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2009 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 17 Josh Freeman QB Kansas State #3 QB Round 2
3 81 Roy Miller DT Texas #6 DT Round 3

East West Shrine Game

Miller played a good game.  He was consistently tough versus the run.

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Miller is a player I like more than most.  Most of the comments you hear draft analysts say about Miller is that he is an effort-guy that gets the most out of his ability.  However, he is more than that.  Miller is very strong.  Miller has good speed for a tackle, which combined with his all-out effort is why he is in on a lot of plays.  And Miller is more athletic than he appears.  Miller is a player I would draft for my team.
4 117 Kyle Moore DE Southern Cal #13 DE Round 3

Senior Bowl practice comment

Moore flashed a couple of times during the 11 on 11's, once getting a sack, another time against a run.   He also held his own during the one-on-one drills.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

4 - 4 Johnson 1-1   Caldwell 2-0   Oher 0-2   Green 1-1
5 155 Xavier Fulton OT llinois #9 OT Round 3

Senior Bowl practice comment

Fulton started hot and eventually the speed rushers caught up to him.  Overall he had a good week.

ONE ON ONE BLOCKING DRILLS SCORED BY JAY GOLDBERG

8 - 9 Jamison 3-1   English 4-4   Davis 1-2   Brown 0-2

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Fulton looked good in during the one-on-one blocking drills during Senior Bowl practices.  He followed that up with an impressive Combine.  Fulton's workout numbers across the board are all in the top third of offensive tackles.  Fulton is a former defensive end who still needs to work on his technique, but he has the tools to be successful.  After the tackles go at the top of the draft, Fulton could be targeted by a team that anticipates a need a left tackle in a couple of years.
7 217 E.J. Biggers CB Western Michigan NR Off my board
7 233 Sammie Stroughter WR Oregon State NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Rob Bruggerman OC Iowa NR Late Round Value
FA ---- Marshall McDuffie SS/CB Florida International NR 7th/FA
FA ---- Josh Vaughn RB Richmond NR 7th/FA
FA ---- DeAngelo Willingham FS/CB Tennessee NR Late Round Value

 

C+

2009 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Bucs didn't have many picks.  How you grade their draft is directly related to your grade on Freeman.  I had a second round grade on him, which is why their grade is a high C as opposed to a B.  In the long run, Miller and Fulton will be the only players that will develop into top tier starters.

The Bucs had no wow factor for me in their college street free agent signings.

DRAFT PICKS

If I were Buc management I would not have drafted Freeman.  I would have gone with Leftwich and continued to develop Josh Johnson.  I then would have drafted Macklin or Matthews.

Miller was one of the more underrated players in the draft.  The kid is strong and has good speed and athleticism for his size.  He also plays hard all the time.  He will be a good NFL player for a long time.

Kyle Moore will be a reliable end of the bench.  He will not develop into a player you want starting long term.  While depth at defensive end was needed by Tampa Bay, I would have gone with outside linebacker Marcus Freeman, my top pure WILL in the draft.  At end, Sidbury Jr. may have been better than Moore as a backup since he would also have upgraded their pass rush in the nickel.

Fulton will improve to be a steal down the line.  He is not ready yet, but has the base skills and athleticism to be a starting left tackle in a couple of years.  The Bucs can afford to wait and made a great investment for the future with Fulton.

The Bucs had Biggers rated more highly than I did.  However, the kid plays hard all the time and timed faster than most thought he would.  With both Mickens and Lanster available here, I believe the Bucs missed an opportunity to grab a player with more upside than Biggers.

If the Bucs wanted a return man, then Stroughter was fine here.  However, the Bucs need receivers.  I like the good hands and consistency of Manny Johnson and the upside potential of Tiquan Underwood as receivers, and I would have drafted one of these two over Stroughter.

 COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Bruggerman is an athletic center who could develop into a reliable reserve.  A year on the practice squad could be in his future.

McDuffie is a safety who has the measureables and athleticism that could translate to corner in the Bucs' scheme.  He will need to get stronger becasue Buc corners have to tackle and he will have to excel on special teams if he wants to stick.

Vaughn may have the best shot of the Bucs' college street free agents to stick.  He is strong as an ox, has quick feet and good athleticism for a big back.  He could be a short-yardage and goal-line back.

Willingham has a nice mix of strength, speed and athleticism.  It will be a numbers game, but he has the skills to be a backup defensive back and special teams player in the NFL.

For chart below: red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
ARM-HAND relative to position, for ranges see ranking pages for 2009 draft

LAST NAME
at Combine
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HGT WGT ARM-
HAND
BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Freeman Josh Kansas State 6'5.6" 248 L-XL - 4.92 1.66 2.86 4.43 - 7.11 33.5" 9'11"
Miller Roy Texas 6'1.2" 310 S-L 36 4.93 1.68 2.82 4.74 - 8.01 32" 8'7"
Moore Kyle USC 6'5" 272 M-L 22 4.76 1.62 2.80 4.47  - 7.40 30.5" 8'9"
Fulton Xavier Illinois 6'4.4" 302 M-L 27 4.98 1.68 2.87 4.56 - 7.35 31" 9'3"
Biggers E. J. Western Mich 5'11" 180 - - 4.42 - - - - - 36" -
Stroughter Sammie Oregon State 5'9.3" 189 S-M 13 4.45 1.49 2.58 4.28 - 7.03 30" 9'2"
Bruggerman Rob Iowa 6'4" 293 S-M 32 5.05 1.72 2.94 4.69 - 7.69 33" 8'8"
McDuffie Marshall Florida Internat 6'0.5" 200 - 10 4.57 1.56 2.71 4.11 - 7.06 40.5" 10'3"
Vaughn Josh Richmond 5'11.1" 221 - 36 4.59 1.59 2.68 4.15 - 7.10 37" 9'11"
Willingham DeAngelo Tennessee 5'11.2" 217 - 20 4.46 1.53 2.62 4.36 - 6.81 36" 10'6"

2009 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY
Major need
     Need     Upgrade possible     Depth/possible need     Not a need

QB Garcia and McCown are UFAs.  Johnson is a player I like but he isn't ready yet.  Griese is nothing more than a stop gap as a starter.  The Bucs will have to sort out this position this offseason.
RB Graham is a tough kid, a solid football player, a team guy, but perhaps his value long term as a starting running back can be seen in the fact that he was moved (unselfishly) to fullback when the team was hit with a rash of injuries.  How many of the top halfbacks in the league would have the ball taken out away from them to play fullback?  That said, Graham is a capable starter, but one who could be replaced by a game-breaking back, one like Cadillac Williams used to be before his two tragic knee injuries.  The team also has Dunn, who is still a useful change-of-pace, third down back.  It's hard to gauge what the Bucs will do at running back, but without a game-changer, I'll list it as a need.
WR The Bucs finally get production from a receiver not named Galloway, and that receiver, Bryant, is a an UFA.  So between Galloway's age and fragile nature, Hilliard's age, and Bryant and Clayton being UFAs, this position needs a lot of attention this offseason.
TE Former Seahawk Stevens had a nice year for the Bucs but is an UFA.  Smith is a good young tight end, but he hasn't taken his game to the next level and starting to look like what you are seeing is what you'll get.
OL The Bucs line performed very well and should continue to be a strength.  In addition to their starters, I like their reserves inside.  Backup tackles, however, could be added.
DL It's time for the Bucs to revamp their defensive line.  Haye and Adams are keepers, Carter and Hovan need to be replaced.  The Bucs need an end and a tackle.
LB This may be heresy, but the Bucs may be best off moving on from Brooks and starting June at his natural WILL position, rather than playing him at SAM where he is overmatched.  Ruud is a terrific middle linebacker.  Black would be a candidate to start if Brooks moved on.  In any case a true SAM linebacker should be added to compete for playing time.
DB Barber is aging, but still is more plus than minus.  Buchanon is an UFA.  There are no options to start behind these two, therefore the Bucs need at least one, maybe two corners.  At safety the team is in better shape.  Jackson and Phillips are a nice starting tandem and I like the potential of Piscitelli.
ST Special teams is a strength for the Bucs.  Returner Smith, kicker Bryant and punter Bidwell all excel at what they do.

