With the 35th pick in the 2010 BGN Draft, kingmcnabb5 selects...
Kareem Jackson - CB, Alabama
Playing the role of Tampa's front office, I like solid NFL-ready guys like Golden Tate who could solidify my team's receiving corps and provide the young Josh Freeman with some legitimate, developmental options in the passing game. However, there are greater needs that have yet to be filled and some quality defenders remain on the board. Since DT Gerald McCoy was selected by the Bucs earlier in this mock Draft, there is less of a requirement to focus on the defensive line (at least this early in the Draft), and attention can rather be placed on the thin secondary.
Kareem Jackson, 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds, isn't the hardest hitting or most talented cornerback of the 2010 rookie class, but is arguably one of the best press coverage men in the Draft. Alongside two-year veteran Aqib Talib, Jackson could certainly blend into the secondary and could probably start on opening day. His bump-and-cover style of play and impressive recognition of offensive schemes and strategies makes him a wise selection at the 35th spot by myself (the Buccaneers). 22 years old and a three-year performer at Alabama, he recorded a career total of five interceptions, while notching at least 41 tackles in each of his seasons.
His aggressiveness and explosion towards the line of scrimmage also benefits what was simply a poor Tampa Bay defense in '09 (and, frankly, for years prior as well). His lack of attitude and strong work ethic also make the Buccaneers better in the mere fact that chemistry can be developed between Jackson and the club with ease; of course, his skills on the field are what will help the most.