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Draft 08: Bucs follow up with T/OG,DT,QB,LB,RB

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So day 2 of the 08 Draft starts and Bucs look to build on their picks from Day 1

Jeremy Zuttah – T/OG – Rutgers.

With their first pick of the second day the Bucs picked OT/G Jeremy Zuttah from Rutgers. Zuttah anchored the right side of the Rutgers line and he didn’t allow any sacks over his last two seasons, as the line ranked second in the nation in 2007 and led the NCAA ranks in 2006 for fewest sacks allowed. So if the reports are to believed Zuttah projects better inside at G or even C. This versatility will provide nice cover for Joseph and Trueblood, and will hopefully push Trueblood for the starting RT position.

Dre Moore – DT – Maryland.

I like this pickup in the 4th round. Moore was rated the 5th best DT by Mike Mayock and should provide a big body on the interior of the D Line. He’s come throught late in his career and have decent Senior Bowls and Combine.

Josh Johnson – QB – San Diego

Yet another QB to add to the roster ! Sounds like Johnson has the stills to be a Gruden type QB, he’s got excellent athleticism and is a scrambler.

There’s some glowing praise on NFL.com and it could appear that the Bucs have found a potential sleeper in the lower ends of the draft

One of the game’s best-kept secrets, at least where the national media is concerned, Johnson has greatly impressed professional scouts that have actually seen him perform. Many will agree that he is one of the most exciting athletes to watch with the ball in his hands, bringing back memories of Michael Vick and Vince Young during their collegiate days.

That’s high praise indeed, only time will tell whether he’s the next VY or the next Ryan Leaf

Geno Hayes – ILB – FSU

Prototypical Tampa 2 linebacker, with the current depth of LB’s at Tampa it could be a struggle for him to make camp, certainly worth a training camp spot. Has good speed and because of his smallish frame would be more suited to an OLB role in the NFL. Has good open field pursuit skills and one thing the Bucs love, he’s got a great tackle technique.


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April 27, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Draft 08: Bucs go CB and KR…

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The draft has reached it’s halfway point and the Bucs have decided that Aqib Talib and Dexter Jackson were the players that best met their needs.

The first 2 rounds contained a flurry of trades with teams moving up and down to grab the player that they felt best suited them, at points it was hard to keep up with who was trading up or down and with who. Jacksonville traded up massively to snag Derrick Harvey and the Ravens traded back to pick up Joe Flacco.

Anyway here’s some breakdown on the Bucs first day picks

Aqib Talib.

Certainly Talib has the skill set to be a nice fit into the Bucs cover 2 scheme. He’s a decent size for a corner and plays with a lot of physicality. I’m hoping that he can improve his open field pursuit and tackling skills as this is key for the Bucs CB’s. The other red flag could be his off the field issues as he’s failed 3 drugs tests.

Dexter Jackson.

One word, Quick. Jackson clocked a 4.33 for the 40 and although he may not be an instant impact at WR he’ll add a lot to the Bucs return game. I feel this is a gamble of a pick, but if he turns out to have the return skills of a Devin Hester then it could be a great pick up. However, i’m not sure that spending a second round pick on a potential special teams star is that wise. The Bucs WR core is in need of a massive kick up the ass. With this pick there is extra pressure on Clayton and Stovall to really step up and help the evergreen Joey Galloway.

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April 27, 2008 at 8:41 am

Draft Day

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So the annual meat market that is the NFL Draft has rolled into the Radio City Music Hall in New York. In the gap between the Superbowl and Pre Season its the Draft that holds the avid NFL fans interest as they discuss such things as short shuttles, 40 times, character issues and the oft quoted “upside”.

So who are the Bucs likely to take with their first round pick, #20 overall ?

Opinions swing wildly from one player to another from one position to another dependant on what someone feels is the biggest need for the team or the likely Best Player Available (BPA).

Here’s a selection of mock draft picks for the Bucs

Mel Kiper – Aqib Talib CB

Rick Gosselin – Jonathon Stewart RB

Vic Carriucci – DeSean Jackson WR

Todd McShay – Aqib Talib CB

Foxsports – Devin Thomas WR

From just 5 supposed draftniks we have 4 different players and 3 different positions of need. Of the positions selected above WR and CB are the most pressing need.  The Bucs certainly have needs at CB, with BK having left and Ronde hitting 33 we have no heir apparent. I have seen Mike Jenkins mentioned alongside Talib as another potential draft day target.

At WR i’ve seen us linked with just about every potential round 1 prospect, these include Limas Sweed, James Hardy and Malcolm Kelly. Of all the WR’s i’d like Sweed from Texas if we did go WR. He has a nice blend of size and speed, although not quite a burner in the Galloway mould could develop into that #1 receiver for the future.

Throw into the draft mix, trades, both up and down, the first few rounds of this years draft promise to be real interesting.

Just waiting for Commissioner Goodell to take the stage and utter the words, with the 20th pick of the 2008 draft the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…..





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April 26, 2008 at 4:30 pm