 

2008 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 20 Aqib Talib CB 6'0.6" 202 Kansas #3 CB Round 1
2 58 Dexter Jackson WR/Ret 5'9.2" 185 Appl State #11 WR Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Jackson had a very good post-season.  He is a dynamite return man with great speed and quickness.  He also showed very reliable hands making him more than just a special teams prospect.  Jackson will be a solid slot receiver.
3 83 Jeremy Zuttah OG/OT 6'3.2" 303 Rutgers #5 OG Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Zuttah was a right tackle in college who projects to a guard in the NFL.  He is very strong, very quick, and has good speed.  He was considered a smart, overachieving type in college but is one of the most physically-gifted guards in the draft.  This kid will be a steal for a team in the draft.
4 115 Dre Moore DT 6'4" 305 Maryland #5 DT Round 2

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

Moore is a great athlete who has not transferred his enormous skills from practice to the game consistently yet.  However, with time and good coaching he could be a stud in the NFL.  The best thing that could happen to Moore is that he goes in round three and has to work to get a big contract at the end of his rookie deal.  He needs work on his technique.  So far he has gotten by on his physical skills.  I'm betting on this kid putting it together and being a very good NFL player.
5 160 Josh Johnson QB 6'2.6" 213 San Diego #6 QB Round 3

Player who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than him.

While definitely a great athlete, Johnson is also a good passer.  He is much more than an athlete playing quarterback.  Last year he threw 43 touchdowns and only 1 interception.  And, no that is not a misprint. He also ran for 726 yards (7.2 yards per rush).   In time, Johnson could be what Vick was suppose to be.  Johnson will grow into one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.
6 175 Geno Hayes OLB 6'0.7" 226 Florida State #11 OLB Round 4
7 238 Cory Boyd RB 6'0" 213 South Car   Late Round Value
FA   Jonathan Hefney FS/Ret 5'7.7" 190 Tennessee #8 FS Round 4
FA   Elbert Mack CB/Ret 5'9.7" 172 Troy   Late Round Value

 

A

2008 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The grade says it all.  The Bucs had an excellent draft for now and for the future.  They stole Dre Moore and Josh Johnson in rounds four and five.  In addition, Hefney was a good college street free agent signing.

DRAFT PICKS

Talib not only has the tools to play well in the Bucs' cover-two scheme, he has the tools to play man-to-man.  He will start off as the nickel, but will grow into a Ronde Barber type of corner, one who will be solid in coverage and make big plays.

While some may feel Jackson was drafted a little high, I do not.  Jackson will be a top return man and a slot receiver with big-play ability.  He has great speed, catches the ball the very well, is quick, and makes sharp cuts.  He will never be a #1, but will be an important piece of the Bucs' offense for years.

Zuttah has the pedigree I love coming into the NFL.  He was considered a smart, hard-working over-achiever at Rutgers and then showed he has the physical skills as well during workouts.  Initially, Zuttah will be a quality, versatile backup.  In a couple of years he will be a valuable starter.

Moore has tremendous physical skills.  He is strong, fast and athletic.  He needs some work on technique, but is another player who will be a top starter down the line.

Josh Johnson was my favorite developmental quarterback in the draft (having QB guru Gruden second that just makes me even more confident in my analysis).  He is a great athlete, but is also a smart quarterback, and accurate passer, completing over 68% of his passes his senior year while throwing 43 touchdown passes versus 1 interception.  Johnson may need three years of development before taking over, but he is the Bucs quarterback of the future.

Hayes is an instinctive linebacker who made a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage last year.  He will start his career on special teams.  He may never be a starter, but could develop into a reliable reserve.

Boyd is a tough son of a gun and strong runner with a little more speed than you'd think.  His approach and attitude could make him  along time backup since he is the rare running back who will like and excel on special teams cover units.  

COLLEGE STREET FREE AGENTS

Hefney is undersized, but a smart football player who could work well in nickel defenses.  He can also backup corner as well as safety and has experience as a return man.

Mack is a good candidate for the Bucs' practice squad.  He needs to get bigger and stronger.  He has the potential to develop into a good backup corner who can cover slot receivers. 

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft
(blue college name indicates workout #'s include Pro Day numbers)

COMBINE
YES
FIRST NAME SCHOOL HEIGHT WEIGHT BENCH 40 10 20 SHORT LONG 3 CONE VERT BROAD
Talin Aqib KANSAS 6'0.6" 202 10 4.42 1.51 2.56 4.25 NA 6.82 38" 10'11"
Jackson Dexter APPL STATE 5'9.2" 185 11 4.31 1.53 2.54 4.15 11.22 6.81 30.5" 10'2"
Zuttah Jeremy RUTGERS 6'3.2" 303 35 4.99 1.73 2.87 4.54 NA 7.59 26.5" 8'11"
Moore Dre MARYLAND 6'4" 305 31 4.84 1.62 2.70 4.55 NA 7.73 28" 8'9"
Johnson Josh SAN DIEGO 6'2.6" 213 NA 4.44 1.58 2.63 4.42 NA 7.56 33.5" 9'2"
Hayes Geno FL STATE 6'0.7" 227 22 4.64 1.58 2.64 4.33 NA 7.22 31.5" 9'8"
Boyd Cory SOUTH CAR 6'0" 213 25 4.51 1.52 2.58 4.24 12.08 6.97 35.5" 9'10"
Hefney Jonathan TENNESSEE 5'7.7" 190 14 4.52 1.56 2.63 4.44 NA 7.07 39" 9'9"
Mack Elbert TROY 5'9.7" 172 8 4.40 1.49 2.52 4.23 NA 6.77 35" 10'0"

2008 NEEDS PRIOR TO DRAFT AND FREE AGENCY

TB          Major Need          Need          Upgrade         Depth Need         Not a Need

QB  A deep unit with Garcia, McCown, Gradkowski and Simms.  However, with Gruden as coach, this doesn't mean he won't bring in another quarterback.  He never seems satisfied with what he's got.
RB  I like Caddy but he just can't stay healthy so he can't be relied on.  Graham played well in his absence but is one of those running backs you can win with, but you are constantly on the lookout for a more explosive player.  Like Cadillac Williams.  Pittman is an effective back-up but he is becoming too injury prone.  Look for the Bucs to bring in a runner who can either compete to start or can be an explosive change-of-pace to Graham should Caddy not be ready.
WR  Galloway and Hilliard have to be the oldest pair of starting receivers inn the league.  Galloway should remain a starter, but Hilliard needs to be a #3.  The Bucs need a young stud to upgrade this unit.  They could also use another receiver to compete for a backup spot.
TE I like Smith and believe he is on his way to being a top NFL tight end.  Bechte can block.  Stevens is a good player, but with him on board there is always a need for depth because he could be gone in 60 seconds.
OL  Wade is a free agent.  If he leaves the team will need a center.  At tackle and guard the team has a good young nucleus that should get better and Petitgout coming back from injury.
DL The team has a nice mix of veterans and young players.  A run-stuffing nose tackle with size could be brought on to backup and challenge Hovan. 
LB Camp bodies fighting for one, maybe two backup spots is all that is needed.  The starting trio is set and Black is on board to replace Brooks when (if?) he finally slows down.
DB Another strong unit.  A corner and a safety for depth is all that is needed.
ST Another solid unit.  If a dynamic return man is available, he could be brought in, although Spurlock certainly raised some eyebrows in that regard.

 

2007 DRAFT PICKS
links go to NFL.com website

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's Draft Value
1 4 Adams, Gaines DE 6-5 260 Clemson # 1 DE Round 1
2 35 Sears, Arron OT 6-4 328 Tennessee # 3 OG Round 2
2 64 Piscitelli, Sabby SS 6-3 224 Oregon State # 4 SS Round 2
3 68 Black, Quincy OLB 6-2 240 New Mexico # 4 OLB Round 2
4 106 Jackson, Tanard CB 6-0 192 Syracuse #10 CB Round 3
5 141 Peterson, Greg DE 6-5 286 North Carolina Central Late Round Value
6 182 Hayward, Adam OLB 6-0 235 Portland State Late Round Value
7 214 Denman, Chris OT 6-6 315 Fresno State Late Round Value
7 245 Hamilton, Marcus CB 5-11 186 Virginia Late Round Value
7 246 Darby, Kenneth RB 5-10 213 Alabama Late Round Value
FA Olajabutu, Sam OLB 5-9 227 Arkansas # 8 OLB Round 3
FA Taylor, Zac QB 6-2 216 Nebraska Off My Board

 

B+

2007 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Bucs had an excellent draft.  While others may not have been high on it, the Bucs drafted two players on my list of players who will have a better NFL career than many drafted higher than them, and signed another as a college street free agent.  My only objection was that they did not come away with a wide receiver, a position of need for the team, in a draft deep in wide receiver talent.

