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February 27, 2010 @ 4:40 am
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Monte Kiffin, Eric Berry Hope The Safety Lands In Tampa Bay

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Tennessee safety Eric Berry discussed the Buccaneers at the NFL Scouting Combine and said Tampa Bay is the team he wants to land with. The Buccaneers hold the third overall pick in the first round, and Berry is hoping that the Bucs chose him with that selection. Last season Berry was coached by long-time Buccaneer defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Under Kiffin, Berry feels he got great preparation for the NFL. Kiffin also believes that Berry would be a perfect player for the Buccaneers. Berry and Kiffin talked about Tampa Bay at the combine in Indianapolis.

"Definitely, going to Tampa, that's easy," he said. "I already know their playbook. I already know everything from the D-line to the linebackers to the corners. I know what they're supposed to do and where they're supposed to be at. But I really don't try to focus on any one team because you never know."

Kiffin, who followed his son, Lane Kiffin, to USC, believes Berry will make some team happy.

"People will love him if he's at Tampa or St. Louis," Kiffin said. "He'll be just like Ronde Barber, Derrick Brooks or Mike Alstott. He'll be sitting there signing autographs for people all day."

Source: St. Petersburg Times - Rick Stroud

PewterReport.com's Take: Kiffin has been singing Berry's praises for months, and has given Berry a public and private recommendation to the Bucs front office. Tampa Bay is in the market for competition at the safety position. Sabby Piscitelli had a rough season, and Tanard Jackson had a four-game suspension to start the year. It remains to be seen if the Bucs would neglect more dire needs in order to use their first-round pick on Berry. Pewter Report had heard that Berry wants to be a Buccaneer, and we will have more on that in the near future.

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