All right draftniks, while it’s still early and by no means are we ready to put a fork in this team just yet. As the 2010 NFL Draft approaches we here at BucsCentral.com are going to be profiling some lesser known players that we feel warrant serious consideration by Dennis Hickey and the teams other highly paid resident scouts, that both fit either a need or the current schemes being run.
The first player that was featured was Austen Lane. The second in the continuing series is a relatively unknown DE out of Grambling, at 6-foot-4, 265-pounds Christian Anthony is a player that just jumps out when his on the field, shows great range, athleticism and pass rush ability. Through 30 games he has 16.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hurries, 7 passes defended, 9 forced fumbles, 40 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, and 152 tackles. Anthony has steadily grown as a pass rusher, he was voted First team All-SWAC in 2008 and is currently on the radar of several teams who might be eyeing him for a switch to rush outside backer in a 3-4 scheme.
With Doug Williams, a former Alumni and Head Coach at Grambling and current Director of Pro Scouting for the Buccaneers, it would not surprise us here at BucsCentral.com, if Williams was already lobbing for Anthony at this early stage in the draft process.
Sure, neither Anthony or Lane are projected to be drafted in the first two rounds of the 2010 draft, they both however represent good-to-great value in rounds 4-7 and could have an immediate impact as pass rushing specialist until they mature and gain a solid understanding of the pro game, while adding weight and getting stronger. Is either one of them the diamond in the rough the team has been looking for, could they be the next Jared Allen a small school product turned relentless pass rusher, only time will tell, with the team struggling to get consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks why not take a flier on a late round prospect that could blossom into a budding star with six selections on day three of the 2010 draft it’s the most opportune time to replenish the depth while gambling a bit in the process.
Where the Bucs stand in terms of their 2010 NFL Draft selections:
Round 1 – Buccaneers
Round 2 – Buccaneers
Round 3 – Buccaneers
Round 4 – Buccaneers
Round 5 – Patriots (Alex Smith trade)
Round 5 or 6 – Jaguars (conditional pick for Luke McCown based on playing time)
Round 6 – Buccaneers
Round 7 – Buccaneers
Round 7 – Baltimore (Marques Douglas trade)