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.
|#||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|
|11||Kansas City||Kenneth Taylor|
|16||New York Jets||Kenneth Taylor|
|17||Cincinnati (from Oakland)||Jason Garrison|
|18||San Diego||Anthony Knox|
|22||Cleveland (from Atlanta)||Jason Garrison|
|27||New England (from New Orleans)||Anthony Knox|
|28||Green Bay||Travis Castleman|
|31||New England||Anthony Knox|
|32||New York Giants||Matt Leitner|