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The list of visits the Bucs have hosted have been a who’s who of mainly first round talent.

But, Bucs general manager Jason Licht and his staff are also looking to find the diamonds in the rough.

Bucs GM Jason Licht - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

A player that caught Licht’s eye in Tallahassee a couple week’s ago at the FSU pro day is one that even most diehard Seminoles couldn’t tell you a lot about, and that is because he was seldom used. But, like former Nole Javien Elliot, who currently resides on the Tampa Bay roster, seldom used doesn’t mean he can’t be a productive player at the next level.

The Bucs want to get to know running back Ryan Green more after being impressed while in Tallahassee to see the likes of Derwin James, Josh Sweat and a number of other more well-known Seminoles. The team have set up a meeting with Green at One Buc Place next week, per source.

Green, a local product who played his high school football in St. Pete for St. Pete Catholic, was a four-star prospect but was buried on a depth chart at FSU that carried the names of Dalvin Cook, Jaques Patrick and Cam Akers. Finding playing time wasn’t easy and despite being recruited by Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and USC, Green was an outstanding teammate who understood his given role in Tallahassee and embraced it, even if he wanted to see more action.

Green finished his FSU career with 30 carries for 326 yards and three touchdowns.

NFL teams get 30 official in-house visits with college draft prospects, but due to the fact Green is a local product, he won’t count as one of the 30 meetings.

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Dean
3 years ago

With a four-game suspension looming the Buccaneers should select a quarterback. Winston has had a vast amount of opportunities and resources available on offense to Shine and he has not done it-when it matters. Or trade Winston to Cleveland for a #1 pick.
We are building a great core of a team-we don’t want to miss the window with an inconstant quarterback with character issues

Horse
Reply to  Dean
3 years ago

Why would you expect a 4 game suspension; he hasn’t been charged for anything and he has a written statement he wasn’t in the front seat. This is going no where.

seat26
Reply to  Dean
3 years ago

I get the sense you are gaming for Browns. Why would you suggest such a thing? Winston has not shown any character issues since college and those were flimsy too. Winston is the Franchise.

Dean
Reply to  seat26
3 years ago

A 4 game suspension is now standard without charges or an admission of guilt. His witness is the same witness in his rape accusations. Besides character issues, his numbers are inflated by running up and down field without scoring. His biggest win of the year was a useless game that cost us a much better draft choice. I recommended Cleveland, because I believe they are stupid enough to make the trade. Winston will put up some good numbers and have terrible turn overs. At the end of the year we will turn over Coaching staff and start over. The Winston… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  Dean
3 years ago

I love how fans such as yourself fail to take into account the most basic of football objectives. Jameis was injured week 2 of the season , you failed to mention that. We had the 31st ranked rushing attack, you failed to mention that. our offensive line was one of the worst rated lines in football, and our defense was ranked dead last in just abotu every category. But your right , it was all Jameis’ fault. I just wish he didn’t miss those FG’s against New England and Carolina. No one is saying Jameis is perfect but comments like… Read more »

Dean
Reply to  cgmaster27
3 years ago

Never said and did not mean to imply it is all of Winston’s fault. I was and I still am against the drafting of Winston. The Bucs would have a dominant offense, if we had a quarterback that made his teammates better.
Look at the young quarterbacks around this league who improve their team. Winston does not do this.

Ivan2727
Reply to  Dean
3 years ago

Jameis is a stud QB and if the bucs cut him loose he will be a superbowl champ else where. We have arguably one of the worst offensive lines in football and as well no tailback which doesn’t help the situation.

Rusti Chaney
3 years ago

Retired nurse, huge Bucs fan and big fan of the podcast! Love the fun and the info; don’t change what you do. My only regret is that I don’t live in Tampa, so that I could use your sponsors to show how much I appreciate them and you. Have a good weekend.

sunshineben
3 years ago

Winston has enough cash to make this go away by having a witness no matter, guilty or innocent .

Pete Wood
3 years ago

Ahem, but about Green. . .
I love that the Bucs are looking for late round sleepers. Alot of great talent has evaded teams that didn’t do their research.

Condor Bastadon
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

Well it’s a free visit, so why not? Sounds more like a UDFA than a potential late round pick, but Tampa should have the inside track on a lot of these guys from Florida schools.

seat26
Reply to  Pete Wood
3 years ago

It would be great if we started actually having success with later picks. Something we rarely have done.

buccaneerNW
3 years ago

“A player that caught Licht’s eye in Tallahassee a couple week’s ago…”

*weeks

It’s plural, not possessive.

seat26
Reply to  buccaneerNW
3 years ago

You could be my Editor. I need one. Someone who can take the S it I write and make sense out of it, I write Novellas. My 2nd is about to be published. ( Kindle)

cgmaster27
Reply to  seat26
3 years ago

What do you write Seat? If you don’t mind me asking. My wife reads a good bit and is always out for new stuff.

Buc-Up
3 years ago

He has has speed and no mileage on those legs. He has also played cornerback when they needed help.

seat26
Reply to  Buc-Up
3 years ago

Agreed. Definitely worth a look. And if he can actually play Corner? Wow. Maybe he can even return kicks?

cgmaster27
Reply to  Buc-Up
3 years ago

Unfortunately for Green , he happened to play behind two of the best back to back RB’s in FSU history in Dalvin Cook and Cam Akers. The kids got speed, so maybe as an undrafted guy to take Simms place.

Ivan2727
Reply to  cgmaster27
3 years ago

You mean Jacques Patrick?

cgmaster27
Reply to  Ivan2727
3 years ago

No I mean Cam Akers. Jaques was the starter only in title last year. Cam Akers was the starter by seasons end, and also out rushed Patrick. Akers is a vastly superior running back to Patrick, although I love Patrick as a player.

Buc 1976
3 years ago

The Bucs have have been successful in finding UFA. I would like to see more 5-7 round players make a impact.
Those are the rounds GM’S earn the money.

surferdudes
3 years ago

Interesting take by Licht. Finding big school unknowns. Kids who are good athletes with skill, but got buried on the depth chart on schools stacked with talent.

plopes808
3 years ago

Only 30 carries for 326 yards? That’s not a very big sample size, but 10 yards per carry isn’t bad at all. The fact he was buried in the depth chart by top talent isn’t exactly a knock on his own. Always worth a look, especially when it’s a free visit

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