Buccaneers Beat Writer Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune had an interesting tidbit of draft related news, in his most recent compilation article surrounding the team. Sighting unnamed sources, Cummings penned a paragraph in which he states the Bucs are desperate for a legitimate speed burner at the receiver position. That can blow the top off of opposing defenses.
It’s too soon to know how they will acquire it, but the Bucs believe they need a legitimate speed receiver who can really take the top off a defense. They have an abundance of short- and medium-range targets, but would like to add a player who can drag a safety deep downfield and create more room underneath for Mike Williams, Kellen Winslow and Arrelious Benn.
If offensive coordinator Greg Olson, head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik believe that a player the ilk of a DeSean Jackson, can catapult the offense to new heights in 2011 and open up the underneath and allow the running game more room in which operate in.
We will take a look at some possible draft prospects at a position many had previously thought would not be a target for the Bucs in this draft. But here are six such receivers that could be very appealing to the Bucs. By clicking on a players name it will take you to Wes Bunting’s scouting report from the NationalFootballPost.com.
Torey Smith Maryland 6-foot-0 205-pounds forty 4.37
150 receptions, 2,205 yards and 19 touchdowns and 120 kickoff returns for 2,909 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Jerrel Jernigan Troy 5-foot-9 193-pounds 4.34 forty
262 receptions for 3,127 yards and 18 touchdowns and 67 kickoff returns for 1,580 yards and 1 touchdown and 29 punt returns for 372 yards and 1 touchdown
Cecil Shorts Mount Union 6-foot-0 200-pounds 4.34 forty
239 receptions for 4,443 yards and 60 touchdowns
Ronald Johnson USC 5-foot-11 190-pounds 4.46 forty
138 receptions for 1,750 yards and 20 touchdowns’, he also had 22 punt returns for 313 yards and 1 touchdown and 56 kickoff returns for 1,351 yards
Edmund Gates Abilene Christian 5-foot-11 4.35 forty
146 receptions for 2,600 yards and 26 touchdowns
While Smith, Young, Johnson and Jernigan are household names. The most intriguing player is Shorts, who is just as polished a receiver as Young, but has a rare combination of balance, fluidity, elusiveness, short area burst and a second gear in the open field. The draw back with Shorts will be his learning curve at the pro level. Seeing as he played against lesser competition in college.