2011 NFL Mock Draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select DE Ryan Kerrigan

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are selecting 20th in SB Nation's 2011 NFL mock draft and representing Tampa Bay, Bucs Nation, has selected Ryan Kerrigan. I think a lot of folks are predicting they go with a pass-rusher here and it comes down to Kerrigan or Aldon Smith.

On the difference between the two,Bucs Nation writes:

With Missouri's Aldon Smith and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan both still on the board, they get to choose between a highly talented but raw and inexperienced prospect in Smith, and a less talented but highly productive prospect in Kerrigan. In the end, I think the Bucs will fall in love with Kerrigan's motor and college production and pick him over the higher upside of Smith. The fact that Kerrigan was a co-captain in college will speak to the Buccaneers, as they've made it a point to target team captains since Raheem Morris and Mark Dominik took over the team.

It's hard to complain when you go with a pass-rusher considering the importance of getting to the quarterback. If you can get to the quarterback, it eases the pressure on the rest of the defense. I like this pick.

For the full explanation of the pick, check out Mocking The Draft. 

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