One area in desperate need of an upgrade for Tampa Bay is at cornerback. The Buccaneers will likely address the position early on in April’s draft – possibly in the first round – but it wouldn’t shock anyone if they added a few defensive backs, even a late round selection. PewterReport.com focused Tuesday’s feature on the secondary, particularly two DBs – one from each team – who went to big universities and lined up against and along side some of college football’s elite.
Brian Poole, a defensive back from Florida, was known for his physicality in college and it clearly showed up during the second practice. Poole finished his senior season with 39 tackles, including 26 solo stops. While he failed to record an interception in 2015, the 5-foot-10, 211-pound prospect picked off four passes in 2014, including two against Jameis Winston in a 24-19 loss to Florida State. He also returned his final INT, against East Carolina in the Bowl game, for a touchdown. In 2014, his junior season, he had 45 tackles, two forced fumbles and nine pass breakups. In a crowded secondary at Florida – Vernon Hargreaves III, Jalen Tabor and Quincey Williams, among others – Poole made a name for himself as a versatile player who grinds everyday at practice and plays tough in games.
Below is the transcript from his interview
Brian Poole, CB Florida
(On his second day at practice)
“Second day went well. Starting to get a lot more comfortable out here and everything. First day was a little slippery, but it feels good now.”
(On what kind of CB he is)
“I’m a press guy. I’m more of a physical DB, like to press and put my hands on them. I can play physical.”
(On fitting 4-3 scheme)
“I feel like I can fit any defense. I can pretty much play anything in the secondary – safety, corner, nickel, inside or outside or anywhere. Wherever they need me I can play it.”
(On talking to Bucs)
(On fitting 4-3 scheme)
“I feel like I can fit any defense. I can pretty much play anything in the secondary.”
“There’s a difference but everyone out here is pretty good. Playing in the SEC helps me out, just going against the other guys.”
(On 4 INTs in 2014)
“Just a knack for the ball, being in the right place and staying disciplined. Good things happen. Turnovers are definitely important.”
(On college teammate Vernon Hargreaves III)
“He’s great, sensational. He’s definitely top 10. I would say that he should be the No. 1 pick overall – in my eyes. It’s his preparation that really sets him apart from everybody else. I mean he just has a knack for the ball and he prepares well and he usually plays well.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Zach can you do me one favor please? Would you please include all who you mention their height and weight. It does help me in evaluation of player.
Pink: His legs look pretty beefy. Your assesment?
Pink: His legs look pretty beefy. Your assessment?
Would like to see at LEAST 2 CB’s taken in this draft. Tough kid. Would make a nice slot CB.
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