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Kiper first mock draft: Tenn S Eric Berry to Bucs at No. 3

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Get ready for three months of NFL draft projections. The top draft guru, Mel Kiper, has released his first mock draft.

It includes underclassmen. In fact, 21 of the top 32 picks in the mock draft are underclassmen.

This is huge draft for the Bucs, who own five of the top 99 picks, including the third overall and two, second-rounders. Fortunately for the Bucs, the 2010 draft is loaded with defensive line talent.

Kiper has Nebraska defensive Ndamukong Suh going to the St. Louis Rams with the first overall pick. The Detroit Lions are projected to take Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

With the third overall pick, Kiper projects the Bucs to select Tennessee safety Eric Berry.

Berry will be linked to the Bucs for many reasons, not the least of which he played at Tennessee for former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Safety is not the Bucs' biggest need. But Tanard Jackson is one infraction away from being suspended indefinitely and Sabby Piscitelli has not panned out.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:54pm]

    

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