Draft day is right around the corner and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finishing up with their pre-draft visits this week. Tennessee safety Eric Berry, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant, and Syracuse wide receiver Mike Willliams all visited One Buc Place on Monday. On Tuesday, the team is scheduled to visit with Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
The Bucs are receiving visits today from Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant, Syracuse receiver Mike Williams and safety Eric Berry.
Source: St. Petersburg Times - Rick Stroud
PewterReport.com's Take: Tampa Bay's pre-draft visits cover a variety of topics. One of the most important things the team wants to do is to find out more about a player's character. Two out of the three prospects that visited the Bucs today have been absent from the gridiron at one point of their college careers. Those players are wide receivers Dez Bryant and Mike Williams.
The Bucs are in the market for a wide receiver and both of Bryant and Williams could be options on draft day. Bryant is an expected middle to late draft choice in round one and he could be an option if the team was to trade down in the first round or trade back into the first round to aquire him. Bryant, 21, has some maturity issues and missed most of last season due to an NCAA suspension.
Mike Williams could be considered by the Bucs during day two or three of the draft. Williams had a very productive college career, but he decided to leave football in 2008. Although Williams came back in 2009, he left NFL teams wondering about his commitment. The Bucs have shown their concern about bringing in players with questionable character this offseason and this was reinforced as they did not pursue new Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes due to his character concerns.
Safety Eric Berry could also be in the mix if for Tampa Bay if the team was to trade down in the first round. Berry hasn't been linked to any character problems like the other prospects that visited on Monday. Berry is also familiar with the Tampa 2 scheme, as he played under former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in college. The Tennessee star might be the only player of the three to visit today that could be a candidate to be selected with the Bucs third overall selection, although that would be very unlikely if either Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy were still available.