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    Players interviewed at the Combine

    Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo (COM)
    Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss (COM)
    David Njoku, TE, Miami (COM)
    Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State (COM)
    JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC (COM)
    Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE/3-4DE, Villanova (COM)
    Caleb Brantley, DT/NT, Florida (COM)
    Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida (COM)

    Players with scheduled private visits to Tampa

    O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (PRI)
    David Njoku, TE, Miami (PRI)
    Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (PRI)
    Rodney Adams, WR, USF (PRI)
    Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State (PRI)
    Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan (PRI)
    Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee (PRI)
    Rayshawn Jenkins, FS, Miami (PRI)
    Adoree Jackson, CB, USC (PRI)

    Players who had Pro Day meetings with Bucs

    Josh Tupou, DT, Colorado (PRO)
    Josh Augusta, DT/NT, Missouri (PRO)
    Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming (PRO)
    Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama (PRO)
    Dayton Pratt, OLB, East Carolina (PRO)
    Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell (PRO)
    Mason Zandi, OT, South Carolina (PRO)
    Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut (PRO)
    Budda Baker, FS, Washington (PRO)
    Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan (PRO)
    Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (PRO)

    Players who had on campus private workouts with Bucs

    Eric Wilson, OLB, Cincinnati (WOR)
    Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington (WOR)
    Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State (WOR)
    Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (WOR)
    Rodney Adams, WR, USF (WOR)
    Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell (WOR)
    Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M (WOR)
    Dorian Johnson. OG, Pittsburgh (WOR)
    Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia (WOR)
    Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo (WOR)
    Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland (WOR)
    Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (WOR)
    Tedric Thompson, SS, Colorado (WOR)
    Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut (WOR)
    Budda Baker, FS, Washington (WOR)
    Kevin King, CB, Washington (WOR)

    Players who have local visits in Tampa

    Dalton Schomp, P, Seminole/FAU
    Justin Vogel, P, Berkeley Prep/Miami
    Brandon Holloway, WR, Alonso/Mississippi State
    Karel Hamilton, WR, Strawberry Crest/Samford
    Martin Ruiz, RB, Robinson/Youngstown State
    T.J. Murcherson, FS, Freedom/UCF
    Leon McQuay III, FS, Armwood/USC
    David Jones, FS, St. Pete/Richmond
    Nate Godwin, FS, Freedom/USF
    Brandon Leston, FS, Clearwater/USF
    Antonio Crawford, CB, Plant/West Virginia
    Shaquill Griffin, CB, Lakewood/UCF
    Kofi Amichia, OT, USF
    Dominique Threatt, OG, USF
    Daniel Awoleke, DT, USF
    Nigel Harris, LB, USF

    *All info per Greg Auman and WalterFootball.com

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      Sometimes you amaze me Mac!!!!!

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    I still think Bucs will pick an offensive player unless by some weird luck none of the top running backs or receivers or TE’s are available at 19. I think there will be several available. They have to be patient and just let the draft come to them. If there is a Defensive player that they believe is just too good to skip on, they should take him. Because as everyone knows, the draft is deep at the skill positions on offense with the exception of QB and they will be able to pick all three positions into the 4th round and still find quality players.

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    Buc 1976

    I never thought I would say this but I like to see old buco Bruce now and then. IMO if we draft a Safety in Rd 1 Obi M should be the pick we need more height and length especially in red zone he is very fast at his size.
    The Bucs could move down a few spots get a extra pick and OBI M.

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    As far as safety early on it that’s what they decide I’d go Baker Over Obi. Just feel like Obi is a bust or will be very average at best for some reason. Buddha is a tackling machine and blitzes like a mad man. He would make instant impact now instead of waiting for Obi to come around or not.

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    I agree, this is the first time in years that there is an abundance of good players that fit our few needs and I am confident we will get at least 2 potential starters and several depth players by just letting them come to us. You can work mocks until you drop but this is a no lose year for the Buc’s and I am sure Licht will work his magic.

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    Why aren’t people higher on safety Josh Jones of NC State? Pre-combine he was ranked higher than Obi. He had a great combine that has not been talked about at all. The write up on him is he’s a big guy that has good instincts, great speed (4.41, 40 time) and likes to hit. He sounds like an excellent value in the second round.

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      Buc 1976

      Karma I agree with you on Jones also check out David Jones from Richmond 6’3″ 215 lbs 40 time 4.43 he lost his 16 season do to broken arm in 15 he had 9 int’s. Looks like a sleeper third day.

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    If Njoku is gone along with the top WR’s, McCaffrey and Cook, we should trade down. We can get a safety, RB, TE, Edge or CB with the first pick and use the draft capital from trading down to trade up in the second to get whichever player we want. Coming out of this draft with a starting safety and a starting RB or TE would be a big win.

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      Agreed , if none of this offensive players are there, trade back and get more picks. I would love as many picks as possible in this draft.

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    Why Do People Refer To The Older Colors As Creamsicle..Befuddles Me..Official Colors Were Florida Orange And Red..

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    I dig the Creamsicle unis, myself. As Macabee was point out in a past discussion; isn’t the point moot since they can’t change helmets during the season anyways? It seems sort of ridiculous to me that they can’t have an approved secondary helmet so teams can show off their history.

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    The logic of having a bigger safety like Obi is certainly compelling, all other things being equal. We face some very big and capable receivers in the NFC South twice a season.

    The problem is all other things usually aren’t equal. So it comes down to whether Jason and his team of draft evaluators think that Obi has enough of the other stuff we need.

    We all thought that the Bucs were going to have the most dominant big guy receiving corps in football three years ago, between Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and ASJ – but alas, the “Dunkaneers” never materialized. That is a cautionary tale on the value of big compared to other stuff.

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    PHX Bucs Fan

    Problem with trading back is that we have to find a partner that is willing to. Not sure if we get the chance because as numerous people have saud, it is a deep draft.

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    This eam doesn’t need safeties, it needs a bad ass defensive line that makes a QB nervous.

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    I’m not sure why the Bucs would waste a pre-draft visit on OJ Howard. It is very doubtful he will make it to pick #19 (unless they are planning to trade up – UGH). They got to see and talk to him at the Senior Bowl. If he does make it to #19, the Bucs should run (not walk) to the stage and pick him.

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    I really enjoyed re-watching the John McKay show. It sure brought back some old memories. Loved his sarcasm. I think some of our younger Bucs fans would have really liked James Wilder, who I contend is the best Bucs RB of all time. Too bad he had to play on some really bad teams.

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    I concur, Scubog.
    He should, without a doubt, be in the Bucs Ring of Honor.
    How Doug Williams got there before him is beyond me.
    What’s next, Tony Romo is the Hall of Fame?

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    For all you guys concerned about why players are rising or falling in the draft I only have one question for you.
    Unless you are related to him, he’s your BFF or you’re his agent why do you even care.
    I mean talk about senseless.

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