Quick Hit: 2008 NFL Draft Q&A

Chris Steuber is Scout.com's NFL Draft analyst. He recently published his fifth 2008 Mock Draft. In our third edition of the 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Q&A, I ask him to break down his projected pick for the Bucs. To read more of my Q&A with Steuber, check back on Monday for the entire premium Q&A.

Matthew Postins: You're flipping more than Mitt Romney. First DeSean Jackson. Then Gosder Cherlius. Now it's USC linebacker Keith Rivers. Of course, I'm kidding. A malleable draft board is a given this time of year. The Bucs are anticipated to have the No. 20 selection, and you have them taking Rivers here. Why should the Bucs take Rivers and why did Cherlius fall out of your first round completely?

Chris Steuber: There is no valid reason why I have the Bucs taking Rivers at No. 20, except for the fact that he was the best player available at the selection for Tampa. I don't think many teams go into a draft with the philosophy of drafting the best talent; a lot of what they do depends on their needs. But if there is a player on the board that you know is a legitimate stud, you have to take him regardless of the position he plays. I think the selection of Rivers falls into that category. Cherilus is falling because many are concerned that he may be a right tackle and not a left tackle. Boston College moved him over to left tackle this year and he played well, but he didn't stand out. He was a dominant right tackle and he started 37 consecutive games on the right side prior to this year. He's a good player, but he may fall out of the first round because he's a natural right tackle.

Did you miss Steuber's most recent mock draft? Click here to check out his complete first-round selections.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.

Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.


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