Bucs bring in 26 locals for draft workoutsGreg Auman, Times Staff Writer? ?Saturday, April 12, 2014 10:23amNFL teams are allowed to bring in 30 draft prospects for pre-draft visits, but they're also allowed a mass workout for local prospects who played high school or college football in the area. The Bucs took advantage of that Friday with 26 locals at One Buc Place, and while the team declined to release a list of names, we've been able to identify 21 of the 26 players.The biggest name of the group looks to be former Plant and Florida State running back James Wilder Jr., whose father James remains Tampa Bay's all-time leading rusher. The team did confirm Wilder's visit, even tweeting a picture of him looking at a picture of his father in the hallways of the team's facilities.The group also included most of USF's 2013 seniors -- 12 in all: quarterback Bobby Eveld, running back Marcus Shaw, fullback Ryan Eppes, receiver Derrick Hopkins, offensive lineman/tight end Lawrence Martin, defensive ends Julius Forte and Ryne Giddins, defensive lineman Anthony Hill and defensive backs Brandon Salinas, Mark Joyce, JaQuez Jenkins and Fidel Montgomery. It's worth noting that this doesn't include some of USF's top draft prospects like linebacker DeDe Lattimore and defensive ends Tevin Mims or Aaron Lynch.Others in attendance: St. Pete Catholic and Gators offensive lineman Jon Halapio, Armwood/Gators/Boston College offensive lineman Matt Patchan, Lakewood and Toledo receiver Bernard Reedy, Leto and Rutgers star Jeremy Deering, Gibbs and Abilene Christian offensive lineman Will Latu, Clearwater and Iowa State linebacker Jeremiah George, Lakewood and Western Kentucky twins Baree and Xavius Boyd and Boca Ciega and Bethel College safety Jocquel "Joc" Skinner.Most of the locals aren't likely to be drafted, but they're being evaluated for the Bucs' rookie minicamp, which will take place May 16-18, the weekend after the NFL draft, with the team's draft picks, undrafted signees and other tryout players seeking a contract.
I don’t think Wilder Jr even gets drafted. The Bucs may throw him a bone, and bring him in as a UDFA. But I doubt he makes the final 53. If there is one position the team is looking pretty good at, its RB. He is not all that, and the way the league is headed, RB’s are becoming less and less important. Look at Chris Johnson for example, I don’t believe he has got even a sniff from 1 team since he was released from the Titans.Wilder Jr should have switched positions years ago. I understand he is honoring his dad and all. But I don't think there is a much of a chance he catches on as a RB in the NFL.