BUCS PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: WRs
The Buccaneers will likely be adding some skill position players in the 2015 NFL Draft and have spent the offseason focusing on slot wide receivers and return specialists. PewterReport.com has had Kansas State wide receiver Tyler Lockett in a previous version of its 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft before and has Duke’s Jamison Crowder in its current edition.
Every NFL club is allowed 30 visits to their team’s facility. NFL teams like the Bucs can work out as many draft prospects away from team facilities as they would like. Here is a list of wide receivers the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools or hometowns.
Kansas State WR Tyler Lockett
PewterReport.com reports that the Bucs will have a meeting with the Bucs in April. Whether that meeting is a visit to One Buc Place or a private workout at Kansas State is unknown. The Bucs like Lockett’s 4.4 speed, his ability to separate from defenders with superior route running and his toughness as a return specialist (two punt return touchdowns and four kick return TDs). He could be a third-round pick by Tampa Bay.
Florida State WR Rashad Greene*
The Bucs privately worked out Greene at Florida State on April 8 along with tight end Nick O’Leary and quarterback Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay had seen him a week earlier at the Seminoles’ pro day in Tallahassee. The Bucs need a shifty, playmaking slot receiver and FSU’s all-time leading receiver could fit the bill in the third or fourth round.
Duke WR Jamison Crowder
First reported by Sports Talk Florida, Crowder worked out for the Bucs with Duke quarterback Anthony Boone and wide receiver Isaac Blakeney, who will likely be an undrafted free agents, on April 1. Tampa Bay quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian and wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker were in attendance. Crowder, who helped lead Duke’s resurgence, is considered to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick and the Bucs like his ability to play slot receiver and be a return specialist (four punts returned for touchdowns).
Central Michigan WR Titus Davis*
According to Tony Pauline, the Bucs met with Davis and had dinner with him after his pro day workout at Central Michigan. With good size (6-1, 196) and 4.5 speed, Davis is capable of playing outside or in the slot at the next level. He broke a lot of Antonio Brown’s records at CMU and finished with 204 catches for 3,700 yards and 37 touchdowns. Davis is considered to be a fourth- or fifth-rounder.
Georgia WR Chris Conley
Fox 13 Tampa Bay first reported that Conley and Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason had worked out for the Bucs in mid-March. Tampa Bay is interested in Conley, who starred at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.35 time in the 40-yard dash and a 45-inch vertical jump, as a possible Day 3 wide receiver that could play outside and in the slot.
East Carolina WR Cam Worthy*
The Buccaneers met with Worthy, according to Brent Sobleski, but are also interested in James Hardy, Worthy’s ECU teammate. Worthy will likely go undrafted due to a foot fracture he suffered preparing for the Medal of Honor Bowl and getting suspended for two games. But he is a big (6-2, 211), physical playmaker that lit up Virginia Tech for 224 yards last year.
South Florida WR Andre Davis
As first reported by the Tampa Bay Times’ Greg Auman, Davis, who went to nearby Jefferson High School, is a decent-sized target at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and carries a late-round draft grade. The Bucs are bringing him in as a local prospect and may consider signing him as a free agent if he goes undrafted.
Air Force WR Connor Dietz
As Auman reported for the Tampa Bay Times, Dietz, who has been stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa for the past two years, played quarterback for the Falcons in their option-based offense, but will try out as a slot receiver as a possible rookie mini-camp invite. He may also be asked to pass the ball.
Florida State WR Christian Jones
Jones, a Tampa native who went to Tampa Catholic, is being brought in as part of the Bucs’ local workout this Friday. The Bucs first saw Jones at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee last week and are looking at him as a possible rookie mini-camp invite or an undrafted free agent.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more wide receivers visits and/or workouts are reported.
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