Adams was the best pass rushing defensive end in the draft.  He will become (very soon) a double-digit sack guy.  He isn't as good against the run but will improve in that area.  He is adept in pursuit against the run, but needs to improve playing off blocks and making plays when teams run at him.  Sears will be in the mix to start at left guard as soon as this season.  He is already NFL-ready as a run blocker and just needs to hit the weight room to bet there as a pass blocker as well.  He has all the tools to be a solid long-term starter for the Bucs.  Piscitelli is a player I like a lot.  He has the smarts, speed, quickness, change of-direction skills and athleticism to be a solid free safety and the strength and hard-hitting ability to play in the box as a strong safety.  He does need to wrap up better when tackling and forgo the big hit.  He will also be a terror on special teams.  Piscitelli will develop into a Pro Bowl level talent.  Black is another top athlete.  I can see him as Brooks eventual replacement.  In the meantime he will be another top special teams player and could play a role in the Bucs' nickel defense.  Jackson was good value for the Bucs since he is an ideal cover two corner.  He is smart, tough and has good cover skills, but lacks top speed and quickness.  Peterson has good size and speed but will need time to develop.  The Bucs may try him at under-tackle where his athleticism is ideal, but he will need to get stronger.  Look for him to spend time on Tampa Bays' development squad.  Personally, I would have gone in a different direction with this pick.  I would have grabbed one of the talented wide receivers that fell in the draft due to the tremendous depth at the position in the draft.  Both Allison and Clowney were available at this spot.  Clowney, with his tremendous speed and return potential would have been a great pick, and would have resulted in me giving the Bucs' draft an "A".  Hayward is another fast, athletic linebacker.  He played outside in college but has the skills and measureables to move inside in the Bucs' 4-3 defense.  Hayward will need time to adjust to the NFL, but is the third player drafted so far who could be a stud on special teams (Piscitelli, Black).  Denman is another development squad prospect.  He has good size, but player better when he played at a lower weight in college.  Time will tell if he can regain his skill set at the higher weight, something he will need to do to have a NFL career.  Hamilton is another cornerback who fits best in a cover two scheme, he has excellent feet, but needs to get stronger to be able to fight through blockers and force the run.  He is another development squad candidate.  Darby runs tough and catches well, but lacks speed and quickness.  He can be effective if used, but don't expect big plays.  He could be an effective backup.

The Bucs drafted a number of players who appear to be development squad candidates so they didn't come up with a lot of college street free agents of note.  However, they did sign a player I think has a very good NFL future, in linebacker Sam Olajabutu.  This kid is quite simply a football player.  His workout numbers were not great (as expected), but his on field read and react skills are tremendous.  He is always around the ball.  Worst case he will be a solid backup and tremendous special teams player.  Best case he is one of those heartwarming underdog stories; an undersized player who fights the odds and becomes a solid NFL starter.  Taylor is a smart quarterback with limited athletic ability.  He is a good quarterback to keep on a practice squad since he could be activated in a pinch because he will know the offense and won't make stupid plays.

red indicates workout number in top range at position in draft

COMBINE
YES

 

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ADAMS GAINES CLEMSON DE 6'4.6" 258 21 4.64 1.57 2.71 4.36   7.17 35" 9'11"
Adams is the best pass rushing defensive end in the draft.  He has excellent speed, quickness and athleticism and should develop into a double-digit sack guy.  Adams is better in pursuit against the run than he is when plays are run directly at him.

COMBINE
YES

 

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SEARS AARON TENNESSEE OG/OT 6'3.2" 319 21  5.09 1.74 2.95 4.50   7.63 30.5" 8'7"
 Sears is a very athletic guard who is currently a better run blocker than pass protector.  That should improve once Sears hits the weight room.  Sears will be a solid long-term starter in the NFL.

COMBINE
YES

 

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PISCITELLI SABBY OREGON ST SS/OLB 6'2.6" 224 19 4.43 1.50 2.54 3.90 11.42 6.84 34.5" 10'2"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Piscitelli is a heady player who had an outstanding workout.  One concern is that he doesn't always wrap up when he tackles, but he is a strong kid who likes to hit.  Piscitelli has speed, outstanding quickness and good athleticism.  He could play weakside linebacker on a team like the Colts, or could play free safety since he showed the skill set (speed, quickness) to go with his smarts.  Piscitelli will be a steal for some team in the draft.

COMBINE
YES

 

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BLACK QUINCY NEW MEXICO OLB 6'1.5" 240 24 4.42 1.53 2.58 4.34 11.23 6.86 41.5" 10'4"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Black is one of the best athletes in the draft.  He will be a big-time special teams player while learning his craft.  He can pursue sideline to sideline, and has good cover skills.  He will be a difference maker at the WILL in a 4-3.  Black is a future NFL starter.

COMBINE
YES

 

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JACKSON TANARD SYRACUSE CB/FS 6'0" 200 12 4.49 1.54 2.59 4.28   6.89 34" 10'1"
Jackson has good corner skills but will need to be a in a cover-two scheme because of his lack of elite speed and quickness.  He could also play free safety because he is a heady player.

COMBINE
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PETERSON GREG N CAR CENTRAL DE/DT 6'4.7" 286 21 4.73 1.64 2.72 4.51   7.84 32.5" 8'11"
Peterson has good size for an end (is light for a tackle) and was a productive player at a small school.  He has the frame and measureables to be a productive bench player in the NFL but will need time on a team's development squad before making his NFL debut.

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HAYWARD ADAM PORTLAND ST OLB 6'0.1" 235 23 4.48 1.53 2.57 4.47   7.07 36" 9'10"
Hayward is a fast, athletic linebacker from a small school.  He has the potential to be a starter down the line and will be a very good special teams player in the meantime.

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DENMAN CHRIS FRESNO ST OT/OG 6'6.4" 315 21 5.48 1.82 3.07 4.70   7.97 27.5" 8'1"
Denman has something that cannot be coached, tremendous size.  However, he played better when he was about 20 pounds lighter.  Denman is a work in progress who will need time on a development squad, but could pay dividends in the future.

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HAMILTON MARCUS VIRGINIA CB 5'10.7" 186 11 4.48 1.51 2.56 4.26   6.86 36" 10'4"
Hamilton has potential as a cover two corner.  He has excellent feet and is a good athlete, but will need to get tougher so he can step up and force the run.

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DARBY KENNETH ALABAMA RB 5'10.3" 211 19 4.61 1.58 2.65 4.38   6.99 30" 9'0"
Darby runs tough and catches the ball well.  He lacks breakaway speed and isn't particularly quick, but could be a solid backup.

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OLAJUBUTU SAM ARKANSAS OLB 5'8.6" 227 24 4.61 1.57 2.65 4.34   7.33 36" 9'10"

PLAYER WHO COULD HAVE A BETTER NFL CAREER THAN PLAYERS SELECTED AHEAD OF HIM in the DRAFT

Olajabutu is quite simply a football player.  He was a standout at the East West Shrine Game.  He plays faster than he times, finding and getting to the ball-carrier very quickly, and is a sure tackler.  This is the type of kid a team takes a flyer on and in a couple of years they are pleasantly surprised to have uncovered a solid starter or valuable reserve.

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2007 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO THE DRAFT and FREE AGENCY
major need     need     depth/possible need     not a significant need

QB Simms could be good, but he is a question mark.  Same for Gradkowski.  A veteran should be added.
RB I'm still a Caddy man.  Pittman is a solid backup.
WR Galloway is productive but aging.  Clayton is not a starter.  Stovall, maybe.
TE Smith is a good young TE.  Bechte can block.
OL Mahan is an UFA and the Bucs may look to upgrade.  The Bucs may finally be turning the corner on their OL.
DL White is an UFA.  Rice needs to rebound, but can he?  A run-stuffer is needed.
LB Brooks and Quarles are aging.  Ruud will eventually replace one of them.  Nece can be improved upon.
DB Kelly coming off injury, Buchanon is an UFA.  Both safeties had their ups and downs.
ST Upgrade at returner will be considered.

