The Buccaneers will be out in full force in Tallahassee, Fla. for the Florida State pro day, which will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht, head coach Lovie Smith, director of Jon Robinson, director of college scouting Mike Biehl, regional scout Byron Keifer, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian will be in attendance to watch 2013 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston, who is believed to be the target for the Bucs’ first overall pick.
While all eyes will be on Winston as the Bucs are a QB-hungry franchise, Tampa Bay’s coaches and scouts will also be looking at Winston’s teammates. Cameron Erving was an All-ACC performer at left tackle and at center, which is why he is considered to be a first-round pick. With the Bucs needing help along the offensive line, Erving would be a great addition at the top of the second round, but the team may have to trade back up into the first round to get him.
Fellow offensive lineman Tre Jackson will also be scouted hard by Tampa Bay. Jackson was interviewed by the Bucs at the Senior Bowl, and the team has a desperate need at right guard where Jackson has started for the past three seasons. Jackson is one of the top-rated guards and is expected to be a second- or third-round pick. Fellow guard Josue Matias, a fourth- or fifth-round pick, and right tackle Bobby Hart, who carries a seventh-round or undrafted grade, will also be working out before scouts.
Tampa Bay also needs a slot receiver to challenge Louis Murphy, and Rashad Greene is a great prospect. Greene, who was Winston’s go-to guy and Florida State’s all-time leading receiver with 270 catches for 3,830 yards and 29 touchdowns, including 99 receptions for 1,365 yards and seven TDs last season for the Noles. Greene is slated to be drafted in the third round.
The Bucs will also get a close look at Florida State running back Karlos Williams, who turned heads in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine by running a 4.48 at 6-foot-1, 231 pounds. Williams, has rushed for 22 touchdowns over the past two years, while rushing for 1,419 yards over the past two seasons in a situational role. Williams has above average hands, evidenced by 29 receptions for 265 yard and a touchdown, and also excels at covering kicks on special teams. With the Bucs needing a bigger back to complement Charles Sims, Williams might be a good fit in the fifth round.
Tampa Bay appears to be set at tight end, but Florida State’s All-ACC performer Nick O’Leary is a good one. O’Leary is expected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round.
The Seminoles have several defensive players that carry draftable grades led by defensive tackle Eddie Goldman and cornerback P.J. Williams, who are both juniors and are late first-round or early second-round prospects. Frazier will also be scouting cornerback Ronald Darby and defensive end Mario Edwards, Jr., both juniors, as Tampa Bay needs help at nickel corner and on the edge. Darby and Edwards are both juniors.
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Having watched a lot of FSU games I know there is a lot of talent on the team. One player I often wondered why he wasn’t used more was RB Karlos Williams. I know DT Eddie Goldman is graded high but he sure never brought back memories of #99. Wouldn’t shock me if the Bucs are targeting more ‘Noles than Winston.
Scu with the play of Dalvin cook down the stretch, I think that was a major contributing factor. Dalvin was a monster averaging almost 6 yards a carry. Bad rose bowl game ofcourse but he’s a beast. I just think Karlos is just a one cut and go guy. Big bodied high runner.
Scu I’ll take the trifecta, Winston, Erving, Jackson, 1,2,3. Heck, this class of Noles won a championship, then almost defended. I’d be happy if every player drafted this year was a Nole!! Although my knights have a great receiver in Perriman coming out.
I would take a lot of players on that team if we could get them. Talented group of young men that will go in the first 3 rounds. Williams And O’leary may go later.
I’ve been watching the second round in mock drafts and if we want Cam Erving, we will have to trade back into the first to get him.
I’ve just read where we have OG Dan Connolly coming in this week. The Pats are not going to lets us get both of those linemen without a fight.
Ervings name is most linked with NE at 32 in most mocks. Seattle and Denver could also use his versatility at center.
It would be a major coup if we got Winston and Erving. There’s a chance, but it’s slim!
A lot of good players on this team. Despite my strong desire and belief that the Bucs draft Mariota, FSU is still my favorite college team. I’d steer clear of P.J. Williams and Darby though. They have good size but both are completely overrated. As for talk of trading up to get Erving, we’ve got too many needs and there are too many good O-linemen in this draft to think that way. If anything we should be trying to figure out how to trade down in the 2nd round and pick up another 4th round pick.
Pink I completely agree. Darby more so than pj definitely disappointed last year. I don’t like trading up eitger with all of our jokes. We can only hope can drops, but I doubt it.
God that statement was completely butchered by auto spell.
Well if the BUCs are picking Winston might as well pick a few FSU players to help Winston have a comfort level. Would love an FSU O-Lineman along with Karlos Williams from the draft.
FSU is definitely a good place to look. Not only is there a high skill level, there is also the fact that they are already acclimated to the Florida heat which is a big plus especially for OL
Little up and down half way through. On the run is where his accuracy is off. Not a perfect pro day, but I think they might have tried to do too much with his routine. 102 passes is a ton.
I’d think that Tampa Bay is doing its home work. Trade Martin and Glen. Then trade back in 1st rd for ol Cameron Erving to protect qb winston. I believe that Tampa can get a good QB in the later rounds. May be if Tampa has mult picks in Rd-2 and Rd-3 Tampa can get the men they need. GO BUCS
Rashad Greene would be a nice choice up to make JW comfortable, although I would not be picking a WR in round 3 because of other more pressing needs, unless we pick up more picks by trading down.
Pro days are a joke always have been always will be, jamarcus Russel had like the best pro day and Bridgewater had the worst and ones a bust and one showed some potential. Mariota pro day under whelmed and Winston isn’t that great either and you know what who cares
Game film will always be the true evaluator for any qb not running around in shorts or cones and how many bench press reps they had
Well now that the pro days are over it’s kind of a wash, but as jon said above its one of the smaller parts of a player evaluations. He was stuggeling in the run , and once he got past that he was money. As for nfl network saying he was winded that was funny. No sooner do they say it, he flicks it 50 yards on the run on the money. Would really love if cam fell but I think he’s gone in the first.
The only reason Winston will go first is because we have a H.C. that will not admit when he is wrong. Lovie and Jamies will have fun on the side lines trying to see who lies the best. There both bad at lying but they do try there best.
Whoever we pick at QB is going to be a risk; I still can’t figure it out why we didn’t get another veteran QB so we might consider other options. It really has put us in a small corner because Winston has to be the choice as there are no other options; Glennon isn’t really in the picture.
Now I know why Lovie wants Jamies so bad. They will compete with each other to see who can lie the best. The only problem with that is there both really bad at lying. Buc fans we are screwed again this year. Who knows maybe we will get lucky and win more then two games.
The thing I love about that picture is that FSU had 5 QBs warming up from 5 Centers…how ridiculous is that.
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