2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select...

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 19: Morris Claiborne #17 of the LSU Tigers looks on against the Ole Miss Rebels on November 19, 2011 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 52-3. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)

With the fifth overall pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Andrew Bernius selected for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who finished the 2011 season with a 4-12 record.

With the fifth overall pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select...

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

After bolstering the offense via free agency with the acquisitions of Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson, the Bucs go defense with the first pick in the Greg Schiano era. Claiborne is clearly the highest rated cornerback prospect in the 2012 draft and is a top Bucs need in a division which boasts franchise quarterbacks Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton.

Trent Richardson is a sexy pick often associated with the Bucs at the five-spot but the needs at corner are far too great to pass up on a prospect like Claiborne. With Ronde Barber's eventual retirement creeping closer (he will be 37 at the start of the 2012 season) and Aquib Talib's growing police file, the Bucs' only remaining long term quality starter at corner is the newly signed Eric Wright.

With this in mind, the Bucs reunite Claiborne with his former LSU Defensive Backs Coach/Current Bucs Defensive Backs Coach Ron Cooper, and look to their second round pick and the multiple quality running backs likely to still be on the board, for a compliment to LeGarrette Blount.

Morris Claiborne Highlights:

Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:

I think the Buccaneers jump for joy with Claiborne still available. With Ronde Barber close to retirement and Aqib Talib close to incarceration, The Bucs need a new shutdown CB in a pass-happy division. Claiborne has better coverage skills than last year's number five pick Patrick Peterson, this was an easy pick despite Trent Richardson being on the clock.
Grade: A
Value: +1

Draft Overview:

# Team Picked By Name/Positon of Pick
1 Indianapolis Alex Neyer Andrew Luck QB
2 Washington David Farrelly Robert Griffin III QB
3 Minnesota Palewook Matt Kalil OT
4 Cleveland Jason Garrison Justin Blackmon WR
5 Tampa Bay Andrew Bernius Morris Claiborne CB
6 St. Louis Jim0ijk
7 Jacksonville AK513
8 Miami Dan Lockhart
9 Carolina Jason Blanton
10 Buffalo Casey Penn
11 Kansas City Kenneth Taylor
12 Seattle Jerod Egner
13 Arizona Dan Wolford
14 Dallas Joshua Foster
15 Philadelphia Travis Parker
16 New York Jets Kenneth Taylor
17 Cincinnati (from Oakland) Jason Garrison
18 San Diego Anthony Knox
19 Chicago Steve Whited
20 Tennessee Jeff Welch
21 Cincinnati Jason Garrison
22 Cleveland (from Atlanta) Jason Garrison
23 Detroit Andrew Perrotta
24 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison
25 Denver Jared Morgan
26 Houston Brett Kollman
27 New England (from New Orleans) Anthony Knox
28 Green Bay Travis Castleman
29 Baltimore Jason Garrison
30 San Francisco Chris Brown
31 New England Anthony Knox
32 New York Giants Matt Leitner
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