2006 DRAFT PICKS
Links go to write-ups at NFL.com

Tampa Bay
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Jay's ranking Jay's draft value
1 23 Joseph, Davin G 6-3 312 Oklahoma # 2 OG Round 2
2 59 Trueblood, Jeremy OT 6-8 315 Boston College # 3 OT Round 3
3 90 Stovall, Maurice WR 6-4 218 Notre Dame # 8 WR Round 3
4 122 Zemaitis, Alan CB 6-1 193 Penn State Late Round Value > Round 4
5 156 Jenkins, Julian DE 6-4 276 Stanford Late Round Value > Round 4
6 194 Gradkowski, Bruce QB 6-1 218 Toledo # 9 QB Round 4
6 202 Williams, T.J. TE 6-2 270 North Carolina State Late Round Value > Round 4
7 235 Phinisee, Justin CB 5-10 198 Oregon   > Round 4
7 241 Bennett, Charles OLB 6-3 245 Clemson Late Round Value > Round 4
7 244 Massaquoi, Tim TE 6-2 253 Michigan Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Hall, Andre RB 5-9 208 South Florida # 13 RB Round 4
  FA Trucks, Anthony OLB 6-1 233 Oregon Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Houston, Reuben CB 6-0 192 Georgia Tech Late Round Value > Round 4
  FA Addae, Jahmile FS 5-10 214 West Virginia # 6 FS Round 4

 

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2006 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

by Jay Goldberg

The Bucs reached slightly in rounds one, two, and four.  They got excellent value with Gradkowski in round six.

I had a second round grade on Joseph, who was my number two rated guard in the draft.  However, I can not find fault with the selection.  Joseph will push Mahan right away for a starting job.  Joseph is a fast, athletic, hard-working guard who is fundamentally sound and will be a long-term quality starter in the league.  Trueblood needs some work.  He has the attitude, the large frame, and the long arms to develop into a good starting tackle.  The key here is he could develop, and while he has good potential, he is not a sure thing as a long term starter which is why I had a third round grade on him.  I liked Winston at this spot better than Trueblood.  Stovall is a big target who plays physically, has good hands, was a clutch receiver in college, and has good size, quickness and athleticism for a man his size.  The Bucs will make good use of his talents.  Zemaitis has good size, plays smart, and has a nose for the ball.  However, he lacks the speed to cover receivers man to man.  He may be efficient in the Bucs cover two scheme, but his best chance for success may be to hit the weight room and move to free safety. The selection of Jenkins surprised me.  I thought he was best suited for a team that plays a 3-4.  He lacks the speed and quickness of many of the other ends in the draft and, therefore, will not be a pass rush threat in a 4-3.  He can use his body and athletic ability to be effective against the run in the 4-3, and will be most effective against plays run in his zone, not in pursuit.  Still he could be useful in certain situations and as a rotation player at end.  Mark Anderson is a player I loved and he was selected three spots later.  Gradkowski was an excellent pick in round six and could force Rattay off the Bucs' roster.  If Gradkowski was a couple of inches taller he would have gone on day one.  He has good pocket awareness, a live arm, is accurate, is a leader, and is faster and quicker than he appears.  He could develop into a quality backup and has a chance to buck the odds as an undersized starter.  Williams showed terrific hands in college, then had some drops at Senior Bowl practices.  He is strong, but at times has trouble releasing from the line.  Williams looks the part, has the tools, but needs to put it all together consistently to be an asset to the team. Williams is a project for the coaching staff that could pay dividends, or could be out of the league in four years.  Phinese is a player I thought might go undrafted.  However, he went to the right team for him since his corner skills fit the cover two better than a team that uses man-to-man.  His best chance is as a special teams player and dime back since he has experience at both corner and safety.  Bennett is a good pass rushing defensive end who some projected to outside linebacker in a 3-4.  He could find a role early as a rusher in the nickel, and down the line could be a rotation player at end.  Massaquoi has improved his strength and his receiving ability.  A player improving at this point in his career is worth a shot as a developmental prospect.  Massaquoi could be a candidate for the Bucs' practice squad if he doesn't make the final roster.

The Bucs signed four college street free agents of note.  In fact, as a group, I like these four more than the Bucs' last four picks in the draft.  Andre Hall is small running back with elite speed for whom I had a fourth round grade.  While small, Hall showed toughness in blocking drills against DeMeco Ryans during Senior Bowl practices.  Add in his superb ability to catch a football and Hall could be a top third down back.  However, he could also be more than that.  Despite his size he runs with toughness between the tackles.  Hall was a nice free agent signing. Trucks had 11 sacks his senior year.  He will be a very good special teams player, a dependable backup linebacker, and could be a better pass rush specialist in the nickel than Bennett.  Houston is another corner made for the Bucs' system.  On the field he is a better prospect than Phinese.  Houston plays corner with a strong safety's mentality, he loves to hit.  In fact, strong safety may not be a bad position for Houston.  Again, on the field as a corner, I would put him on the same level as a prospect as Zemaitis.  I keep saying on the field because their are major concerns about Houston off the field.  Now we come to my favorite college street free agent signing by the Bucs.  Jahmile Addae is a local kid, from a good family, who will not be outworked, and who is a leader on the field.  I had a fourth round grade on him.  Addae is both a big time hitter and a good tackler, and no they do not always coincide.  He is also a heady player who will quickly learn his assignments, and whose instincts make up for him not having elite speed.  While learning his craft, Addae will be a very good special teams player.  It would not surprise me if this kid becomes a quality NFL starter a couple of years down the line. 

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Joseph Oklahoma 6'2.5", 305 5.09 1.74 3.01 4.75   7.75 24 32" 9'3"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Joseph has the tools and athletic ability, but he will need to bulk up some.  If he does, he could be a starter his first year in the league.  Joseph is a hard-working kid who has good speed and athleticism and will be a solid NFL starter for a long time.
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Trueblood Boston Coll 6'8", 316 5.25 1.86 3.09 4.71   7.84 20 27.5" 8'0"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Trueblood is a solid prospect, but will need time to develop.  He is a better player than work-out warrior.  He needs work on his technique and needs to be technically sound to offset his lack of top physical skills.  What he does have is tremendous size, long arms which is an asset in pass blocking, and the frame to add even more bulk.
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Stovall Notre Dame 6'4.3", 217 4.54 1.60 2.69 4.16   6.81   36" 10'2"  
WR
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Stovall is a big, physical receiver who knows how to utilize his size well.  He also has good hands, and could be the best of the group of large receivers available in the draft.  In his senior year Stovall caught 69 balls for 1,149 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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Zemaitis Penn State 6'1.2", 196 4.56     4.19 11.34 6.68 10 30" 9'9"  
CB/FS
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Zemaitis has good size but lacks the speed to cover receivers ma to man.  He does have good change-of-direction skills and decent quickness, but is not a top athlete.  He does have excellent ball skills and instincts so if he hits the weight room could be a very good free safety.
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Jenkins Stanford 6'3.5, 277 4.94 1.76 2.95 4.23   7.11 25 34.5" 9'2"  
DE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Jenkins fits best as an end in a 3-4 defense.  He is not particularly fast or quick, and doesn't have nimble feet, so he will be best using his size and athleticism to play off blocks to make plays, and to engage offensive lineman to free up linebackers to make plays.
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Gradkowski Toledo 6'1.3", 217 4.59 1.58 2.70 4.16   7.12   34' 8'11' 19
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - At the East West Shrine Game, Gradkowski showed quick feet, and good passing and running ability.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Gradkowski is a quarterback with good pocket poise and awareness, as well as a good arm.  He is also an accurate quarterback with good running and leadership abilities.  If Gradkowski was 6'4", instead of under 6'2", he would have made my players who will have better NFL careers than many drafted higher than him.  Gradkowski's size will keep him in a backup role, but he will be a very valuable backup.  In the 3 years he started, Gradkowski completed over 70% of his passes in two of those year's, and threw 85 TD passes versus only 27 interceptions.
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Williams N C State 6'2.3", 269 4.63 1.69 2.76 4.44   7.50 25 34" 9'3" 8
TE
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Williams did not show consistent hands during the Senior Bowl practices.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Williams has good hands, is strong, has above average straight line speed for a tight end.  However, Williams' looks the part at times more than he plays to his talent level.
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Phinisee Oregon 5'10", 198                    
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Phinese played both safety and corner whose best shot in the NFL could be as a special teams player and dime back.
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Bennett Clemson 6'3.4", 258 4.70 1.64 2.74 4.53 12.04 7.59 19 33.5" 9'7"  
DE/OLB
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Bennett is a good pass rush who has trouble against the run.  He could stick as a pass rush specialist.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Bennett did well in the linebacker drill at the Combine.
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Massaquoi Michigan 6'2.4", 254 4.84     4.34   6.92 32 29" 9'2"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Massaquoi could be a good h-back.  He has worked hard to get stronger and his 32 reps shows he suceeded.  He also improved as a receiver as his career later in his career.  Both are trends in  the right direction and make Massaquoi a good development project as a move tight end who could be a good short area receiver and effective blocker.
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Hall, An South Florida 5'8.4", 208 4.42 1.54 2.64 4.20 11.22 7.39 18 33" 9'5"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hall showed toughness in blocking drills against OLB Ryans during Senior Bowl practices.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Hall has great speed and was extremely productive at South Florida.  Hall ran for almost 2,800 yards with 24 touchdowns and 44 catches during his last two years in college.  Hall catches the extremely well, and his blocking at the Senior Bowl and his speed could make him an ideal third down back.
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Trucks Oregon 6'0.7", 233 4.77 1.72 2.85 4.21 11.20 7.01 22 37" 10'5"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Trucks is a good athlete who had 11 sacks as a senior.  He could be a solid special teams player, a backup linebacker, and a pass rush specialist in the nickel.  Trucks represents solid late round value in the draft.
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Houston Georgia Tech 5'11.7", 192 4.59 1.61 2.73 4.12   6.81 21 41.5" 10'7"  
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - There are some off-field concerns regarding Houston.  He is a tough guy who likes to hit and could move to strong safety.  He is a top athlete but has questionable speed so may not be able to play corner in a defense that features man-to-man.
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Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Addae was all over the field during the Senior Bowl Game.  He has very good tackling skills.
Jay Goldberg, 900FootballLinks.NET - Addae is a hard worker who is a leader on the field, is a big hitter, knows his assignments, and plays smart.  While not the best athlete at his position, Addae is fast enough and athletic enough to be a starter in the NFL. 

