Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft

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November 10, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) during a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Barkevious Mingo – The Buccaneers lost Michael Bennett this offseason to the Seahawks and Da’Quan Bowers was arrested this offseason for having a gun in his bag at the airport. One way to help the pass defense is to bolster the pass rush and Mingo can do that. He has elite athleticism off the edge. He has one of the quickest jumps off the snap that I’ve seen and will add an instant pass rush. He needs to add some muscle because right now he is a non factor in the run game. He can however come in and be used much like the Seahawks used Bruce Irvin this past year.

November 3, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (73) gets ready to rush during the first quarter against the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sharrif Floyd – With the Buccanneers releasing Roy Miller, DT suddenly becomes a need. Many are talking about him as a possible top 3 pick, however I’m just not seeing it. Floyd has a very high ceiling, but IMO has a lower floor than the other DTs. Floyd is very good in the run game, showing great strength and quickness off the line. Floyd has a great initial burst off of the line, but if he doesn’t get by the OL on his initial quickness he can have problems. He has good short area quickness to get off of the block and tackle the ball carrier. However he doesn’t show a sustained quickness to be a real pass rush threat in the NFL. He also stands up at the snap, losing his initial leverage.

October 13, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Utah Utes defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (92) in position to defend against the UCLA Bruins during the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Star Lotulelei – Lotulelei is one of the more versatile defensive lineman in this draft. He has an explosive burst off of the snap and shows great lateral agility and flexibility to slip through holes in the line and ruin plays before they even get started. Anchors very good against the run and has a very strong upper core. Has developed a swim move to break away from blockers when he is initially slowed down. Stepped up his game against better competition, playing some of his best games against USC and BYU. Does rely on his physical tools a little too much which causes come inconsistencies. Has a possible heart defect which could cause him to drop, but if it turns out to be nothing, getting him at 13 would be an absolute steal.

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