sure to be plenty of shuffling in the top ten.
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