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May 9, 2014 @ 7:56 am
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Plenty Of Talent Available For Tampa Bay On Day 2

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Eric Dellaratta


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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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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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    I know we need OL depth but there are gems to be had in the 3rd-6th in that degree ( G.jackson + C.Linsley ). I'm looking for another WR or DT such as Allen Robinson- he has 174 catches and 2500+ yards over the last two years as the leading receiver in the big ten. He has 4.49 speed, 6'3 220 with 39'' vertical and 127'' broad jump. He had a 4.00sec 20m shuttle so you know he's quick. Idk why everyone overlooks him- the guy is a football player. Jernigan from FSU would be a nice addition to our front 7. I don't see an Olineman available that is worth our 2nd rounder at this point unless we trade back a few spots.
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    Well said scubog !! This team will never get above average if you keep trading back for average players and let someone else take the above average players. Go BPA, needs change from week to week, month to month. You will always have needs. Evans was above average player that fit a need but many thought that Donald would have been a great pick also. He mght not fit a need now but he was the BPA at the DT position that will be needed if McCoy goes down or we have a problem with his contract next year. Like Lovie said " solid players get you 4-12".
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    Just take the best player who hopefully is also a position of need. You don't start off this evening with the "gotta take a guard or center" mindset just because they are our greatest need today and pass on better players. Needs change by the time the season starts. Since Mike Glennon has been declared the "quarterback of the future" we can conclude that the future is not now. George Allen must be spinning in his grave.
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    I think they will trade back a few spots in the 2nd in order to get a 4th rounder. I still think they will go O-line in the second.
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    Offensive line should be the emphasis on Day 2, specifically OG. The pick should be OG Xavier Su'a Filo or OT/OG Joel Bitonio. However, because they’re keeping Glennon, our QB of the future, I think they go for the value pick and trade down to pick up a 4th and take either OT/OG Billy Turner or OG Trai Turner.
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    I think the whole "we love Mike Glennon" thing may be smoke so that other teams don't feel they have to trade up ahead of the bucs to get a QB. But I'm speculating.
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    After the Evans pick we should not double dip as that don't work, (Duminik has shown us that). This pick needs to be an OL. If they plan on keeping Glennon a QB would be a waste of a pick in this draft. Have better selections left in the 2nd as a few players that were thought to go in the 1st, didn't. If they pick for value it should be Carr if he is there or DL. Pick for need, should be OL. Should get a good player here.
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    Anyone but Carr at the top of the second..
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    Would LOVE it if we were able to get X. Su'a-Filo or gp WR then OL with next pick. WR's I like are M. Bryant, D. Moncrief, or D. Adams. All are tall WR's with speed to help out our offense.Wouldn't mind a D lineman either.
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    Sua-Fila or Jernigan in the second and Kieth McGill in the third would make my draft very nice, I'm not against the Bucs trading back to pick up a few extra picks
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    They should spend the rest of the draft on the O-line and perhaps one more corner, particularly guys that can play guard/tackle or guard/center. It would be hard to pass up a couple of NFL ready prospects like Marquise Lee and Jordan Matthews, however. They could also pick a guy like Ellington because of Lovie's preference for special teams. I would like to see Bitonio or Moses. This team still needs to be about ball control, wearing the other team down, capitalizing on opportunities, swarming defense and the creation of turnovers. I do not think they should pick a quarterback. They need a game manager. They have two. While McCown is old, he has very little mileage. Glennon can be exactly what they need him to be, plus he works very hard, which will continue to set the tone for the entire team after McCown is retired. To me, everything Lovie has done indicates he believes the team is built to win now, and not just win games and make the playoffs, but compete for a title. I read so many posts on this site and that other one about quarterbacks and Johnny Football. I don't get it. If you look back at the last 15 superbowl winners, the biggest factor in each of them was defense, causing turnovers and winning in the red zone.
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    In the 2nd round I'm torn between Xavier Su’a-Filo and Kony Ealy. Since RG is the bigger need I say go with Su'a-Filo.
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    Hoping for either of X-man or ASJ....or maybe both :-)
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