 

2006 TEAM NEEDS
prior to free agency

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QB Simms is a promising young quarterback.  There is an experienced backup available whether that is Griese or Rattay.
RB Williams is the real deal.  Pittman is the perfect backup, but he has a high salary for a sub.  If he doesn't restructure, Graham could be the backup, but then a pass catching third down back would have to be secured.  If Alstott retires, a fullback is needed, especially with Cook an UFA.
WR It is my opinion that Clayton played over his head his rookie season, and will not bounce back much after a disappointing sophomore year.  Hilliard is an UFA who may now be more of a four than a three.  Russell could surprise next year as an extra receiver.  However, the Bucs need a good wideout to push, and then replace Clayton, who would be fine as a number three.
TE Smith had a nice rookie campaign and will only get better.  Bechte played as I expected, a very so-so receiver and a plus, but not dominating blocker.  A dominating blocking tight end could be added.
OL Walker is an UFA and his up and down Buc career is likely over.  Colmer could replace him.  Mahan is a RFA and the Bucs won't overpay to keep him.  Davis has potential but needs to improve his pass blocking.  Buenning is a future stud at guard.  Stinchcomb and Stuesse, experienced reserves are also UFAs.  The Bucs need to bring in a guard and a tackle with starting potential.
DL Rice still has gas in his tank.  Look for White to finally overtake Spires on the other side.  The Bucs are set at end.  Tackle is a different story.  McFarland can dominate, but is often hurt, and can't sustain over a whole game.  Hovan is an UFA.  The Bucs have a project who could pay off in Bryant, but need to add a tackle or two in the offseason.
LB Brooks and Quarles are getting up there in age, but are still top performers.  Nece is nice, but not special.  Ruud is Quarles future replacement, and he will be a good one.  The Bucs need to add a good young outside linebacker to groom behind Brooks, and to bring in a player to push Nece.
DB Barber, Kelly, RFA Cox, and UFA Bolden are respectable backups.  Adams also has some potential.  Phillips is solid, but look for Nicholson to replace him this year or next.  Jackson is an UFA, but Allen is on hand to replace him.  Depth at free safety, and another corner could be added to the mix.
ST Bryant in as UFA.  He kicked well and could return.  Bidwell is a top punter.  Jones is solid at returning punts.  The Bucs will look for a kick returner in the offseason, and a kicker if they can not resign Bryant.

 

2005 COLLEGE DRAFT

Tampa Bay - links below go to NFL.com reports Jaybird Jaybird
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Ranking Value Board
1 5 Williams, Carnell RB 5-11 217 Auburn # 2 RB Round 1
2 36 Ruud, Barrett ILB 6-1 242 Nebraska # 3 ILB Round 2
3 71 Smith, Alex TE 6-4 258 Stanford # 2 TE Round 2
3 91 Colmer, Chris OT 6-5 310 North Carolina State # 6 OT Round 3
4 107 Buenning, Dan G 6-4 320 Wisconsin # 6 OG Round 3
5 141 Nicholson, Donte SS 6-1 216 Oklahoma # 2 SS Round 2
5 155 Brackins, Larry WR 6-4 205 Pearl River C.C. # 17 WR Round 4
6 178 Bryant, Anthony DT 6-3 336 Alabama #10 DT Round 3
7 221 Razzano, Rick FB 5-11 243 Mississippi   > Round 4
7 225 Warren, Paris WR 6-0 213 Utah   > Round 4
7 231 Abdullah, Hamza SS 6-2 213 Washington State # 7 SS Round 4
7 253 Russell, J.R. WR 6-3 206 Louisville #18 WR Round 4
FA   Clinkscale, Jonathan OL 6-2 315 Wisconsin Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   Robinson, Leon OG 6-4 317 Georgia Tech Late Round Value > Round 4
FA   McGruder, Lynn DT 6-1 303 Oklahoma # 15 DT Round 4
FA   Dozier, Ukee CB 6-0 183 Minnesota Late Round Value > Round 4

 

Every pick by the Bucs was for a player I had rated for that round in the draft or had rated higher in the draft than where the Bucs got them.  They did an excellent job not reaching and drafting value.

The Bucs had a great draft.  Carnell Williams will come in and be a star in the NFL from day one.  He will be a focal point of Gruden's offense and put up the best numbers of any rookie in the NFL this year.  Ruud was a solid pick in round two.  There is talk about him moving to the strong side to challenge Gooch and Nece for a starting job.  While he could be effective on the outside, he is much better inside and would be an upgrade over Quarles after he adjusts to the league.  Alex Smith was an excellent pick in round three and erases the mistake of signing Bechte, who was a disappointment for the Jets, and will be a disappointment for the Bucs as well.  Smith has "Jason Witten" written all over him.  I had a very high second round grade on Smith.  While I had a third round grade on Clomer, and the Bucs drafted him in round three he has the potential to be a third round steal.  If not for a history of injuries Colmer would have been a high second round pick.  While he could be a steal, he could also be a tease who flashes excellent skills but can't stay on the field.  Buenning is another player the Bucs grabbed a round later than where I had him graded.  He is a tough, effort player with good skills but poor technique. Coaching will bring out the best in Buenning.  Nicholoson was an out-and-out steal in round five.  he is an in-the-box, hard hitting strong safety.  I had a second round grade on him.  I knew he would fall because strong safeties are always available in free agency, and are devalued in the draft, but not to round five.  He will become a starter sometime next year (over Phillips).  He will eventually approach the skill-level at strong safety Bucs fans were accustomed to during the Lynch-era.  Mark it down.  Brackins had a fourth round grade from me, but I did so very cautiously.  He was suppose to run a 4.4 forty, but ran a 4.67.  While some had a fourth round grade on him because of his potential, I ultimately, gave him a fourth round grade because he could have value in multiple receiver sets, especially in the red zone.  Bryant was another excellent value pick for the Bucs. Bryant has the body and athletic ability to be a run-stuffing defensive tackle.  He does lack strength which is why he dropped both in the draft, and on most draft analysts value boards.  However, I believe Bryant has the attitude and work ethic to get to camp, hit the weight room, and develop into a dominate player against the run.  That is why I had a third round value on him.  He will either work out and be a third round steal, or he will be a washout.  In this case, it's entirely up to the player himself.  Razzano is a blocking fullback with good quickness and excellent strength.  He immediately becomes the lead blocker for Williams in two-back sets.  This could signify the continued demise of Mike Alstott, at least with Tampa Bay.  Paris Warren was the one pick I could question, but then the player I would have jumped at taking at that spot, J. R. Russell, was drafted by the Bucs 28 spots later.  Warren was the "other" receiver (Steve Savoy) catching passes from Alex Smith at Utah.  I thought Savoy was overrated in the draft, and Warren is a step down from him.  Abdullah played better in the post-season all star games than expected.  He could develop into a quality backup and special teams player.  He won't beat out Nicholson now, or down the line, but I had a fourth round grade on him based on the potential he showed leading up to the draft.  Russell was a seventh round steal, I had a similar grade on him as I had on Brackins.  In fact, since I now have reservations about Brackins long term impact, I like Russell even better.  He just misses the perfect size/speed ratio, but at 6'3" with 4.50 speed could be a very useful player in the league in multiple receiver sets for a long time.

