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May 10, 2014 @ 8:20 am
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Potential Tampa Bay Draft Targets On Day 3

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The Bucs have selected three offensive players in the first three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. Will Tampa Bay draft some defensive players? Who will the Bucs target in rounds 4-7? Find out here.
Through two days, offense has been the theme of the Buccaneers' 2014 draft. After Tampa Bay drafted Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans in the first round, the team added Washington's 6-foot-5, 262-pound tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round. In the third round, the Buccaneers surprised everyone and selected West Virginia running back Charles Sims, who was a PewterReport.com Bucs' Best Bet, despite having a plethora of productive running backs on the team, including Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey, Jeff Demps and Mike James. Evans, Seferian-Jenkins and Sims are all great receivers with excellent hands.

With three more draft picks in store for Saturday, Tampa Bay will continue to add more talent to their roster, and perhaps a defensive player for defensive-minded head coach Lovie Smith. Here is a look at the positions and players the Bucs could target in rounds 4-7 on the third day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Much has been made of the fact that the Buccaneers have not addressed their need at guard thus far in the draft, but there are still some players left that could be impact players along the offensive line. Two names that have fallen farther than expected are Baylor’s Cyril Richardson, whose stock was decimated after a poor showing at the Senior Bowl, and Stanford’s David Yankey, who was thought of as a Day 2 prospect by many in the draft community. A few names to keep an eye on as the draft gets into rounds six and seven are Boise State’s Charles Leno and Purdue’s Kevin Pamphile, who played left tackle for the Boilermakers.

If the Buccaneers want to continue the trend of drafting players that can catch the football, there are lots of other options at wide receiver heading into day three. Wyoming’s Robert Herron offers great quickness and speed to compensate for his lack of height (5-9, 193). He’d be an ideal slot receiver in the Buccaneers offense. Some bigger receivers that are available include Rutgers’ Brandon Coleman, who stands 6-foot-6, and weighs 225 pounds. Alabama’s Kevin Norwood, who has great hands and route-running skills, is also available along with Pittsburgh’s Devin Street. Florida's Solomon Patton and Oklahoma's Jalen Saunders could be late-round picks and both bring the ability to factor into the return game.

Adding another linebacker into the fold would not be a bad idea for the Buccaneers, and there are a few talented ones left on the board. Florida State’s Telvin Smith is undersized but plays with great intensity and speed. Smith's Seminoles teammate Christian Jones is versatile and athletic. The Buccaneers have shown pre-draft interest in LSU’s Lamin Barrow, a linebacker who has good measurables and tackles well. In the later rounds, a target for the Buccaneers could be Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George a feisty, productive linebacker with a great motor.

With Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks leading the way as the Buccaneers’ top two cornerbacks, Tampa Bay could look to Day 3 of the draft to find a player to compete for the nickel or dime cornerback spot. South Carolina’s Victor Hampton is an aggressive cornerback with great tackling skills. He’d be an intriguing fit in Lovie Smith’s defense. A potential Third Day steal could be Oregon State’s Rashaad Reynolds, who is a cornerback with great aggressiveness and instincts that would fit great with the Buccaneers. Missouri’s E.J. Gaines, Liberty’s Walt Aikens, and Duke’s Ross Cockrell are all cornerbacks to keep an eye on near the end of the draft.

Princeton defensive tackle Cauron Reid is versatile, athletic and strong player that can play either nose tackle or three-technique. Bloomsburg defensive end Larry Webster is a bit of a project, but he is long and athletic and has met privately with the Buccaneers.

Through three rounds, the Buccaneers have not selected a quarterback and it appears that Lovie Smith was not delivering a smokescreen when he declared Mike Glennon as the “quarterback of the future.” Yet some big names are still available, including Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, and San Jose State’s David Fales. Some late-round names to look out for include SMU’s Garrett Gilbert, Wyoming’s Brett Smith, Ball State’s Keith Wenning and Clemson's Tajh Boyd.

– Scott Reynolds contributed to this report
Last modified on Saturday, 10 May 2014 08:27

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    Eric hit on a third one-UDFA. We picked up Brett Smith QB from Wyoming.
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    Hats off to Eric for hitting on two late round targets, Pamphile and Herron. Nice to be on a site that wasn't obsessed with all the hype over the mediocre class of quarterbacks and had a sense of the current regime's strategy--an all out wffort to upgrade offensive talent. Very impressive. I have to believe that Tedlock had a lot to do with the blueprint for this draft. It's nice to see a staff in which all the coaches are working together toward a common goal. Personally, I doubt whether any of the drafted quarterbacks will exceed Glennon's 19 touchdown passes last year and it's good to see that the staff will give him a change to evolve under their guidance.
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    I'll be interested to see what surprise players Licht and coach Smith have in store for us today! I saw some of the oline from small schools during pro-day reports; I know there's plenty of oline left. But, they might not be best available!
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    Some of my best remaining, De Jackson Jeffcoat , Ol David Yankey, Qb Aaron Murray, Dt Caraun Reid, Wr Jared Abredaris, Te Arthur Lynch, Qb Connor Shaw, Ot Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Lb Shayne Skov, Qb Tajh Boyd, Hb Tyler Gaffney, Dt George Uko, Te Jake Murphy, Lb Lamin Barrow, Fb Trey Millard(with the run on O players, this is kind of the player I'd like to get to complete the skill positions overhawl!), Wr Jeff Janis, Hb Isaiah Crowell, Qb Keith Wenning, Qb Garrett Gilbert, Qb Stephon Morris, Qb Keith Price, Hb Ladarius Perkins, Dt Tenny Palepoi, Wr Tevin Reese, De Tevin Mims, Wr Austin Franklin, Hb Antonio Andrews, Lb Jeremiah George, Lb Morgan Breslin,
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    . . . and I doubt that I know all the players. So, there's plenty of pickings.
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    I agree with horse and the rest of you who believe in the BPA philosophy. Finally a regime that drafts for talent and not need. Fill needs in FA.
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    Army1ton, Harris Bivin from Murray is a very close friend of my son.They played and roomed together at MSU and remain tight.I would love this pick.He is a nasty redneck with an attitude and plays with a violent streak.Maybe I could get sideline passes if he made the roster.Im all in lol
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    What about a Harris Bivin out of Murray State. He could play center or guard. He is a player that is underrated. Look at the game film against Florida state.
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    Team definitely went BPA and I like it!
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    I say we keep doing what we are doing; BPA works for me. there will be a lot of Free Agents wanting to come to Tampa because they know we need depth. Some of the leftovers from Schiano will be cut and free agents will replace them. I am very excited about this team. We are finding BPA players that fit the schemes. I hope we trade down and acquire more picks at rounds 6 & 7.
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    @horse... I agree completely. Our offense looks like a chicago clone with vj and mike evens (marshall and Jeffery) Austin Jenkins ( bennet ) and now simms ( forte ) and I like that a lot. Im with you in the fact that I'm very excited for this team and the rest of the draft. Go bucs!!
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    If we are able to get both Telvin Smith and David Yankey then I would call this draft a massive success.
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