With the 20th selection, the Bucs take …

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock in the first round of the NFL Draft in less than 48 hours. Bucsblitz.com's Matthew Postins spun around the Web to see what other experts were doing in their mock drafts. The results are below, and some of the selections are surprising.

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After a quick spin around the Web, I found several sites that made a selection for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 20. I make my final selection at No. 20 on Friday in my weeklong mock draft.

But what are other football minds thinking? That's what I set out to find out and the results surprised me. I took a look at a dozen mock drafts and there was no consensus, which tells me that the Bucs could do something surprising on Saturday in the first round. See which players other experts are selecting, and naturally, I have something to say about each pick.

WR Devin Thomas — Chris Steuber, Scout.com Draft Analyst; Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

My take: My only concern is that he's only been a starter in college for one year. So in less than three years Thomas has gone from junior college to the NFL? I wonder if he might struggle his first year. Plus, I'm not 100 percent sure there's a wide receiver worthy of a first-round pick. There could be safer picks here.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie — Don Banks, SI.com

My take: Nice pick, but he won't be there. Corners look like they're going fast and if he slides past No. 10 and New Orleans I'd be surprised.

WR DeSean Jackson — Vic Carruci, NFL.com

My take: I think he's the most likely pick if the Bucs choose to draft a wide receiver. He's slight (169 pounds), but he can fly and the Bucs need that, plus what he offers in the return game.

CB Antoine Cason — Pat Kirwan, NFL.com

My take: If there's a run on corners and Cason is on the board at No. 20, you might just hear his name. He'll be part of the conversation if he's there.

CB Aqib Talib — Mike Mayock, NFL.com; Dave Goldberg, Associated Press

My take: I think he'll be there, but I don't think he's a particularly good fit for the Bucs' defense. Plus, those character concerns set off red flags at One Buc Place.

CB Mike Jenkins — Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com; Scott Wright, NFLDraftCountdown.com

My take: I think he'll be there at No. 20. A guy like this can become a star in Monte Kiffin's defense pretty fast, fast enough to push a guy like Phillip Buchanon out of a job by next season.

RB Jamaal Charles — Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

My take: Goose is the best in the business and he takes this stuff seriously (he has his own draft board and rankings at his home in Big D). But even I have to raise an eyebrow at selecting Charles here. I think he slides into the second round, but the Bucs have met with him so keep an eye out.

Early Doucet — SportingNews.com

My take: There's nothing that tells me this is going to happen Saturday. I think there are much better selections if the Bucs want a wide receiver on Saturday.

So at least there's a consensus on need. It should be a wide receiver or a cornerback on Saturday. But who? Stay tuned — and stop by Bucsblitz.com for complete coverage.


Did you miss the previous selections in Matthew Postins' final mock draft? Access them here:

Round 2.

Round 3.

Round 4.

Round 5.


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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