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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted five 2006 Senior Bowl invitees with its first five picks (cornerback Alan Zemaitis backed out at the last minute, so there were actually only four Senior Bowl participants) of the 2006 NFL Draft, and signed two undrafted free agents who also participated in the game in USF running back Andre Hall and West Virginia safety Jahmile Addae.

So Pewter Report’s first order of business was to go back and review the Senior Bowl tape to evaluate the new Buccaneers’ last game as collegiate players.

The Bucs have relied heavily on the Senior Bowl in recent years, drafting two players in 2004 (safety Will Allen and guard Jeb Terry), a total of five players (running back Carnell Williams, linebacker Barrett Ruud, tight end Alex Smith, guard Dan Buenning and defensive tackle Anthony Bryant) from last year’s game in addition to the four Senior Bowl participants this year.

After reviewing the Senior Bowl game tape once again, here is Pewter Report’s analysis on the participants who would soon become Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

FIRST-ROUND PICK Oklahoma guard Davin Joseph: Joseph, who was a starter at right guard for the North squad, had a fine Senior Bowl and showed tremendous power and base in pass protection. He generally held the line of scrimmage against Florida State defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley, who was a first-round draft pick, and dominated Miami (Fla.) defensive tackle Orien Harris.

Bunkley tried to bull rush Joseph in several situations and got nowhere. When Bunkley tried spin moves, which he did on a regular basis, Joseph was quick to counter them by extending his arms, dropping his hips and shuffling his feet laterally to prevent any penetration.

Harris didn’t have the array of moves that Bunkley had and was easily blocked in both run blocking and pass protection.

Joseph didn’t get as much push off the ball as I expected to see in the run game, but he was assignment sound and didn’t make any obvious mistakes, either. It is clear that Joseph is a technician who has a certain smoothness to his game. He has great lateral movement, which coupled with his wide body, allows him to eat up space between the center and the right tackle.

Joseph knows his long arms are an advantage and is quick to exploit that. Instead of drive blocking, he simply extends his arms, locks out defenders and pushes them. It isn’t the most powerful way of blocking, but it is effective. He does need work on his initial punch, which could help assist him in creating separation between he and his opponent.

Working on punching will be the first order of business with offensive line coach Bill Muir this weekend at the Bucs’ rookie mini-camp. Muir believes the punch is the first and most important part of blocking and emphasizes that right away.

Joseph, who played the majority of the first half and for a series or two in the second half, was very effective in his lone goal-line opportunity where he had great explosion and blew Harris off the ball and pancaked him as the North scored a second-half touchdown.

SECOND-ROUND PICK Boston College right tackle Jeremy Trueblood: Trueblood, a left tackle his whole life, got off the bus in Mobile, Ala. and was told he was going to play right tackle at the Senior Bowl. That’s not the easiest thing to do in front of scouts, coaches and general managers of all 32 teams while trying to up your draft stock – not lower it.

In Pewter Report’s practice evaluation, Trueblood struggled mightily the first two days before finding his groove on Wednesday and Thursday. When the Senior Bowl came around on the weekend, Trueblood had gained confidence and comfort in the fact that he could make the transition. This was important because his lack of initial quickness and supreme athleticism was going to force him to move to right tackle in the pros anyway.

Trueblood started next to Joseph at right tackle for the North squad and played every snap next to him as the offensive line platooned throughout the game. Trueblood went up against some good defensive ends – all of whom were drafted – in Florida State’s Kamerion Wimbley, Louisville’s Elvis Dumervil, Alabama’s Mark Anderson and Tennessee’s Parys Haralson.

He did not give up a sack to any foe and only surrendered a tackle for a loss to Wimbley. Other than that, he fared extremely well at right tackle, as Bucs personnel had disclosed to the media on Saturday night.

It was obvious that the 6-foot-8 Trueblood was still getting used to his steps after switching to right tackle. He needs to do a much better job of bending his knees and quit bending at the waist. The times Trueblood gets into trouble is when he stops moving his feet and overextends or lunges with his long arms.

But even when he is out of position and looks awkward, Trueblood still gets the job done because he scraps and fights. He may not be comfortable on the right side, and he may never look graceful, but he’s a feisty, prideful blocker.

Because he is too much of a waist-bender and a stand-up blocker, Trueblood doesn’t generate much push in the run game.

The South’s smaller defensive ends like Dumervil (5-foot-11) and Haralson (6-foot) gave him more problems than the 6-foot-3 Wimbley and Anderson because of the leverage they were able to generate. But when Dumervil lined up real wide hoping to beat Trueblood to the quarterback with a tough angle on a passing down, the mammoth right tackle was able to keep Dumervil at bay with his wide wingspan – even though his footwork was poor and got crossed up on the play.

