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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Buccaneers Continue To Be Linked To Morris Claiborne

The guys over at SB Nation just came out with the latest edition of their 2012 NFL Mock Draft, and it continues on some trends for the local teams. That starts with Morris Claiborne of LSU going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 5 overall selection.

A perfect match of talent and need, Claiborne will make the Bucs' secondary respectable again in 2012. Aqib Talib is bound for breaking rocks and Ronde Barber is pondering retirement after 16 seasons. The new administration in Tampa Bay will appreciate Claiborne's character as much as his talent.

The Jaguars then add some offensive talent tot heir roster at No. 7 with Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd.

This is one giant leap for 2012 NFL draft punditry. Buzz is emanating from the internet, as it is wont to do, that Floyd will surprise people with his Combine workout. A good day on the track inside Lucas Oil Stadium could vault Floyd over Blackmon as the top receiver in this draft class.

Finally the Dolphins who add Quinton Coples of North Carolina to their defense. Coples had been a popular choice for the Jaguars at No. 7 but he doesn't slide out of the top ten.

The Dolphins are the second team in the AFC East to announce a shift to the 4-3 defense. Adding Coples gives Miami a natural fit for an outside pass rusher in a four-man front. Coples carries a high potential to bust in this draft. Like most UNC players, he seemed to be in cruise control last year, and then he flashed moments of greatness at the Senior Bowl.

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