With the Fifth Pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select...

Feb 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Trent Richardson speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With the fifth pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select...

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

This selection and write-up was made by Rounds94:

After doing research on the needs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was difficult to make the decision between Trent Richardson and LSU’s cornerback Morris Claiborne. Tampa Bay is in desperate need to bolster up a needy secondary, but I felt that Richardson was a talent that can’t be passed up.

I have found there is a great deal of Buccaneer fans that would be very happy with Richardson in their backfield next season. He has great strength and soft hands. He is widely considered to be the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.

Richardson should make an immediate impact on whatever team drafts him. I respect teams that have a solid running game and Richardson will make other teams have to game plan for him.

I wouldn’t be surprised if he accumulated over 1,500 yards of total offense in his rookie season.

Are the Buccaneers facing a similar situation to the Browns at running back, where they have to decide if they will stay with a big back (LaGarette Blount) or go with the "elite" guy? The Buccaneers had everything go wrong for them last year, but I think it would be a better pick to take Morris Claiborne to help out against high octane offenses like the Saints (and potentially the Panthers).

The Washington Redskins are on the clock next (email will be sent to Groza).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Indianapolis Andrew Luck
QB Stanford Ryno III
2 St. Louis
Matt Kalil LT USC SpecialBrownie
3 Minnesota Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State pt_999
4 Cleveland Robert Griffin III QB Baylor rufio
5 Tampa Bay
Trent Richardson RB Alabama Rounds94
6 Washington Groza
7 Jacksonville Chalmdeezy
8 Miami gentryholdem
9 Carolina nickjs21
10 Buffalo The New Kardiac Kids
11 Kansas City
Brownie's Year
12 Seattle Jon @ DBN
13 Arizona Browns town
14 Dallas bross09
15 Philadelphia PaduaDSP
16 N.Y. Jets
Legoman0721
17 Cincinnati
Bernie19Kosar
18 San Diego Adrock2009
19 Chicago OrangeAndBrownFever
20 Tennessee iwearmocs
21 Cincinnati Bernie19Kosar
22 Cleveland rufio
23 Detroit nickmar19
24 Pittsburgh rdy
25 Denver notthatnoise
26 Houston troy145
27 New England
Boston Browns
28 Green Bay
ScottJC
29 Baltimore Ecwingen
30 San Francisco -bobby-
31 New England
Boston Browns
32 N.Y. Giants
Red-Right-88
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