Trueblood needs to sink his hips and create a wider base when he blocks. He also must work on keeping his feet moving. I saw his feet stop moving a few too many times. That may be due to his position switch. Later this week, I plan on watching more Boston College tape to get a better evaluation on Trueblood’s game.

Because Trueblood is such an aggressive blocker, he can get into trouble. On one play, he simply slung the 6-foot, 248-pound Haralson to the ground simply because he could. That’s called holding in the NFL and will cost the Bucs 10 yards every time. He also mixed it up with Haralson after Harlason got too aggressive with him after he was pancaked by Trueblood. The scuffle got both players ejected from the Senior Bowl at the 6:00 mark in the third quarter.

THIRD-ROUND PICK Notre Dame wide receiver Maurice Stovall: Stovall had an impressive week of practice in Mobile, but only had one pass thrown his way, which he caught for a 9-yard gain, in the game. Quarterbacks Jay Cutler (Vanderbilt), Charlie Whitehurst (Clemson) and Michael Robinson (Penn State) opted to look for their tight ends rather than their receivers throughout the game, so Stovall’s opportunities were limited

USC tight end Dominque Byrd led all North receivers with four catches for 67 yards, while Colorado tight end Joe Klopfenstein had three catches for 39 yards and one touchdown. Wide receivers Derek Hagan (Arizona State) and Jason Avant (Michigan), had three and two catches, respectively, while Stovall and Demetrius Williams (Oregon) were held to one reception apiece.

FIFTH-ROUND PICK Stanford defensive lineman Julian Jenkins: This was my second or third extended look at Jenkins, who started for the North at under tackle in place of Virginia Tech’s Jonathan Lewis, who was injured during the week of Senior Bowl practices. I’m going to go back and look at some more Stanford tape to get a full evaluation of Jenkins next week.

After reviewing his performance in the Senior Bowl and from what I remember of him from the Stanford games I’ve watched, I think Jenkins is the biggest reach in the draft for the Buccaneers. Not Joseph or Trueblood – Jenkins was the reach. I think he would have definitely been there in the sixth round and perhaps the seventh round.

What I saw was a guy who was too undersized to play the three technique and not quick enough to play defensive end. Jenkins did play defensive tackle exclusively in the Senior Bowl, but didn’t show much other than hustle and hard work. He didn’t show much physical talent or ability.

He was overpowered in the run game, and only had two decent rushes in the pass game. However, on his first good pass rush, Croyle found Miami wide receiver Sinorice Moss in the end zone for a touchdown, so the rush essentially did nothing.

Jenkins doesn’t play with power and needs to add strength if the Bucs want to play him inside at the three technique. He is a poor man’s Ellis Wyms or Tyoka Jackson, and both of those players are career backups.

Jenkins did show decent speed and hustle chasing down Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams from behind on a 28-yard screen, but was not credited with making a tackle at the Senior Bowl. He should have gotten an assist on that play.

SIXTH-ROUND PICK North Carolina State tight end T.J. Williams: Williams was the backup tight end on the South roster behind UCLA’s Marcedes Lewis. He didn’t see a whole lot of action and only had one catch for 13 yards.

Williams does show good speed down the seam and decent quickness off the line. He does need work in pass protection as his pass pro was generally sloppy in the game and was lit up for a sack by Penn State defensive end Tamba Hali in the fourth quarter.

Williams was helping out the right tackle in pass protection, but Hali got an incredible jump off the ball and quickly charged past the tackle and right into Williams, who seemed to be caught off guard and flat-footed by Hali’s speed. Hali got great initial leverage and drove the upright Williams back about four steps backward before discarding him and sacking Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle.

Williams, who is a better run blocker at this stage of the game, needs to create a wider base off the snap, move his feet laterally and develop a punch in pass protection. He let Hali get into his chest too quickly. Before he knew it, Croyle was sacked.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT South Florida running back Andre Hall: Hall, who was the fourth-best running back on a loaded South squad that included Memphis running back DeAngelo Hall, LSU running back Joseph Addai and Mississippi State running back Jerious Norwood, only had two carries for one yard.

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT West Virginia safety Jahmile Addae: Addae had a pretty solid game, showing great toughness, good recognition and good range. He finished the game with two tackles and an interception for the North squad.

Addae did a nice job of reading the eyes of Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley on a broken play and stepped in front of Shockley’s pass in zone coverage.

Addae also showed that he could be an enforcer across the middle as he blasted Williams, who was running a seam route, in the second quarter. Addae came across the middle and knocked Williams to the ground while preventing the completion.


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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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