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Friday, April 24, 2009
Your mock pick for the Buccaneers

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

It's time for Tampa Bay's selection in the readers' mock draft.

This was one of the closest races in the entire NFC South as 14 different players received votes to be taken as the No. 19 pick. Let's put it in your hands to announce the pick.

John in Orlando writes: With pick #19 of the 2009 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select, Defensive Tackle Peria Jerry out of The University of Mississippi. In addition, the Bucs also take Smokin Joe Burnett somewhere in the 5-7th rounds. Perfect replacement to Ronde Barber, just saying

Kevin in Tampa writes: Buccaneers should take Peria Jerry. No question this is the Bucs biggest need. If they can't stop the run up the middle this could be a long season.

Eric in Paris writes: The Bucs should take The DT Peria Jerry from Ole Miss. Even if he's not the really big kind of tackle that Bates wants in his system, we really need help in the D-Line. Not sure Michael Johnson is worth this spot.

As I said, the voting was close. Peria won this election by eight votes. Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis finished second and Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman was third. There also was pretty strong support for Florida State defensive end Everette Brown, but many of you pointed out you think he might be gone before Tampa Bay's pick and I think that's entirely possible.

Florida receiver Percy Harvin and Boston College defensive tackle Ron Brace also were very much in the mix and a lot of you suggested the Bucs could trade down and still draft Brace. I like that scenario, but we'll deal with trades when they happen.

I'll be back in a little while with your pick for Atlanta at No. 24.