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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play host to several NFL Draft prospects next week, PewterReport.com has learned. League rules state that each team can only workout a player in his hometown or college town.
The Bucs are permitted to have 20 players visit their headquarters, and most of those visits will be held on Monday, April 4.
PewterReport.com is in the process of attempting to obtain all of the player visits that are scheduled. So far, we’ve been successful in confirming that three wide receivers — USC’s Mike Williams and Louisville’s J.R. Russell, both of whom are Tampa natives, and Northern Colorado’s Vincent Jackson — have scheduled private workouts with the Bucs.
Tampa Bay appears to be extremely interested in Williams, who is expected to be a top 10 draft pick in April. Williams worked out at the Combine, and several members of the Bucs coaching staff and personnel department attended his private workout at the University of South Florida last month.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Williams only played two years collegiately, but he is a physical receiver who many believe would serve as a nice compliment to Bucs WR Michael Clayton.
Many pundits believe the Bucs will use their first-round pick (No. 5 overall) to select Williams, who caught 176 passes for 2,579 yards (14.6 avg.) and 30 touchdowns during his two-year stay at USC.
Jackson (6-6, 235) is another big target, but unlike Williams, he participated as a member of the North team at the Senior Bowl, where Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and his staff coached the South team. During his senior season, Jackson hauled in a team-high 80 passes for 1,382 yards (17.3 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. In 2003, he caught 66 passes for 1,462 yards (22.2 avg.) and 21 touchdowns. He’s expected to be a late first-day draft pick.
Russell (6-3, 204) isn’t as big as the other two receivers, but he was productive and helped ignite an explosive Cardinals offense by catching 73 passes for 968 yards (13.3 avg.) and seven touchdowns. In 2003, Russell hauled in 75 passes for 1,213 yards (16.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns. Because he lacks ideal speed, some believe Russell could fall into the fourth round.
Although Pewter Report is working on compiling a list with more draft prospects who are scheduled to workout for the Bucs, one player who is drawing very little interest from the Bucs as of late is Florida State quarterback Adrian McPherson.
McPherson (6-3, 220), who was kicked out of Florida State because of his alleged involvement in a gambling scandal but later became a superstar in the Arena Football League, held a private workout in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida earlier this week, and despite Bradenton being about a 45-minute drive from Tampa, no Bucs scouts attended, and his agent, Leigh Steinberg, recently told Pewter Report that the Bucs have not scheduled a private workout with his client and haven’t expressed much interest in drafting him.
Pewter Report will continue to report these visits and workouts as we confirm them. Stay tuned.
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