The second round of the 2010 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft rolls along. We're having each SB Nation blogger make selections for their respective teams. Craig T lead blogger at SB Nation's Tampa Bay Buccaneers blog, Buc 'Em, checks in to make the No. 35 overall selection in this year's mock. Take it away, sir!
With the No. 35 overall pick in the 2010 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame.
Craig T says: There really is no positional group that the Bucs don't need to either upgrade or improve depth, but the obvious remaining needs after snaring a disruptive DT are finding a playmaking WR (or two), finding a quality rush end, finding a corner to help replace the nearly-finished, and adding depth along both lines. Although O-Line hasn't really been advertised as a need, the Bucs are operating with bookend tackles under restricted free agency tenders, a former starter in who missed last year dealing with alleged personal issues, a new starter for Sears in who was less effective than expected in the running game, and a general lack of quality depth. As such, it's an offensive line that's basically a house of cards that could collapse quickly. The Bucs brought in Russell Okung and Mike Iupati for visits, so it's possible the front office sees this concern as well. That's why OT Bruce Campbell is a tempting option.
However, when you're rolling out, , Sammie Stroughter and in your shotgun sets, it's pretty obvious the Bucs desperately need an improvement to that position. Although Raheem Morris came out last off-season and declared that this would be a physical and violent team, the offensive game plan didn't support it, as Greg Olson's attempted vertical passing game took over and the Bucs abandoned the running game often in favor of the inexperienced arms of and . They found success late in the year by sticking with the running game in the second half of games they trailed and took over late. However, a reliable target is needed in the passing game when the running game stalls, and Golden Tate is that guy.
Although his size is a concern and he could struggle getting off some jams, he's incredibly quick and can create separation through his fast cuts. He's also deceptively fast and should have no problem fitting into Olson's offensive system. Tate is the pick.
Mocking Dan reacts: The Buccaneers have arguably the worst wide receiving corps in the NFL. A playmaker like Tate starts to change that. He has very good hands and is incredibly dangerous with the ball in his hands. Good pick.
Mocking the Draft's Top 5 remaining prospects: 1 - Bruce Campbell/OT/Maryland, 2 - Jonathan Dwyer/RB/Georgia Tech, 3 - Damian Williams/WR/USC, 4 - Rob Gronkowski/TE/Arizona, 5 - Brandon Spikes/LB/Florida
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