Leaning toward Heyward-Bey (for the moment)

March, 30, 2009
3/30/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Just finished a segment on ESPNEWS where we talked about the upcoming draft for the Buccaneers.

Like a lot of people, I've been talking previously about how Tampa Bay's needs are at quarterback (Josh Freeman) and on the defensive line (Everette Brown? Peria Jerry?). But, at least in today's segment, I decided to go in a different direction when asked who the Bucs will pick at No. 19.

I went with Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. My logic is this: A rookie quarterback is going to take too long to develop. Not sure the value will be good for a defensive lineman at this spot. I went with Heyward-Bey because I think he could give the Bucs the downfield threat they're missing right now.

I might change my thinking a bunch of times between now and the draft, but that's the way I'm leaning at the moment.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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