This story is intended to be read by Pewter Insider subscribers only. Sharing of the PI content with non-subscribers of this service can result in cancellation of your subscription to the service and/or further actions by the publishers.
Ask and you shall receive. Pewter Report subscribers asked the PR staff to put together a draft board of draft prospects that the Bucs are considering for their eight draft picks on Sunday. The draft board below is comprised of players that PR has learned the Bucs are high on, interested in, and are potential good fits. The Bucs form a pool of players for each pick, and below we have the pools for the first few rounds followed by the later rounds.
ROUND 1 In tomorrow's Bucs mock draft, Pewter Report will identify the top three players that we believe the Buccaneers are targeting with their first-round pick. Here is the pool of players that are under consideration in the first round.
QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State – big body, cannon for an arm, and upside. RB Chris "Beanie" Wells, Ohio State – team likes him but RB is not a need. WR Percy Harvin, Florida – impressed the Bucs during his pro day. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland – has the ability to stretch the defense. DE Robert Ayers, Tennessee – not much production, lots of hype. DE Everette Brown, Florida State – edge rusher, smaller than Bucs want. DE Larry English, Northern Illinois – productive player, Bucs want more size. DE Tyson Jackson, LSU – Bucs like him, but likely to be drafted before 19. DE Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech – has size, speed like Julius Peppers. DE Aaron Maybin, Penn State – fast edge rusher is best suited for a 3-4. DT Peria Jerry, Mississippi – was a better fit in the former system. LB Brian Cushing, USC – great run defender, hits hard and intimidates. CB Vontae Davis, Illinois – is a cover corner that hits hard.
ROUND 2 The Bucs are without their second-round pick due to the Kellen Winslow trade. If the Buccaneers are able to move down in the first-round and acquire a second-round pick, or if they trade out of the first-round all together, here are the players that will be on their radar.
WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers – big, physical receiver that could go in round one. WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina – has great hands and route-running. OT William Beatty, Connecticut – very athletic, big upside. Bucs like him. DT Ron Brace, Boston College – massive run stuffer is a good fit for the Bucs. DL Jarron Gilbert, San Jose – can play both end and tackle, has pass rush skills. CB Coye Francis, San Jose State – physical, cover CB, had a great senior bowl. CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest – tremendous ball skills, a steal in round two. CB Sean Smith, Utah – big corner that has experience playing man coverage.
ROUNDS 3-4 This is the part of the draft where the evaluations all carry similar grades and are drafted based on how much teams like the players, and less on team need. The Bucs have a pick in each round.
QB Nate Davis, Ball State – strong arm, had a disastrous finish to season. RB Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon – shifty running back would be a good fit. WR Ramses Barden, Cal-Poly – huge receiver, underrated speed, dominated. WR Jarrett Dillard, Rice – massive production, and is a real football player. WR Lewis Murphy, Florida – good size and speed; will be a better pro. WR Mike Wallace, Mississippi – explosive; a threat to score on any reception. OL Joel Bell, Furman – athletic swing tackle has been shooting up draft boards. OT Xavier Fulton, Illinois – has great tools, limited experience. Boom-or-bust. OT Lyndon Murtha, Nebraska – great athlete at OT, can play left or right tackle. OT Sebastian Vollmer, Houston – Bucs like this massive athletic tackle. DT Chris Baker, Hampton – a big run stuffing defensive tackle that visited TB. DT Sammie Lee Hill, Stillman – huge tackle, Bucs are very interested. MLB Gerald McRath, Southern Mississippi – may have to move outside. OLB Jason Williams, Western Illinois – Bucs like this turnover machine (14 FF). CB Asher Allen, Georgia – man cover corner is productive, and battle-tested. CB Brandon Hughes, Oregon State – aggressive corner with good size. CB Keenan Lewis, Oregon State – four-year starter played man coverage, big. CB Mike Mickens, Cincinnati – could go in round two, physical great ball skills. FS Chip Vaughn, Wake Forest – hard hitter and playmaker. ROUNDS 5-6-7 These picks are not considered important by many team officials because they don't tend to make the team. However, New England found two franchise quarterbacks in this part of the draft. There is a legitimate list of seventh-round studs in recent years that have not only become starters, but have been some of the better players at their positions in the league. The Bucs have passed on all of these seventh-round gems. It includes Chargers right tackle Shane Olivea (2004), Dolphins linebacker Derrick Pope (2004), Bucs running back Derrick Ward (2004) drafted by the Jets, Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel (2005) drafted by the Patriots, Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (2006), Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan (2006), Chiefs safety Jarrad Page (2006), and Chiefs quarterback Tyler Thigpen (2007) drafted by the Vikings.
QB Graham Harrell, Texas Tech – great pocket presence, average arm. RB Tarrion Adams, Tulsa – big-time production over four seasons. RB Gartrell Johnson, Colorado State – big, bruising back punishes defenders. WR Tiquan Underwood, Rutgers – speed receiver, overshadowed by Britt. WR Brennan Marion, Tulsa – small, quick. Ability to separate in question. OT Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech – athletic swing tackle, good fit for Bucs. OT Garrett Reynolds, North Carolina – nephew of Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds. DE Will Davis, Illinois – hard worker with good quickness and character. DE Nick Reed, Oregon – all-time leading sacker for the Ducks. Undersized. DE Victor Strong-Butler, Oregon State – pure pass rusher had big time sacker. DT Terrance Knighton, Temple – big run stuffer would fit Bates defense. DT Myron Pryor, Kentucky – good size, speed for Bucs scheme. Underachiever. OLB Stanley Arnoux, Wake Forest – four-year starter, smart and very quick. CB E.J. Biggers, Western Michigan – Bucs like this guy. Is a rising prospect. CB Ryan Mouton, Hawaii – Bucs worked this speedy cornerback out this week. FS Courtney Greene, Rutgers – aggressive, special teams prospect. SS Marcus McClinton, Kentucky – underrated player, has had health issues. SS Trimane Goddard, North Carolina – is a ballhawk and good tackler.