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April 28, 2012 @ 5:46 pm
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Tampa Bay Drafts FB-TE Dunsmore With Final Pick

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Scott Reynolds

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The Buccaneers ended the 2012 NFL Draft on an offensive note with the selection of Northwestern's Drake Dunsmore, who will be used as a fullback and a tight end in Tampa Bay. Dunsmore was the second of Tampa Bay's two seventh-round picks.
With their final choice in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers used the 233rd overall pick to select Northwestern’s Drake Dunsmore, who is expected to play fullback and tight end in Tampa Bay.

Dunsmore finished his Northwestern career with 143 receptions for 1,567 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has been pretty consistent in terms of offensive production, catching 47 passes for 523 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore, recording 40 catches for 381 yards and five scores as a junior and finishing his time with the Wildcats with 45 receptions for 522 yards and a career-high six touchdowns in 2011 as a senior.

At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Dunsmore played tight end and H-back for the Wildcats, but has added 10 pounds this offseason and now weighs 245 pounds. He will likely play tight end and fullback and be used as a move tight end in the slot for the Buccaneers.

“I think so,” Dunsmore said. “I am not 100 percent sure. I have not talked with the coaches in depth, so it is something I will be finding out for myself a little more coming up this week in mini-camp.

“If you turn on the tape of me you wont see me blocking that much over the past four years. I’d say I am an eager blocker. You’d be able to tell that by the way I block outside as a receiver and as a slot guy going in motion. But I haven’t had an opportunity to block a lot in line, and that is something I am really eager to learn from the coaches up there and the tight ends that are already in Tampa. I hope to progress in that department.”

Dunsmore has pretty good speed, evidenced by catches of 47, 66 and 69 yards in his career. He was timed at running the 40-yard dash at 4.64 in front of NFL scouts.

The Northwestern product has already had some highlights in Tampa Bay, including a tackle-breaking 66-yard touchdown catch in the Outback Bowl in 2009.

“You know what I love playing at Raymond James,” Dunsmore said. “It was a great game. Great weather. I had a lot of fun out in Tampa with my teammates at the Outback Bowl and I am excited to get back down there and play a few more games there.”

Dunsmore, who is from Lenexa, Kan., is eager to catch passes from another Kansas City native, Josh Freeman.

“I am really excited about it,” Dunsmore said. “I haven’t really had a chance to see him play a lot but everything I hear are good things. I had a chance to meet him when he was out here in Kansas City and I am excited to get to Tampa to start working with him and see just how great a quarterback he is.”

Dunsmore is also excited about working with Tampa Bay’s starting tight end, Kellen Winslow.

“I don’t know a whole lot about him, honestly,” Dunsmore said. “I just know from what I have seen from highlights. From what I have seen he seems like a real athletic tight end. I am eager to meet him and learn from him. “

Dunsmore’s father, Pat, played college football at Drake, played tight end for two years (1983-84) with the Chicago Bears. Dunsmore was named Drake after his father’s alma mater.

Aside from Dunsmore, the Buccaneers only have one fullback on the 2012 roster in Erik Lorig, and have five tight ends in Winslow, Luke Stocker, Zack Pianalto, Chase Coffman and Colin Franklin.

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    They do not need a fullback. Lorig or Blount and Martin out there together is all they need. Offenses are changing, very, very rarely do teams use a fullback anymore. They can say they will pound the ball all they want, but the fact is that means a 45% to 55% in favor of the pass in todays NFL. In the past it could have been 60-40 in favor of the run, but those days are gone. This kid looks to be a pass catching TE to play along Stocker if he pans out because K2's days are numbered.
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    When he said, "If you turn on the tape you won't see me blocking much" I thought he was quoting K2. He did say he wants to develop that aspect of his game. Whereas K2 would go around the block to avoid the block. Blocking TE's seem to be a thing of the past these days. I'd still like to see OT Demar Dotson in that role. It's going to be interesting to see our collection of TE's compete in Training Camp. I still have high hopes for Stocker.
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    Ernest Graham when he was healthy did a decent job of blocking from the fullback position and he was only 225 pounds. Dunsmore at 245 pounds and eager to learn, in the hands of coaches who are good teachers, could be a very effective blocker for us, but with his speed and good hands he also is versatile enough to be able to gain yards on passes as Graham did at one time, and Mike Alstott before him. Hopefully he can also carry the ball in short yardage too. I think this is an excellent pick for the seventh round.
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    I like his potential as an H-back but I don't as a fullback. There were a lot of FB's drafted this year by other teams. You can get a really good FB in the 5th or 6th round. Why don't we ever draft the style of FB that has proven to be so successful in the NFL: Stocky guys that are about 5'11" 248 lb with no neck and legs like tree trunks. Guys that are built for nothing but knocking the snot out of people, not guys built to run routes and catch passes. This looks like a decent pick given the draft position, but next year I would like to see the Bucs looking to get the top FB in the draft with a relatively high pick (again, 5th or 6th rounder).
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    This makes a lot of sense to me and I am not sure if Winslow will be able to practice and play in games consistently this year. We have Jackson and Benn who can do what Winslow did last year which was to run for 10-15 yards and come back five yards. I think the Coach wants bigger/stronger TE's.
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    “If you turn on the tape of me you wont see me blocking that much over the past four years. I’d say I am an eager blocker. You’d be able to tell that by the way I block outside as a receiver and as a slot guy going in motion. But I haven’t had an opportunity to block a lot in line, and that is something I am really eager to learn from the coaches up there and the tight ends that are already in Tampa. I hope to progress in that department.” fascinating; i'm certainly excited about him and Michael Smith(at least in terms of our seventh round picks)!
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