Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado.
Playing the role of Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager, and having to follow in my footsteps, is 'willgfass.' Here is his rational for the selection of Smith:
The Buccs’ biggest need is a pass rushing defensive end. After this, there is no real serious need, although many places can be upgraded. QB, RB, WR, and DT I believe have no need to be upgraded, at least not in the first round. Unfortunately, this draft has gone in the absolute worst way for the Bucs. Four defensive ends have been taken off the board already. None of the DEs I see left are first round talents, are have serious injury problems that present a risk the first round pick shouldn’t have.
Without a DE here, the Bucs have to go BPA. In this situation, the Bucs should trade down (or trade up, to get their pass rusher). Trades aren’t allowed though.
No OT really stands out to me, so I’m not going to pick one here. So my pick is ...
Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
You can never get enough corners in the league, and Ronde is going to retire eventually. I don’t like his attitude, that shouldn’t prevent him from being a very good player.
My take: If I was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan in Radio City Music Hall and this is the pick that was announced I think I would boo until my throat hurt. Smith is a talented player some believed has top 15 ability, but he has character concerns that have reportedly had some teams taking him completely off their draft boards. This could be a great pick, if Smith gets his head screwed on straight. I just wouldn't want to be the general manager who makes it.
The safer thing for the Buccaneers to do is address their gaping hole at defensive end by taking whatever lineman they think is they best fit for their 4-3 -- Ryan Kerrigan, Justin Houston, Muhammad Wilkerson would be possibilities. Or, take an offensive tackle like Nate Solder or Derek Sherrod.
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