In addition to a solid draft, the Bucs also made some noise in their college street free agent signings.  Clinkscale is an offensive lineman who can play guard and tackle, and could probably even handle center.  He may never be a starter, but should be an ideal reserve because he can play multiple positions, and perform adequately if needed.  Robinson is also an interesting offensive line prospect.  He is a very athletic guard with good speed.  Based on measurables, he was one of the better guards in the draft.  Obviously his talent on the field didn't match his athletic ability or he would have been drafted.  However, he is a good candidate for the practice squad, NFL Europe, and all such stuff.  McGruder was one of the best free agent signings by any team.  He was not a full time starter at Oklahoma, but should become a good defensive tackle rotation player in the NFL.  I had a fourth round grade on McGruder.  Dozier is a player I expected to get lost in this draft due to the depth at cornerback.  However a corner who has good skills, is a little over six foot, and runs a 4.50 in the forty, is worth a long look.

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Carlos "Big C" Holmes of www.daytondailynews.com reports: RB Cadillac Williams continued his roll (at Senior Bowl practice), slashing through the line of scrimmage and making defenders miss while gaining some respectable yardage during 11-on-11 drills. On one play, the sleek RB gave a little stutter-step, leaving one defender's jock on the field, breaking the run outside and tight-roping the sideline like a high-wire act. He showed great balance and the ability to shrug off initial contact. A Seahawks coach gave him kudos for his quick first step and his patience running between the tackles, something many have questioned his ability to do.
John Zenor, AP Sports Wroter reports:
"He can stop on a dime. He can go from here to there as well as a lot of people," Gruden said. "He's a good kid. You watch him score touchdowns inside the 5 as a short-yardage runner, he runs with power. He's just a hell of a back if you ask me."
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports:
Cadillac Williams (Auburn) looked terrific on Monday (at Senior Bowl practice) catching punts and passes and demonstrating vision and change of direction. He's a player teams in the top-10 that need a running back will study closely. Miami, Chicago, Arizona, Tampa Bay and Oakland were watching his every move and I'm sure they liked what they saw. As one scout said to me, "He is a complete back who showed me a lot by playing in this game." He showed me plenty of talent on the field.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
No player took a bigger gamble in coming to Mobile than Auburn RB Carnell Williams. The 'Cadillac' was the only bona fide top 10 prospect to accept an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, and has nothing to hurt his status with a solid week of practice. Williams added to his resume when he even showed very well in one-on-one blocking drills with the LBs today (Wednesday). While not big, Williams got excellent position, kept his pads real low and his feet moving as he stuffed a couple of LBs in their tracks.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Auburn RB Carnell 'Cadillac' Williams came to Mobile as the Senior Bowl's most highly-rated player. And while its tough for RBs to shine in the all-star format, Williams has not disappointed. Williams looks almost skinny, especially in the lower body, however, he has shown that special quickness and acceleration that made him a star at Auburn; Williams, in fact, also lined up at WR on a few plays, though, he was never known as much of a receiver with the Tigers.
Buccaneers.com 
perorts: Tampa Bay Bucs' head coach John Gruden, who is helping coach the South squad at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, has been impressed with Auburn RB Carnell Williams thus far during practice. "He's a Cadillac," said Gruden. "They don't call him that because he's not one. He's a flashy back and a very talented, charismatic kid. I'm not the only guy who likes him, I can promise you that."
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Has all the moves and all the tools to be one of the great ones (love that old cliché).  However, in this case it fits. A shifty, shake-and-bake type of back who just makes big plays on game day.
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Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports: Nebraska LB Barrett Ruud isn't flashy in any aspect of his game but is solid in them all.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Nebraska LB Barrett Ruud showed nice athleticism Tuesday at Senior Bowl practice.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: An underrated prospect, Ruud has the rare combination of toughness, size and speed teams want in an inside linebacker.
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Smith had a great Senior Bowl game.  He impressed me with his ability to get deep, as well as with his hands, and ability to catch the ball in traffic.  He also showed toughness after the catch.  He has moved up my value board (not in tight end ranking where he was my number two, but in where he will be drafted).   One of my top six players in the game.
Pat Kirwan of NFL.com reports:
Alex Smith of Stanford caught my eye for his route running, hands, size and desire to block. He's 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds. but he runs like he's a wide receiver (Senior Bowl practice).
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
  Stanford TE Alex Smith showed well, catching a couple of downfield passes, while he held up okay in one-on-one blocking drills.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: A move-the-chains receiver who doesn't drop the ball.  May not be drafted until round three.
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Colmer OT 5.10   4.92 7.92   29 29" 8'9" 26
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Colmer is one of the rare offensive lineman who will be taken late in day one, but has the ability to step right in and be a quality starter.  He has very good skills across the board, but a history of injuries will cause him to drop in the draft.  He will either be a steal, or a heartbreaker depending upon how he holds up. 
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Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Buenning  has the skills, toughness, and work ethic to succeed in the NFL.  He does need some work on his technique, but he has the ability to be an effective run and pass blocker.
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Nicholson SS 4.55   4.25 7.23   18 34" 10'3" 15
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: A tough hitter with good size and speed.  Nicholson is the type of player who falls in the draft, but becomes a major contributor in the NFL.
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Brackins WR 4.67 1.63 4.44 7.16     35" 9'4" 17
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Brackins had a disappointing workout.  He has a chance in multiple receiver sets because of his size, but 4.67 is a long way from 4.4.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports:
One little-known wide receiver prospect who definitely has created a curiosity factor here is Larry Brackens of Pearl River (Miss.) Junior College. We weren't able to get Brackens' height and weight, but he is a long and pretty well-defined wideout who never played at a big-time college. Scouts are anxious to see how he handles himself in the company of big-school wideouts.
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports:
Brackins is an interesting prospect.  He has very good size, is expected to run around 4.4, and is a good athlete.
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Bryant DT 4.95 1.81 4.72 4.72 7.80 23 31.5" 8'10" 14
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Bryant is a run-stuffing defensive tackle who may need to hit the weight room to improve his strength if he is to be as effective in the NFL as he was in college.  Luckily, that is something Bryant should have no problem accomplishing.
Colin Lindsay of GBNReport.com reports:
Big old Anthony Bryant  made a couple of plays in the backfield at Senior Bowl practice on Monday.
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Razzano FB 4.88   4.20 12.22 7.28 34 31" 8'9"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Razzano is a blocking fullback with good quickness and excellent strength.  He could be a contributor with the right team.
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Warren WR 4.62 1.69 4.22 11.49 7.02   31.5"   17
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Alex Smith's "other" receiver (Savoy) is not particularly fast, quick, or athletic, and may have a tough time sticking on a NFL roster.
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Abdullah SS 4.67 1.63     6.96 18 39" 9'6" 28
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Abdullah played better in the post-season all star games than expected.  His workouts were solid, not spectacular, but his value appears to be rising heading into the draft.  There is always a question, however, when his college career didn't quite match his post-season push.
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Russell WR 4.51 1.57 4.05 11.47 6.98   34.5" 10'0" 18
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Russell is a very underrated prospect.  He is a little inconsistent, and had some character issues early in the college career, but he has good size, toughness, and can make the circus catch.  While everyone is looking for receivers slightly taller, or slightly faster, Russell has a good combination of both.  He won't be ready early on, but he has the potential to be a contributor in the NFL.
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Clinkscale G/T 5.15 1.92         27.5" 8'3" 18
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Clinkscale is a roster-savior type of player.  He can play guard and tackle effectively, and could even slide inside to center.  He may never be a full time starter, but he will be a quality reserve who will come through with solid efforts when called upon due to an injury to a starter.
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Robinson OG 4.99 1.87 4.76   7.98 29 36" 9'5" 17
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Robinson is a late round sleeper.  He has skills and athletic ability.  
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McGruder DT 4.99 1.71 4.43   7.71 28 32.5" 9'4" 19
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: An interesting prospect, but a risk since he wasn't a full time starter at Oklahoma.  He is a good athlete for his position.  Worth a shot on day two.
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Dozier CB 4.50   4.31   7.03 9 36" 10'5"  
Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Dozier will get lost in this draft because of the depth at cornerback.  However is a legit six-foot corner with 4.5 speed.  He should get to a camp and given a long look.

