BUCS’ PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: FSs
The Buccaneers could surprise a lot of folks and draft a free safety early – perhaps as early as the third round. That premise has been written about in a recent edition of SR’s Fab 5 and also in PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft.
Tampa Bay has been scouting mid-round safeties hard this offseason despite the re-signing of Major Wright and the addition of free safety Chris Conte. Wright signed a two-year deal and Conte inked a one-year pact with the team, but neither is considered to be a long-term solution at free safety opposite strong safety Bradley McDougald.
With only two interceptions coming from the safety positions last year – and none through the first 15 games of the season – Tampa Bay needs more playmakers roaming the center of the field. The Bucs like a lot of safeties, including Samford’s Jaquiski Tartt and Utah safety/cornerback Eric Rowe, and here is a list of the ones the has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools.
Arizona State FS Damarious Randall
Arizona State reporter Brad Denny reported that Randall would work out with the Bucs and that took place on Sunday at One Buccaneer Place. Randall has actually met with Tampa Bay twice and is the team’s third-round pick in the latest PewterReport.com’s 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft, but he could go in the second round. Including his two years at a junior college, Randall intercepted 19 passes over the last four years.
Northwestern FS Ibraheim Campbell
Aaron Wilson reported that Campbell has recently worked out for Tampa Bay and his stock is on the rise after the Senior Bowl where he performed well. Campbell has great instincts, ball skills and hitting ability. He notched 10 interceptions and six forced fumbles as a four-year starter for the Wildcats. Campbell’s stock is on the rise and he could have moved himself into the third round with a nice offseason.
Fresno State FS Derron Smith
Bucs safeties coach Mikal Smith attended Derron Smith’s workout at Fresno State. It’s possible that Smith has had a workout with Smith at that time. The Bulldogs safety was a four-year starter and finished his FSU career with 15 interceptions, including two pick-sixes, including seven as a junior in 2013. Smith is considered a third- or fourth-round prospect.
Louisville FS Gerod Holliman
Matt Miller first reported that Holliman was scheduled to meet with the Bucs back in March, and that visit took place on Sunday at One Buccaneer Place. Tampa Bay wants more takeaways from the free safety position and Holliman tied an NCAA record with 14 interceptions as a redshirt sophomore in 2014. Holliman needs to work on his tackling, and because he does, he’s likely a fourth-round selection.
Penn State FS Adrian Amos
In his diary for the Baltimore Sun, Amos reported that he recently had a private workout with Bucs safeties coach Mikal Smith. Amos, a former cornerback, is a big, hulking safety with solid hands and a nose for the ball. With his frame, Amos has the size and skill set to play either free safety or strong safety. He’s likely a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more free safeties visits and/or workouts are reported. Photo by: Getty Images
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org