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2013 NFL Draft: What We Know (And Donít Know) About The Tampa Bay Buccaneersí Draft Targets


Mar 24th, 2013 at 5:36 pm

 by Leo Howell

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Every year, teams meet with players in the months leading up to the draft, and it can indicate a bit of the draft strategy of a particular team. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the current list of players they are known to have met with is short, and doesnít reveal as much about the Buccaneersí draft plans as fans would like. There are no meetings with Xavier Rhodes reported, and no meetings have been noted between the Buccaneers and any of the premier pass rushers. but according to the fine folks at Walter Football, we do have an idea of some of the players the front office has met with. Hereís the list:
 

Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
 Mike Catapano, DL, Princeton
 Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
 Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
 Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
 Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
 Brendan Melanophy, DB, Fordham
 Christine Michael RB, Texas A&M
 David Quessenberry, OL, San Jose State
 J.C. Tretter, OL, Cornell
 Desmond Trufant, DB, Washington
 Brian Winters, OL, Kent State



As weíve stated here at the Pewter Plank, Desmond Trufant is the one top cornerback prospect that makes the most sense for the Buccaneers, but constitutes a reach at the 13th selection. Itís no surprise that they have met with him, and may target him if he slides down the draft board. The interest in Lane Johnson is certainly something to notice, but itís not out of the question for him to be on the board at number 13. Drafting an offensive tackle that high would be a bit of a surprise, but Johnson would be great value at the 13th pick. The interest in tight ends Escobar (who we profiled earlier) and McDonald shows that the Buccaneers are likely looking at picking up a tight end in the middle rounds of the draft.
 
The other offensive linemen being interviewed are late round prospects, which is a very likely strategy the Buccaneers will employ. Offensive skill players Christine Michael and Marquise Goodwin are both middle to late round picks who would provide depth at running back and wide receiver respectively.
 
I think the most important thing to draw from this list is to not try and draw too much from this list. The Buccaneers tend to be a quieter organization when it comes to player interest in the first place, and the draft is one area where teams are extremely hesitant to show their cards. The NFL Draft is one big chess match, and even with Twitter and websites scouring all of their sources for news, the biggest and most important scouting and meetings will be held closely to teamsí chests until the draft is over.
 
So itís nice to read a bit about the players the Buccaneers have reportedly met with, but the big names that Mark Dominik has his eyes on will only be revealed on draft day. Donít be surprised if one or two of the players above get selected, but there are likely dozens of other names on the top of the Bucs draft board that we may never know about.




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ę #1 : March 25, 2013, 09:27:46 AM Ľ

Or maybe they are looking at second round and on guys because they aren't planning to have their first round pick this year due to a trade?

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ę #2 : March 25, 2013, 10:09:54 AM Ľ

Or maybe they are looking at second round and on guys because they aren't planning to have their first round pick this year due to a trade?

I hope you are wrong. We did pretty well in the early rounds last year. I would like to see that become a trend.

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ę #3 : March 25, 2013, 10:22:55 AM Ľ

I would live for it to become a trend too, however picking up a 27 year old stud corner for a 1st and next years second I would be ok with that.

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ę #4 : March 25, 2013, 12:38:11 PM Ľ

Would love to have Gavin Escobar...

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ę #5 : March 25, 2013, 08:56:46 PM Ľ

There's a lot to like in that list. Lane Johnson would be a sweet pickup. Also like those two TE as mid round prospects.

Goodwin is interesting. He has real speed, and when you watch him at the combine you can tell he has trouble tracking the deep ball. His production isn't special either.

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ę #6 : March 25, 2013, 09:01:01 PM Ľ

Going into the season with Revis and Trufant wouldn't be bad at all.


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