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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Which Defensive End Will The Bucs Target?

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Another day, and another Mock Draft to pass along. Today's edition is from USA Today, which has brought together six of their Mock experts, and put together a very hard to follow spreadsheet-esque Mock tribunal. While they all have differnet opinions, they all think the Bucs will target the same position, and it's one that we've been talking about here for a little while; defensive end.

Missouri's Aldon Smith got four votes, while Iowa's Adrian Clayborn and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan split the other two. Only one of the drafters who didn't take Aldon Smith still had him on the baord when the Bucs chose him and then chose to pass on him. I include this little nugget of info, because I think of the three guys mentioned, Smith is the best fit for the Bucs.

He could be the kid of guy who comes in and gets a ton of sacks in the Tampa system, which is exactly what they need. Kerrigan and Clayborn are stronger against the run than Smith, but that isn't necessarily what they need from a defensive end, specifically one drafted in the first round. If Smith is on the board, I think he should be the pick. But he is the kind of guy who someone takes earlier than expected because of potential.

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