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Morris gearing up for NFL Draft

by Roland Johnson on April 3, 2009

With the teams first mini camp officially in the books, new head coach Raheem Morris and the rest of the coaches and scouting department will now focus all their attention towards the draft. Morris left little room for doubt as to what the team will be looking for as he put it is is obvious.

“We’ve got obvious needs,” Morris said. “We want some defensive tackles. We addressed a lot of our needs, obviously, in (free agency) on offense. We feel good about some of those positions. But in the draft, you’re thinking D-tackles, you want to add corners, you want to add some players at those positions.”

“I should say defensive line (as a whole),” Morris said. “We want depth at all those positions.”

“Great d-linemen, that’s what they do. Warren Sapp, you didn’t have to talk to him about pressure. That’s what he did. Simeon Rice, you didn’t have to talk to him about pressure. That’s the kind of character this d-line has had. We have to generate that. The only way you win games is if it starts up front. We all know that.” Source: St. Pete Times.com

The following is a list of defensive tackles that fit the new scheme or the team has been linked to either by attending workouts, held private workouts or have interviewed multiple times.

  • BJ Raji Boston College 6’2 337
  • Ron Brace Boston College 6’3 330
  • Sammie Lee Hill Stillman 6’4 329
  • Chris Baker Hampton 6’2 326
  • Roy Miller Texas 6’1 310
  • Terrance Knighton Temple 6’3 321
  • Dorell Scott Clemson 6’3 312
  • Khalif Mitchell East Carolina 6’5 318
  • Martin Vaughn Western Ontario 6’3 331

Here is the list of defensive ends the team has been rumored to have a strong interest in.

  • Larry English Northern Illinois 6’2 255
  • Robert Ayers Tennessee 6’3 272
  • Michael Johnson Georgia Tech 6’7 266
  • Kyle Moore USC 6’5 272
  • Lawrence Sidbury Richmond 6’3 266
  • Henry Milton Texas 6’4 269
  • Perrie Walters Eastern Illinois 6’4 269
  • Marcus Benard Jackson State 6’4 270
  • Brandon Swain West Texas AM 6’3 256
  • Jameson Hartke Ohio 6’4 265

Last but not least, here is a list of corners the team has been linked too.

  • Alphonso Smith Wake Forest 5’9 193
  • DJ Moore Vanderbilt 5’10 192
  • Mike Mickens Cincinnati 5’11 186
  • Lardarius Webb Nicholls State 5’10 180
  • Joe Burnett Central Florida 5’10 192
  • Don Carey Norfolk Sate 5’11 199
  • Gregory Toler St. Pauls 5’11 191
  • EJ Biggers Western Michigan 5’11 180
  • Jasper O’Quinn Mississippi State 5’10 185

With the above list totaling close to 30 players, it would be no surprise to this fanatic to see the Bucs use this draft to add too the defensive line and cornerback spot as it seems they have been focusing all of their attention at those respective positions.

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