With plenty of holes that needed to be filled on the defensive side of the football, the Buccaneers added value along with potential on day two.
In the third round the team added one of the best pure run stoppers in the draft, when they selected DT Roy Miller out of Texas, Miller is a fierce competitor and out spoken vocal leader.
The 6-foot-1, 310-pound Miller adds girth on the interior of the defensive line, while also bringing loose hip and the ability to anchor and pursue and shed to chase sideline to sideline.
“You read [the scouting reports] and definitely it pisses you off,” said Miller. “Everybody has an opinion. I take a lot of pride. I’m honored to be a Buc, but I feel there were a lot of guys that went ahead of me that shouldn’t have. Those kinds of things I feed off when I play. It is what is.”
“To me, I feel like I’m the best defensive tackle in the draft,” said Miller. “Watching everybody come off the board, [is motivation], I knew a couple of guys were going to go based on the hype that they got, but I yeah I watched. Like I said before those kinds of things push me. I’ll feed off of them.” Source: PewterReport.com
In the fourth round the team choose USC DE Kyle Moore, the 6-foot-5, 272 pounder has the ability to stack the edge, and is stout enough in the run game to be a rotational player, while he continues to work on his craft.
“Man it is honor to play on that defense because I watched that defense growing up, and watched the guys that have came out of there,” Moore said. “From linebackers, to corners, to defensive linemen. Simeon Rice when he was there, watching him, and all the great linebackers. I liked watching all the guys on Tampa Bay. I know they had stars like Derrick Brooks. It is a great defense and I would love to be apart of it. Hopefully I can help that defense to be aggressive and dominant.”
“I know I need to work on the run. I need to work on that and get better at that, but I’m pretty confident that I can play the run,” said Moore. “I just have to work on it. Everybody has something that they need to work on, but I know I can get to that quarterback pretty well, so I’m okay with that.
“I guess (sacks) are big with the league, but compared to my sack total (in 2007) with two and then last year I had five – and I had a sack and a half taken away from me during the season. Then I got one in the Senior Bowl. Guys have to remember that in our defense we only have 50-60 plays in a game. I’m not making any excuses, but compared to teams that have 90 plays, we just don’t have a lot of plays to get to the quarterback. A lot of teams didn’t want to throw against us. They were just running the ball. That’s probably the reason for my sack total. There just wasn’t a guy that had double-digit sacks on my defense this year.” Source: PewterReport.com
The fifth round saw the Bucs add depth to the offensive line with the selection of former Illinios product Xaiver Fulton, Fulton has outstanding raw atheltic ability and is best suited to play in a zone blocking scheme, this pick further shows the Dominik and Morris get it, you draft players that fit within your system.
“I’m a pretty athletic guy,” said Fulton. “I’m very fast. I like to get up to the next level very quickly. If you get your linemen on the second or third level, obviously you have done something pretty well and usually it’s a big yardage gain.”
“I think that is the attitude that you have to have if you are going to last long or at all at this level,” said Fulton. “I know I’m going to have to compete. There are men who look at this as a way to feed their family. Obviously, I’m a 23-year-old kid coming in just trying to learn everything. I’m going in with the aspect that I’m going to learn and be a much better offensive lineman, and hopefully compete for a position.” Source: PewterReport.com
At the top of the seventh round the Buccaneers took a gamble on cornerback EJ Biggers, of Western Michigan a physical man cover corner, Biggers ended his college career with 136 tackles, six tackles for loss, seven interceptions and 19 passes defensed.
Finding depth towards the bottom half of the seventh round the team selected Oregan State receiver Sammie Stroughter, the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Stroughter finished his collegiate career with 164 receptions for 2,653 yards and 14 touchdowns. Stroughter add depth to a receiving corps that is very young and raw behind current starters Antonio Bryant & Michael Clayton.
The new brain trust, really get it, instead of reaching for players, the stood true to there draft board and added quality potential and future starters or solid contributers in just their first draft.
While it might look unspectualr on paper, the team filled everyone of there needs, of course only time well tell how well the prospects pan out, but this fanatic likes the conviction, that both Dominik and Morris showed.