2012 Phinsider Community NFL Mock Draft - Pick 5, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The 2012 Phinsider Community NFL Mock Draft continues this morning, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock.

Let's review the picks so far:

Pick Team Player
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck, QB
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III, QB
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil, T
4 Cleveland Bowns Trent Richardson, RB

Now, we are waiting for:

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

GM: souwantmyname

You know, with that fourth pick, the Cleveland Browns picked up a solid runner, to replace Peyton Hills who...wait, apparently the Buccaneers' pick is in and the Commissioner is at the podium. Let's go to him.

With the fifth overall pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select:

Morris Clayborn, CB, LSU Tigers.
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 188 lbs.

From souwantmyname:

Claiborne is the top cornerback prospect in which many draft experts consider a strong class. Tampa Bay would probably have liked RB Trent Richardson to fall to them at 5th allowing them to take a Stephen Gilmore or a Alfonzo Dennard with their early 2nd rd. pick. Claiborne does fill a serious need for Tampa Bay now that CB Aqib Talib is likely facing serious jail time. Look for Tampa to draft a playmaker on offense with their 2nd round pick along the lines of a Lamar Miller or Colby Fleener.

From Walter Football:

Projected Round (2012): Top-10.
3/5/12: Claiborne's strong showing at the Combine helped to validate his stock, and he has proven himself to be the top cornerback prospect for the 2012 draft, and right now, he is the top-rated defensive prospect in the entire draft. In Indianapolis, Claiborne showed off his excellent coverage skills in the field drills. His length and athleticism are very rare, plus he had a nice 40-yard dash time.

Claiborne had a phenomenal season. He recorded three tackles and a leaping interception against Arkansas. Claiborne also had a signature performance for the Tigers regular-season game against Alabama. He was rock solid in pass coverage, making three tackles, a pass broken up and an excellent interception return for 33 yards. That clutch interception set up the game-tying field goal that would eventually force overtime. Claiborne started out slowly but finished the SEC Championship Game strong with an interception against Georgia. He was solid but quiet in the rematch against Alabama.

In 2011, Claiborne had 51 tackles with six passes broken up to go along with his six interceptions. He is a game-changer who is going to bring speed and playmaking ability to the team that drafts him. Claiborne has the agility and athleticism to be an elite cover corner along with the ball skills to punish teams for throwing in his direction.

Claiborne provides excellent pass coverage in man and zone due to a special combination of speed and instincts. He also made a number of big plays returning kicks this season.

8/25/11: Morris Claiborne had an impressive debut for the Tigers in 2010. He recorded five interceptions with 37 tackles and six passes defensed. With Patrick Peterson on the other side, Claiborne held up well with a lot of passes thrown his direction. He has a plus skill set and could be in store for a big 2011 season. Claiborne was an All-SEC second-teamer and has the ability to get better and move up in the draft.

The St. Louis Rams are on the clock.

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