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BRING JAMMAL BROWN TO TOWN

Who should the Bucs take with their fifth pick in the draft?

He's 6 feet 6, 312 pounds and his Outland Trophy validates his reputation as the nation's top collegiate lineman.

Oklahoma senior right tackle Jammal Brown is no flashy quick-fix for the Bucs. He's a long-term investment for a team that has too often refinanced its future.

An anchor for a line that supported two Heisman Trophy contenders, he will be overanalyzed by draftniks, who will complain that he doesn't "dominate." Funny, Tony Mandarich "dominated" at Michigan State.

Here's what matters: A defensive lineman in high school learning on the job at an elite program, Brown allowed no sacks, no hurries, no quarterback hits this season. Forget the Orange Bowl. He could harden the Bucs' soft underbelly.

Nine years ago, the expansion Baltimore Ravens eschewed running back Lawrence Phillips to select Outland Trophy tackle Jonathan Ogden with the fourth pick in the draft. Ogden's still there, with his Super Bowl ring and snapshots from his eight straight Pro Bowls. (The four other Outland winners taken in the first round since _ Robert Gallery (2003), Bryant McKinnie (2001), Chris Samuels (1999), Orlando Pace (1996) _ would look good here or anywhere else, for that matter).

The Bucs have the No. 5 pick in the draft. The Super Bowl team has crashed and burned. Brown is the rock on which I would build.

COTEY vs. JAMES

Who won the argument? Cast your vote online at www.sptimes.com/faceoff. We'll tally the votes each week and at the end of 5 weeks, kick out the loser and bring another writer on board.

LAST WEEK

141 Cotey to 338 Brant

THE SCORE

0 Cotey to 1 Brant

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