Matthew Postins: Well, I guess we should start with your recent mock draft, where you had the Buccaneers taking wide receiver DeSean Jackson with the No. 16 overall pick. What was your rationale, and what makes you think Jackson is a good fit for the Bucs?
Chris Steuber: I look at their offense and there is something missing. I think Joey Galloway is tremendous, but he's going to be 36 years old later this month, and his best years are behind him. When Galloway decides to call it a career, the Bucs will need to add a big play threat at the receiver position. I think they hoped Maurice Stovall could be that player, but Stovall is more of a possession receiver who's been a disappointment thus far. Adding a player like DeSean Jackson, who may or may not enter next year's draft because he's only a junior, adds a multi-dimensional element to the Tampa Bay roster. The Bucs return game could use some stability, and Jackson provides an instant impact player on special teams.
Matthew Postins: Who is your No. 1 overall pick right now, and how much do you think that will change between now and April?
Chris Steuber: The number one pick right now is Jake Long, because the St. Louis Rams, if the draft were today, hold the first pick. The Rams need offensive line help desperately, especially at the tackle position where Orlando Pace has been hurt the last couple of seasons. The selection will change a bit depending on what team ends up with the top pick. I think there are three players in the hunt for the top selection; Long, Glenn Dorsey, and Darren McFadden.
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