Three draft options for the Buccaneers

April, 9, 2013
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With the NFL draft rapidly approaching, let’s have a little fun and take a look at what I think are the top three first-round options for each NFC South team.

Let’s start off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and let’s be very clear that it’s entirely possible the Bucs could trade the No. 13 overall pick in the draft to get Darrelle Revis or they could trade up to get Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. But let’s go on the assumption, for now at least, that the Bucs stay put at No. 13.

Here are three guys I can see the Bucs drafting:

Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State: At the moment, the Bucs are incredibly thin at cornerback. This might be a little early to take Rhodes if you go by where most draft gurus are projecting him. But let’s follow the law of supply and demand. Rhodes could end up being the best corner the Bucs can get.

Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri: The Bucs brought in Derek Landri as a free agent, but I’m not sure they’re done at defensive tackle. Richardson is a versatile guy that could combine with Gerald McCoy to give the Bucs a lot of talent in the interior. Richardson also is capable of playing defensive end in some run sets and I'm not so sure the Bucs want Da'Quan Bowers constantly on the field on running downs.

D.J. Fluker, offensive tackle, Alabama: The Bucs already have had Fluker in for a visit. I know the Bucs gave last year’s starting right tackle Demar Dotson a contract extension recently. But the deal is paying Dotson more like a backup than a starter. In this scenario Dotson could end up as the swing tackle and Fluker could be a nice upgrade for the power-running scheme that coach Greg Schiano favors.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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