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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Jabaal Sheard To The Bucs In Latest SB Nation Mock

SB Nation just came out with the latest edition of the 2011 NFL Mock Draft, and they have a new name penciled in for the Bucs at No. 20. It's still a defensive end, but now it is Pitt's Jabaal Sheard. Here is their rationale.

A second straight pick with a fringe first-rounder surging safely into the Top 20? Sheard is a vastly underrated prospect, and with all of the top edge rushers off the board, Tampa may feel alright "reaching" on an end that's nearly as enticing as the higher-profile guys.

I think they have the Bucs making this pick because Aldon Smith, J.J. Watt, Ryan Kerrigan and Cameron Jordan are all off the board in this Mock. I haven't heard too much about Sheard, but you can learn more about him at Mocking The Draft. Here is what they have to say about him.

Sheard is going to be a developmental player with a chance to help out on passing situations early.  He is likely looking at the tweener label due to his lack of bulk and limited experience dropping into coverage.  Sheard might be best suited to play the outside linebacker position.  On tape, he showed good quickness, balance, and coordination which make me feel he can make the switch.  However, that switch is going to take some time and coaching.  NFL teams are going to look at Sheard's athleticism and production and fall in love.  I wouldn't be surprised to see him go in the late 2nd round.

All of that sounds good until the very last part. I know the Bucs need a DE in the worst way, but I don't think they would be willing to reach for a guy a full round before he should be picked just to get one. But in terms of the type of player Sheard is, I think that he would be a good fit for the Bucs.

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