Who will Tampa Bay target on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft on Friday? Could the Bucs double up on the wide receiver position on Friday after drafting Texas A&M's Mike Evans on Thursday? What other players could be on Tampa Bay's radar? find out in his article.
With the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft in the books, it’s time to look ahead Day 2, which features rounds two and three. Tampa Bay added a playmaker to its offense on Thursday by selecting Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans with their seventh overall selection, and will look to add more talent to their roster on Friday. Here are some positions that the team could address on day two, along with players the Bucs could be targeting. QUARTERBACKS
Lovie Smith said in his Thursday press conference that second-year quarterback Mike Glennon is “our quarterback of the future,” but Lovie has thrown a few smokescreens to the media in the short amount of time that he’s been Tampa Bay’s head coach. If they are serious about adding an signal caller in the second round, Fresno State’s Derek Carr could make the most sense with their 38th overall selection. He has a rocket arm and has connections with new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford. Another quarterback that could interest the team in the second round is Eastern Illinois passer Jimmy Garoppolo, who is athletic and would fit what the Buccaneers are looking for in a quarterback. Both players visited One Buccaneer Place this offseason.GUARDS
If the Buccaneers want to address the guard position a player that could intrigue them in the second round is UCLA’s Xavier Su’a-Filo. He’s a versatile player with great athleticism and a strong punch. He could be in the mix when the Buccaneers pick in the second round. The Bucs could also consider Nevada's versatile lineman Joel Bitonio, who can play guard or right tackle, in the second round. North Dakota State guard Billy Turner is a potential third-round option whom the Buccaneers have shown interest in during the pre-draft process. LINEBACKERS
BYU's Kyle Van Noy is still on the draft board and he's excelled as a defender who has forced a lot of fumbles and intercepted passes. Van Noy is a great blitzer and could compete with Jonathan Casillas for the starting strongside linebacker in the Tampa 2 defense. The Bucs also like Wisconsin middle linebacker Chris Borland, who had 14 forced fumbles and 17 sacks in his career, as well as Florida State outside linebacker Telvin Smith, who had three picks as a senior and excels in coverage. Smith ran a 4.52 in the 40-yard dash and has the speed the Bucs crave.
North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, who was Detroit’s first-round pick, was the only tight end that was selected on the first day of the draft. Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas and tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz are all still on the board on Friday. Perhaps one of those tight ends could intrigue general manager Jason Licht to pull the trigger in Round 2 or even Round 3 if they happen to fall. WIDE RECEIVERS
If the value is right, drafting back-to-back receivers might not be out of the question for Tampa Bay. The team could look for a speedy slot receiver to add some more explosiveness to offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford’s offense. USC’s Marqise Lee wasn’t selected on Thursday and is still on the board heading into Day 2. He’s an extremely athletic player with tremendous route-running skills. The 6-foot, 190-pound receiver could also be a factor on special teams as a kick and punter returner. Ole Miss' Donte Moncrief is also on Tampa Bay's target list. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Rebel has 4.40 speed and is great runner after the catch. Clemson's Martavis Bryant is another big, fast receiver. He's 6-foot-4, 211 pounds and runs a 4.42, which was a tick faster than his Tigers teammate, Sammy Watkins, who ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash. Colorado’s Paul Richardson is another potential third-round selection that could add some more athleticism to the Buccaneers’ receiving corps. He's 6-foot-1, 170 pounds and has instant acceleration and 4.40 speed.DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
A few defensive linemen are still on the board that were expected to go in the first round, including Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, Minnesota defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, and Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy. Those players should be drafted in the second round. The Buccaneers could be intrigued by one of the defensive tackles to pair with Gerald McCoy, while a defensive end is less of a need and could be waited on until later in the draft. CORNERBACKS
A name to look out for heading into Friday’s second and third round is Rice cornerback Phillip Gaines, who is an athletic, well-round player that would be a nice fit in the Buccaneers defense. Tampa Bay has some talent behind Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks at the cornerback position, but in today’s NFL a team can never have too many talented cornerbacks, especially with New Orleans drafting speedy Brandin Cooks with 4.34 speed, and Carolina drafting 6-foot-5, 245-pound receiver Kelvin Benjamin. With a 6-foot, 193-pound frame and a 40-yard dash time of 4.34, Gaines would bring a nice blend of size and speed to Tampa Bay’s secondary.
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