The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scheduled at least eight pre-draft visits at One Buccaneer Place with 2013 NFL Draft prospects. Find out which players the Bucs are targeting in this PewterReport.com article.
With less than a month before the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun hosting draft prospects at One Buccaneer Place. NFL teams can host up to 30 non-local players.
Draft prospects from the neighboring University of South Florida in Tampa do not count towards the 30 pre-draft visits because of their close proximity to One Buc Place. USF cornerback Kayvon Webster, who is expected to be a Day 3 (rounds 4-7) selection, has scheduled a visit with the Bucs.
But the Bucs are scheduled to visit with some of the draft’s elite players too, and have visits lined up with the likes of SMU defensive end Margus Hunt, Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan and Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker, as first reported by DraftInsider.net’s Tony Pauline. Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner has already visited the Bucs and former LSU cornerback Tyrann Matheiu, who was kicked off the Tigers football team for marijuana use, is at One Buc Place on Thursday.
Fluker has tremendous agility, power and size at 6-foot-5, 339 pounds. Although current starting right tackle Demar Dotson signed a three-year contract extension through 2016, Dotson doesn’t make more than $2 million in any given season, which opens the door for Fluker to come in and compete for the starting job.
Jordan and Milliner are expected to be top 10 picks, while Fluker and Hunt are considered to be mid- to late-first-rounders. Matheiu helped himself with an excellent showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and is expected to be selected between rounds 3-5 despite character concerns, which the Bucs are undoubtedly checking out thoroughly during his visit. Tampa Bay needs cornerback help after parting ways with E.J. Biggers in free agency and trading away former 2008 first-round pick Aqib Talib last fall.
The fact that Hunt, whom the team had an extensive interview with at the Senior Bowl, and Jordan are visiting One Buccaneer Place is an indication that the team is still concerned about its pass rush and is looking for edge rushers to team with projected starters Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers to get after the quarterback in 2013. Jordan likely won’t be available at No. 13 as he is expected to be a top 5 pick, but the Bucs are likely doing their due diligence in case he slips in the draft, or if a team wanting to trade down makes an enticing offer that would put Jordan in play.
The Bucs have also had a couple of running backs visit the team, including Texas A&M’s Christine Michael and Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell, and Southern Mississippi linebacker Jamie Collins. Michael and Bell figure to be mid-round picks and could provide a nice complement to Doug Martin, while Collins, who had a fantastic showing at the combine and is coming off a 10-sack season for the Golden Eagles, is expected to be drafted in the second round and could compete with Jonathan Casillas, Dekoda Watson and Adam Hayward for the starting strongside linebacker job as Quincy Black was released in March.
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