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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

Brian Kelly hits the Free Agency Market

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As expected Brian Kelly has opted out of the final year of his contract with the Bucs. By paying out $420,000 Kelly has made himself a free agent. Kelly has been looking for a big pay day for the past few seasons and hasn’t been able to get the Bucs to bite on a long term, high value contract.

However looking at Kelly’s injury record it’s obvious why the Bucs didn’t commit and will any other NFL team pony up big dollars for a CB that has spent more time on the sidelines than between the hash marks ?

So whats the future at CB for the Bucs now ? Philip Buchanon has filled in nicely, and Sammy Davis could fill in the Nickle position, however this makes me think that we need to pick up a top tier CB in this years draft or FA. I’ve seen some mock drafts linking us with Aqib Talib or Mike Jenkins but I certainly think we need some help.

In other FA news the Bucs resigned Michael Bennett to provide some depth in the RB position. Bennett showed some glimpses of form during his limited game time and should benefit from having spent more time with the Bucs offence.

Latest Mock Drafts

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So with only one game to go in the 2007 season the pundits attention seems to have turned to the 08 Draft as there are a plethora of Mocks that have sprung up. Choices of note is that of Mel Kiper. He’s taken a punt on Felix Jones. Certainly it’s doubtful that Cadillac Williams will be back in ’08 and there are rumours that it could be longer. However with Graham, Pittman, Bennett and Darby already on the roster I can’t see us spending a round 1 pick on a RB.Heres a quick take on the some of the picks for the Bucs

SI.com – Don Banks

OT – Sam Baker

ESPN Insider – Mel Kiper

RB – Felix Jones

Yahoo Sports

CB – Aqib Talib

NFLDraftCountdown.com

OT – Sam Baker

Footballs Future

OT – Sam Baker

FoxSports

WR – DeSean Jackson

The Bucs 2007: QB, RB, WR – Room for improvement or excellent considering ?

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The season has closed for the 2007 Bucs and it’s time to take stock of where we are and what should be done to build on what has been an interesting season. The Bucs finished the season with a trip to the playoffs and another NFC South Division title.

At the start of 2007 i’d have said that either was unlikely, but the divisional teams were poor this season and the Bucs took advantage of some teams on poor runs (early season wins against the Saints and Rams comes to mind).So where do the Bucs need to improve to ensure that we don’t follow the trend in the division and end up as the team at the bottom of the NFC South ? Firstly i’ll look at the offensive side of the ball.

How much of a role will Graham have next season ?

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2007 Bucs Draft Review

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I thought i’d take some time to look back at the draft class of 2007. All the talk pre draft was that the Bucs were nailed on to take Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech with the #4 pick. However come draft day the Lions took Johnson at #2 and the Bucs took Gaines Adams the Defensive End from Clemson. Could Adams replace Simeon Rice at DE on the Bucs line ?

Could Adams live up to the expectations ?

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December 29, 2007 at 7:10 pm

2008 Draft Prospect Watch Part 1

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The 2007 regular season is coming to an end and some teams thoughts will be turning to the 2008 Draft. The Miami Dolphins have the #1 pick and the Bucs are in the post season and will be looking at the draft pick somwhere in the 20’s I’ll be keeping an eye on a few of the Draft sites and looking at who the draftniks think will be the Bucs #1 pick in 08.Looking at a few sites it seems that the draftniks see Offensive Line or Linebacker as areas that need to be addressed. Looking at the ’07 Bucs I’d say that’s the most obvious areas of need.

NFLDRAFTCOUNTDOWN:
SAM BAKER O/T USC
FOOTBALLS FUTURE:
GODSER CHERILUS O/T BOSTON COLLEGE
DRAFTTEK:
CHRIS WILLIAMS O/T VANDERBILT
DRAFT KING:
QUINTIN GROVES DE/OLB AUBURN
GBN REPORT:
KEITH RIVERS OLB USC

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December 26, 2007 at 7:21 pm

First ’08 Mock Draft

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Scott Wright of NflDraftCountdown has posted his first Mock Draft for the 2008 Draft. Like most NFL fans I only really have half an eye on the college game at the moment and am only really aware of the top 2 or 3 players in each position. As the NFL season progresses I start to pay more attention to what’s is going on and whose slated to be the next batch of Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I’m sure it gets earlier each year but here’s Scotts first take on the class of ’08

1. ATLANTA FALCONS – BRIAN BROHM QB Louisville
2. BUFFALO BILLS – GLENN DORSEY DT | L.S.U.
3. DALLAS COWBOYS (f/CLE) DARREN MCFADDEN RB | Arkansas
4. MIAMI DOLPHINS – JAKE LONG OT | Michigan
5. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – ANDRÉ WOODSON QB | Kentucky
6. ST. LOUIS RAMS – KENNY PHILLIPS S | Miami (FL)
7. WASHINGTON REDSKINS CALAIS CAMPBELL DE | Miami (FL)
8. MINNESOTA VIKINGS DESEAN JACKSON WR | California
9. OAKLAND RAIDERS – SAM BAKER OT | USC
10. DETROIT LIONS – CHRIS LONG DE | Virginia
11. HOUSTON TEXANS – DAN CONNOR OLB | Penn St.
12. NEW YORK GIANTS – JONATHAN STEWART RB | Oregon
13. TENNESSEE TITANS – DERRICK HARVEY DE | Florida
14. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS – MALCOLM JENKINS CB | Ohio St.
15. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – SEDRICK ELLIS DT | USC
16. ARIZONA CARDINALS – QUENTIN GROVES DE | Auburn
17. NEW YORK JETS – GOSDER CHERILUS OT | Boston College
18. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (f/SF) JAMES LAURINAITIS – ILB | Ohio St.
19. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – MATT RYAN QB | Boston College
20. CAROLINA PANTHERS – Reggie Smith CB | Oklahoma
21. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – RYAN CLADY OT | Boise St.
22. CINCINNATI BENGALS – DEMARIO PRESSLEY DT | North Carolina St.
23. CHICAGO BEARS – CHAD HENNE QB | Michigan
24. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – JOHN CARLSON TE | Notre Dame
25. DENVER BRONCOS – KEITH RIVERS OLB | USC
26. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS – FRANK OKAM DT | Texas
27. BALTIMORE RAVENS – TOMMY BLAKE DE | T.C.U.
28. GREEN BAY PACKERS – STEVE SLATON RB | West Virginia
29. PITTSBURGH STEELERS – ANTOINE CASON CB | Arizona
30. SAN FRANCISCO 49’ERS (f/IND) LIMAS SWEED WR | Texas
31. DALLAS COWBOYS – JACK IKEGWUONU CB | Wisconsin
32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – Selection forfeited as part of punishment for violating league rules.

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October 5, 2007 at 8:49 pm