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.
PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook will be reporting live on PewterReport.com and on Pewter Report’s Twitter account during Florida State’s pro day.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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