2005 TEAM NEEDS PRIOR TO FREE AGENCY AND THE DRAFT

Jay Goldberg of 90FootballLinks.NET reports: 
major need         need position         possible need, depth needed    no real need
Key UFA: Coleman G, Darby DT, Dilger TE, Moore TE, Galloway WR, Smith S
Key RFA: none
NOTE - RFA COMPENSATION AT MINIMUM TENDER

QB: Griese had a good year but has been up and down in his career and does not have the temperament of a backup.  Johnson will be jettisoned.  Simms is the future.  If Griese doesn't restructure, a veteran will be needed.
RB: Pittman is replaceable.  garner is coming off injury and is probably best as a chang-of-pace back at this point in his career.  Alstott does not have a big enough role for his salary in Gruden's offense.  White is a good third down back and could surprise if given a chance to carry the load.  The Bucs could use a top, every-down back to carry the load.
WR: Clayton had a great rookie year.  Brown is done, Galloway is no longer the threat he once was, and Jurevicius can't stay healthy. The Bucs could use another good receiver to add to the mix.
TE: The Bucs top three players at tight end are all UFAs.  This position will, obviously, need to be addressed this offseason.
OL: The Bucs have had trouble putting together a dominate line for the last few years.  They can pass block, but give up sacks, they can run block but the team averaged less than 4 yards a carry.  At some point this unit will need to be torn down and rebuilt for dominance, not getting by.
DL: The Bucs are set at end.  They could use help at tackle where Darby is an UFA, and would be better as the third tackle than as a starter.
LB: The starters are solid.  Young depth should be added.
DB: At corner the Bucs have a very good starting tandem, and good depth.  At safety, Smith is an UFA who wants to move back to corner, and Phillips who has shown more potential than playmaking ability to date.  Young safety Allen could challenge for a starting job should Smith leave. 
ST:  This is an area that needs to be addressed in the offseason.  A serious challenger should be brought in for Taylor, Bidwell is a middle-of-the pack punter, and a big time kick returner should be targeted in the draft to challenge incumbents Galloway, Murphy and Schroeder.

 

2004 COLLEGE DRAFT

Tampa Bay
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
1 15 Clayton, Michael WR 6-3 197 Louisiana State
3 79 Cooper, Marquis ILB 6-2 213 Washington
4 111 Allen, Will FS 6-1 193 Ohio State
5 146 Terry, Jeb G 6-5 311 North Carolina
6 181 Lawrie, Nate TE 6-5 262 Yale
7 206 Jones, Mark WR 5-9 185 Tennessee
7 228 Cramer, Casey FB 6-1 242 Dartmouth
7 252 Williams, Lenny CB 5-9 190 Southern

 

I am not in love with the Bucs' draft.  I know I am in the minority, but I had Clayton with a second round grade.  He will be a good player, but not a great one worthy of the15th pick in the draft.  Bolden's success with the Cardinals last year inflated Clayton's value.  He is a very versatile athlete without blazing speed, just like Bolden.  However, Bolden's success will be hard for Clayton to duplicate.  He is the Keenan McCardell to Jimmy Smith, the Reggie Wayne to Marvin Harrison.  At spot #15 you want the Jimmy Smiths or Marvin Harrisons, not the talented sidekicks.  Even if I am wrong and Clayton becomes an all pro, I still would have drafted Vince Wilfork at that spot in the draft.  I would much rather try to replace Sapp with Wilfork than with Ellis Wyms or Darrell Russell.  In round three the Bucs drafted Cooper, a player who was a productive college player that had an excellent workout.  He was initially tabbed too small, and without the strength to be an every-down linebacker in the NFL.  He bulked up some and showed good strength along with good speed during workouts.  I had him with a fourth round grade, not a third round grade, but he is a much better athlete than the inside linebackers drafted after him in the next two rounds of the draft. No major argument here.  Will Allen was great value in round four.  I had him as a third-rounder, and as the second best pure strong safety in draft.  He should give Phillips a run for his money for the right to succeed John Lynch.  Terry was also a good value pick in round five.  He will need time to develop but could be a starter down-the-road.  Lawry and Cramer will have to scrap for roster spots, but the two Ivy-Leaguers can enjoy a hard-fought game of chess together in their down-time.  A seventh round receiver is a flyer on a special teams, multiple receiver set player.  While Jones may or may not pan out, I think the Bucs (and many other teams) missed the boat on Kendrick Starling.  He more speed, size and potential than many of the "Jones" drafted in rounds six and seven.  Lenny Williams has a decent shot to win one of the extra defensive backs roster spots for the Bucs, however, maybe not in place of free agent Ioane.  Ioane is a strong safety who can hit.  He will be a special teams terror, but will have to show some versatility to stick with Phillips and Allen ahead of him.  RB Croson, WR Collins, DE Savage and C Jackson are four other free agents that have some skills and could challenge for roster spots.  All-in-all the Bucs did not land many of the top college free agents I had on left my board.

PLAYER/ TEAM NEWS PRIOR TO DRAFT

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Clayton 6.02.6, 209 4.54 1.64 4.15 11.07 6.77 - 32½" 9-8
Clayton
LSU

#9 ranked WR  by Jaybird

Pete Fiutak / CollegeFootballNews.com posted at foxsports.com reports: Projected: late 1st round to 2nd.  Good or bad move to leave early? This is a receiver-rich draft, so it might be hard for Clayton to jump up into the top 15 like some are projecting him to go. However, he might turn into the hot prospect as draft day arrives as he has all the measurables from size to speed to sensational all-around athleticism.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: The three fastest-rising draft prospects, according to one AFC personnel chief: wide receiver Mark Clayton of LSU and two Southern Cal players, cornerback Will Poole and defensive end Kenechi Udeze.
InsideTheLeague.com reports: LSU WR Michael Clayton was clocked at 4.62 and 4.59 in the 40-yard dashes at the NFL Combine.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Michael Clayton ran 4.56, 4.59 at the Combine.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: WR Michael Clayton (LSU): After we rated Anquan Boldin among the combine's most disappointing performers in 2003, and then the Arizona Cardinals second-rounder earned rookie of the year honors, we're a tad wary about including any wide receivers in this category. But at the '04 draft's deepest position, the order is going to be reshuffled several times before April 24. Having run a pedestrian 4.62 time in the 40, Clayton is going to have to have some solid individual workouts on campus.
Vic Ketchman of  jaguars.com reports: LSU's Michael Clayton, 6-2, 209, is ultra-productive, but he's not a top workout guy, and that hurts his stock. He's not a top athlete and his route-running needs work, but he catches the ball and could be this year's Anquan Boldin.
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Cooper O 6.03.3, 220 4.57 4.12 11.08 7.02 25 37" 10-1
Cooper
Washington

#14 ranked OLB  by Jaybird

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Cooper is an excellent athlete who was originally considered too small and without the strength to play outside linebacker in the NFL.  However, he bulked up some and proved his strength with the 25 strength lifts.
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Allen SS 6-0½, 202 4.57 4.25 - 7.06 - 36" 9-7
Allen
Ohio State

#2 ranked SS  by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: SS Will Allen plays the game with passion. He's always interested and will do his work to prepare. His long arms make him a good cover safety, however he is also a solid tackler. Hips are a little stiff in coverage, but he generally covers on size and speed. Can lay the wood. Physical tools are all there, generally plays smart and has superior instincts. Some remember Allen for the hit on Willis McGahee's knee in the Fiesta Bowl.
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Terry G 6.05.5, 316 5.09 1.82 4.50 7.60 28 30" 8-6
Terry
North Carolina

