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Here is a look at PewterReport.com’s positions of need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on day two of the 2006 NFL Draft, along with a list of viable candidates that fit the Bucs’ schemes:

CORNERBACK
Why a cornerback? The Buccaneers would like to add another young cornerback to the mix that already includes Torrie Cox, Blue Adams and James Patrick. Ronde Barber, Brian Kelly and Juran Bolden are starters in nickel defense, but all are over the age of 31. It is conceivable that two out of the three may not be in red and pewter in two years due to age and the salary cap. The Bucs need to groom a promising young cornerback and should be able to find a good candidate in this deep cornerback class.

Who are ideal candidates in rounds 4-7? Penn State’s Alan Zemaitis would be an ideal fit for the Buccaneers in rounds 4-5. He excels in zone coverage, is instinctive in the passing game and enforces the run well. His teammate, Anwar Phillips, is a bit of a project, but has good size and ability and would be a good fit in rounds 5-6. The team likes Ohio’s Dion Byrum, Maryland’s Gerrick McPhearson and Pikeville College’s E.J. Underwood, and they could select any of these players early on day two. Wyoming’s Derrick Martin, Miami’s Marcus Maxey and the USC duo of Justin Wyatt and John Walker are other options on the second day of the draft.

TIGHT END
Why a tight end? Tampa Bay had a lot of success running a two tight end offense last year and the team plans on using more of “U” personnel again in 2006. With only two real tight ends on the roster in Alex Smith and Anthony Becht (Dave Moore is more of a long snapper at this stage of his career), the Bucs need depth to replace Will Heller and Nate Lawrie, who are no longer with the Buccaneers. Look for the Bucs to grab a pass-catching tight end early on day two.

Who are ideal candidates in rounds 4-7? Tampa Bay likes North Carolina State’s T.J. Williams, who is a bit short at 6-foot-2, but has good hands and runs a 4.65 40-yard dash. He could be an option in rounds 4-5. The Bucs also like Virginia Tech’s Jeff King who has reliable hands and is a solid blocker. His lack of athleticism will likely have him come off the board in rounds 5-7 with Oregon’s Tim Day and Purdue’s Charles Davis. Auburn’s Cooper Wallace is a blue collar tight end who can catch and block and is an option in rounds 6-7, along with Colorado’s Quinn Sypniewski, who some scouts had rated on par with former Buffs teammate Joe Klopfenstein.

SAFETY
Why a safety? Tampa Bay lost Dexter Jackson in free agency, but returns Jermaine Phillips and Will Allen, who started about half of the games last year. Donte Nicholson and Kalvin Pearson provide depth and help on special teams, but are largely unproven on defense. The Bucs have had great luck getting safeties on the second day (Jackson, Phillips, Allen and Nicholson are all fourth- or fifth-round picks) and will likely target the safety position early on day two.

Who are ideal candidates in rounds 4-7? USC’s Darnell Bing, South Carolina’s Ko Simpson and Penn State’s Calvin Lowry are players the Bucs have an interest in and would be a good fit for their system, as would Georgia’s Greg Blue, who is a run-stuffer. All are options in round four or five. Arizona’s Darrell Brooks is intriguing in rounds 5-6, as is Alabama’s Charlie Peprah. Georgia Tech’s Dawan Landry, Ohio State’s Nate Salley, USC’s Scott Ware and West Virginia’s Jahmile Addae are other candidates on day two.

DEFENSIVE END
Why a defensive end? The Buccaneers need to draft a defensive end on day two. With Simeon Rice and Greg Spires both over the age of 31, Tampa Bay needs an infusion of youth here. Dewayne White will challenge Spires this year for a starting job and the team has a lot of faith in Andrew Williams, who should make the active roster after being on the practice squad last year.

Who are ideal candidates in rounds 4-7? Alabama’s Mark Anderson stood out at the senior bowl and would make a great addition to the team in either the fourth or fifth rounds. The Bucs love Tennessee’s Parys Haralson, who is an undersized, high-motor defensive end. He also could be an option in rounds 4-5. Indiana’s Victor Adeyanju is raw, but has a great physique, size and strength. He too is an option in rounds 4-5. The team isn’t in love with Louisville’s Elvis Dumervil, but as he falls from round to round he becomes more intriguing. Ohio State’s Mike Kudla, Clemson’s Charles Bennett, Florida’s Jeremey Mincey and Auburn’s Stanley McClover are all late-round options.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE
Why a defensive tackle? Tampa Bay doesn’t need to draft a defensive tackle due to the depth that the team has with Chris Hovan, Anthony McFarland, Ellis Wyms and Anthony Bryant, a second-day draft pick from a year ago. However, McFarland has underachieved, Wyms hasn’t yet proven that he can be a starting under tackle and Bryant is raw and unproven. Tampa Bay could use another defensive tackle to add to the talent mix, but it’s not a necessity.

Who are ideal candidates in rounds 4-7? The Bucs would love to land Virginia Tech’s Jonathan Lewis in round four as he is an ideal fit at under tackle. Louisville’s Montavious Stanley has the size, power and quickness to fit Tampa Bay’s defense and would be a great addition in the fourth or fifth rounds. Texas A&M’s Johnny Jolly, a high-motor defensive tackle, is also a possibility in rounds 4-5. Auburn’s Tommy Jackson, Ohio State’s Marcus Green, BYU’s Mania Brown and Nebraska’s LeKevin Smith are options in rounds 5-7. The Bucs also have some interest in North Carolina’s Chase Page, who could be an option in the seventh round or as a priority free agent.

RETURN SPECIALIST
Why a return specialist? Mark Jones is strictly a punt returner after producing sub-par results on his five opportunities to return kickoffs last year (19.0 avg.). The Bucs can’t afford to tie up a roster spot for a return man unless he can do both. Running back Michael Pittman is the leading candidate to return kickoffs in 2006 after averaging 28.3 yards per kick return last year, with a team-high 37-yard return in 2005.

Who are ideal candidates in rounds 4-7? Colorado’s Jeremy Bloom is an intriguing possibility in rounds 4-6 and offers potential as a speed wide receiver. The Buccaneers liked Wes Welker a few years ago and Bloom is the same type of player. Akron’s Domenik Hixon has played wide receiver and safety in college and has scored touchdowns returning kicks and punts. He’s a viable option in rounds 5-7. The Bucs like Fresno State’s Adam Jennings and he could be a target in rounds 6-7, as is TCU’s Cory Rodgers.


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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

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: sr@pewterreport.com
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