Bucs nation is still shifting into NFL Draft gear after a wild Super Bowl championship season, and as a result news has been slow to come in on meetings with potential draft prospects. But thanks to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, we now know the first (to our knowledge) prospect the Bucs have met with this offseason: Northwestern CB Greg Newsome.

Newsome wasn’t even a blip on the radar as a prospect heading into the 2020 college football season, but he posted a strong six games to close out his college career, working his way into the early round conversation. He recorded just one interception, but broke up seven passes and surrendered only 12 catches without allowing any big plays. Friend of the Pewter Report Podcast and The Draft Network expert Jordan Reid tweeted the following on Newsome:

If Newsome truly goes in the top 64 picks as currently expected, it would be a shock to see the Bucs actually select him. They have drafted defensive backs sometime in the first four rounds of each of the last four classes, and have three young cornerbacks under contract right now. If they did select a cornerback early in the 2021 draft, it would be a mild indicator that they aren’t sure about offering Carlton Davis a second contract just yet.

We won’t get ahead of ourselves, but it’s never a bad thing to have a ton of good cornerbacks. It’s one of the most important positions on the field, and Newsome is an ascending player with a lot of intrigue around him right now.

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Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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TBChucky
5 months ago

Hopefully it’s just the team doing their due diligence. He might be a great prospect, but it’d be hard to swallow another early round CB. I guess it could be insurance in case we do lose Carlton Davis next offseason, or they do not in fact want to pay him.

Tony Bo
Reply to  TBChucky
5 months ago

IDK if SMB regresses back to how he played in the regular season it would be a good pickup

Horse
5 months ago

Jon, please, please, please, provide height & weight with any prospective player.

Eddie
Reply to  Horse
4 months ago

and speed

Horse
5 months ago

Just my opinion; I hope we either trade down or trade up for DL in the early rounds, or in two years we will start saying “why did the Buccaneers decline so fast”.

IDGABuc
Reply to  Horse
5 months ago

See, the way I see it this draft is not flush with IDL talent and it’s not like the Bucs were world beaters in the secondary at the beginning of the year.. Just towards the end, when it really mattered! LOL But say all top 3 CB’s play well next year.. Great! But what if one goes down? We don’t have signed depth. Cockrell is a FA I believe and I think he played more a hybrid role. He’d be a nice cheap resigning maybe, then sure. But if not I’d like to see the Bucs pick a CB with… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by IDGABuc
Captain Sly
5 months ago

Wouldn’t shock me at all if we went CB at 32! Corners are the strength of this year’s draft class. Picking a RB, Edge, OT, LB or even a QB would be a reach IMHO. Just go BPA and we’ll be fine. So Please please stop with these mocks based on needs because when you had us selecting Javon Kinlaw last year it have been better if I were ripping off my finger nails.

Dave
5 months ago

Well at the very least, you can say that the best organizations in football are showing interest in the kid. Chiefs, Packers, Saints, Titans, 49ers. So something tells me that he’s at the very least worth looking into. It’s been like that for years with the Pats. Every other team in the league has jumped at the chance to sign a former Patriot. Whether it’s a coach or player. Simply because other teams say to themselves, if Belichick saw something in him, there’s gotta be something there. I’d much prefer him in the 2nd round though. Problem is, sounds like… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Dave
FLBoy84
Reply to  Dave
5 months ago

If you’re strong on a player and he’s your guy you take him at #32, regardless if others had him ranked as a 2nd. All trading back does is open up the possibility of a team leapfrogging you or him simply being grabbed by another team. Now, if you have him closely ranked with 4-5 other players, some of whom will likely still be on the board with a trade-back, then you make the move. Licht drove me nuts with the multiple high-round DB picks, but actually open to another one if the team feels its needed and he’s that… Read more »

aquilus
5 months ago

Its obvious the Bucs see a glaring need in the defense. The DB position. We allowed too many big plays to happen blown coverage all over the place. We have to get better here. However I lean more toward Asante Samuel Jr in the second Rd…Taking a LT to replace Donovan Smith in Alex Leatherwood in the first Rd

NaplesFan2.0
5 months ago

BPA means drafting the player with the most talent, regardless of position. Just for you folks that say it and don’t understand the meaning. Licht should have earned everyone’s trust with the past few drafts.

Last edited 5 months ago by NaplesFan2.0
Eddie
5 months ago

We need DBs that can run with the league’s fastest receivers.

ScottC543
Reply to  Eddie
5 months ago

Everybody does. They’re not easy to come by.

plopes808
Reply to  Eddie
5 months ago

not necessarily, how much did Hill do in the SB? The front 7 is where we made our money and we need to make sure that doesn’t change

Eddie
Reply to  plopes808
4 months ago

How much did Hill do in the first game?

TCB2W!
5 months ago

So we are interviewing a CB who most scouting reports say he is slow. Just what we need.

Captain Sly
Reply to  TCB2W!
5 months ago

Scouts are going to lie this time of year especially when they are high on a prospect.

scubog
5 months ago

Just because you glanced at a girl walking down the hall doesn’t mean you’re going to ask her to the prom.

Captain Sly
Reply to  scubog
5 months ago

Did more than just “glance” we brought her over for food & drinks in a more intimate setting. We call that 1st base.

scohad
Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

Does she have friends?!!! Sorry, lost my train of thought here.

76bucsfan46
5 months ago

Height, weight and speed and short area quickness please & thank you Jon.

Spitfire
5 months ago

If you want to Draft well you have to do your research. When it’s your time to pick you wanna knock everything about every player worth taking no matter the position. By the end they will have talked to a handful of players at just about every position. In the end they know exactly what type of player they need to be looking for and will hopefully get lucky again and pick the right guy that doesn’t have unforeseen issues that pop up that you can’t predict and we can add the right players to help us be better than… Read more »

geno711
4 months ago

I want players that can make a difference. Depending on who we re-sign there might not be as big as need as last years, where we needed a right tackle. You need at least 4 good cornerbacks on your team when the season starts so if Newsome can beat out one of those guys then he is certainly viable as a pick for us in the 1st two rounds.
Maybe the Bucs are considering moving down to mid second round to pick him up and maybe getting another premium pick in the process.