#9 ranked G  by Jaybird

NFLFans.com reports: OG Terry is a workout warrior and weight room fanatic, who benches 450 pounds. If placed in a system that does not rely of the pass much, he excels in run blocking and could excel in that system. Would benefit greatly if he could add some additional mass through a good nutritional program and should not suffer from doing so in that he has an ideal frame to carry an additional 10 to 15 pounds beyond his current 310.
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Lawrie 6-5, 262 - - - - - - - -
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Yale

Jaybird: below 4th round

Jay Goldberg of 900FootballLinks.NET reports: Lawrie  is also a punter.
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Tennessee

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: : Mark helped himself tremendously at the 2004 Hula Bowl where he was the leading receiver with 2 catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. He has proven himself as a very good KR and this may be his niche in the NFL. He has the skills and athleticism to play either WR or DB in the pros but has limited size to do so.
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Williams CB 5-9¾, 190 4.50 4.31 - 7.81 24 37" 10-0
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Southern

Jaybird: below 4th round

Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports: Williams' speed (4.53, 4.57) was not bad considering his workout  was done indoors on a wood floor (a surface not conducive for running).
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Croson 6-1, 226 4.76 - - - - 14 - -
Croson
Ft Valley St

Jaybird: below 4th round

Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Croson is a big, physical RB who I took a liking to this summer when I evaluated him.  Croson is a very legit prospect.
Matt Gambill of AllProScouting reports: Fort Valley State RB Duron Croson ran a pair of pedestrian times, but he has been hampered by a hernia that was detected in his physical. He ran a 4.76 and a 4.81, but will be back in April to re-test.
NFLFans.com reports: Croson came in as one of the hotter small school sleepers, unfortunately he slept his way through the combine with two bad 40s and dropping some catchable balls in receiving drills. Needless to say, he has cooled off a bit.
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5-10, 200 4.62 4.27 11.90 7.20 - 37" 9-11
Ioane
Montana State

Jaybird: below 4th round

Bryan Dietzler of NFLFans.com reports:  Ioane is an athletic player with good skills and a great work ethic. He makes a lot of plays at the line of scrimmage and is an outstanding in run support. He is very strong and isn't afraid to hit someone or make a crushing tackle. He has good range and can get out in the open but has a tough time tackling in the open field. He also always seems to be around the ball making plays.  He does have some difficulty covering tight ends and wide receivers and would need to improve this skill to be effective in the NFL. He is best at run support.
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Jackson C 6.04.1, 3oo - - - - 28 - -
Jackson
BYU

Jaybird: below 4th round

NFLFans.com reports: Scott Jackson is going to be a work in progress when he reaches the next level and will have to continue the excellent work ethics that have gotten him this far.
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Collins 6.00.7, 202 4.67 - 4.24 11.41 7.05 - 37" 10-2
Collins
Mississippi

Jaybird: below 4th round

Bryan Dietzler of NFLFans.com reports: Collins size is his greatest attribute as well as his ability to run accurate routes. Collins also has an ability to maintain his speed when making a change in his route without having to slow down. Collins is also a pretty good blocker downfield and had a couple of crushing blocks this season.  On the downside, he doesn't posses blazing speed or a lot of athletic ability. He also has some trouble being able to jump high enough to catch a pass or out-leap some of the better defensive backs.
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Savage DE 6-4½, 283  4.99 - 4.53 7.21 20 29½" 8-8
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Moroz T 6.03.5, 316 5.13 - 4.97 8.15 20 29" 8-5

 

2003 COLLEGE DRAFT

Tampa Bay
Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
2 64 White, Dewayne DE 6-2 273 Louisville
3 97 Simms, Chris QB 6-4 220 Texas
4 130 Nimmo, Lance OT 6-5 303 West Virginia
4 133 King, Austin C 6-4 299 Northwestern
5 168 Mahan, Sean G 6-3 301 Notre Dame
6 205 Cox, Torrie CB 5-9 181 Pittsburgh

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2003 COLLEGE DRAFT REPORT CARD

White was a great pick in round two.  Prior to this past season, White was a potential top 15 pick.  However, his production fell because of injuries.  If White bounces back to his pre-injury status, the Bucs drafted a first round talent with pass-rushing and run-stopping skills at the end of round two.  Simms couldn't have hoped for a better spot.  There is no pressure for him to start the next couple of years, and he has a coach who can develop his raw abilities.  Nimmo, King and Mahan will compete for roster spots.  Of the three, I like King the best.  Torrie Cox was an excellent selection in the sixth round.  He could become a good nickel corner.
White Gil Brandt, for NFL.com, reports Louisville DL Dewayne White will work out as a LB at the NFL Combine.
AllProScouting.com reports DeWayne White - Louisville: did not boost his stock in workout  he measured  6021, 273, did 22 reps and had a  33.5" vertical
Simms Dan Pompei of the Sporting News reports: Texas QB Chris Simms appears to be some draft boards. Scouts are liking his arm strength. Simms looks like he has a better arm than Southern California QB Carson Palmer. The chances of him being picked in the first round now are pretty good. Simms may now be the third rated QB on the board, behind Palmer and Byron Leftwich of Marshall.
Gil Brandt reports for NFL.com reports Texas QB Chris Simms ran in the mid-4.7s at the NFL Combine Sunday and he really looked good throwing the ball.
Len Pasquarelli of ESPN.com reports: Chris Simms of Texas was very good (at combine on Sunday), showing that he could throw most passes, and he also exhibited a bit more speed than people felt he had.
Chris Simms, Texas -- Ran 4.82 in the 40... at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds... threw the ball well... some questions about his deep throws... could fillout to over 230 pounds... interviewed very well... and also spent over 45 minutes with the media... privately says he would like to play for either Dallas or NY Giants...
Gil Brandt reports for NFL.com reports: Simms worked out on his own. Six teams were represented, including QB coaches from St. Louis, Chicago, Jacksonville and Cincinnati. He threw over 100 passes to Rutgers TE L.J. Smith, Penn WR Rob Milanese and John Fassel, Jim Fassel's son and head coach at New Mexico Highlands University.  St. Louis' offensive coordinator and QB coach Steve Fairchild stood behind Simms, and after he finished his drills with Fassel, asked the other scouts if there were any other kinds of passes they wanted to see Simms throw. The people there asked for bootlegs and cross-body passes. And Simms did them. Those that were there say he did very good.
Cox Pete Prisco  for Sportsline.com reports:  one player who did turn some heads at the East-West college all-star game practices was Pittsburgh CB Torrie Cox. He will be a solid special-teams player and could play the nickel for some teams.
WORKOUT NUMBERS
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports, CB Cox measured 5-foot-9¼ and weighed 181 pounds. He ran the 40 twice at 4.50 and had a 35-inch vertical jump. He didn't do the long jump, but registered a 4.19 in the short shuttle and 7.16 in the three-cone drill. He also performed 17 bench presses.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com reports, Pittsburgh CB Torrie Cox tested positive for diluted urine at the NFL Combine. Like Michigan State WR Charles Rogers, Cox claims he drank an excessive amount of water before the test.

 

 2002 COLLEGE DRAFT

GRADE : B


Walker was good value in round three but now the Bucs top three WRs are big targets lacking game-breaking speed.  Stephens was a great pick in round four.  He should compliment Pittman and Aslstott very nicely.  He is a good football player.  With some work Phillips could develop into a solid starting safety in the NFL.  Another good pick.  DE Stamper could develop into a pass rush specialist.  Wistrom is a good player to have and a solid back-up TE.  WR Lockett was a great pick for this team in the seventh round.  They desperately needed a speed WR.  He should be an excellent return man and good WR in multiple receiver sets.  If not for his size he would have gone higher in the draft.  He can fly.


Links below take you to NFL.com's report on player, position or college team.

Rd Sel# Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School
3 86 Walker, Marquise WR 6-2 219 Michigan
4 119 Stephens, Travis RB 5-8 194 Tennessee
5 157 Phillips, Jermaine FS 6-1 214 Georgia
6 193 Stamper, John DE 6-4 265 South Carolina
7 233 Wansley, Tim CB 5-8 180 Georgia
7 250 Wistrom, Tracey TE 6-4 245 Nebraska
7 254 Lockett, Aaron WR 5-7 155 Kansas State
7 255 Quaccia, Zack C 6-4 309 Stanford

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