Mini-Mailbag: Tampa Bay Buccaneers edition

April, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are our final stop in the series of mini-mailbags (two questions per team).

James in Tampa writes: Pat,I'm a huge Buccaneers fan and I was just wondering if you see Tampa going after any of the big receivers or defensive linemen that are available?I think this is a team that needs every weapon and pass rusher they can get? What are your thoughts and predictions on this?

Pat Yasinskas: Wow, it's kind of nice to get a Bucs' question that doesn't involve the quarterback position. I think a defensive lineman (end or tackle) or a wide receiver is very possible in the first round. Not sure there's going to be good value for an end at No. 19 in the first round. If the Bucs decide to go defense with that pick, I say go with one of the tackles. B.J. Raji could fall after reportedly failing a drug test. Ron Brace or Peria Jerry could be available at that spot and either could be a big boost for a run defense that needs some help. But I truly like the idea of getting a receiver at that spot. The Bucs have Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton and that's a nice start. Bryant and Clayton are both big receivers and are good in the possession game. If you could throw a downfield receiver like Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey into that mix, I think Luke McCown suddenly would be in a position where he'd have a pretty strong chance to succeed as the starting quarterback.


Daniel in Jamestown, N.Y., writes: Hey Pat, say the Bucs stick with a defensive player in the first round, do you see them drafting a quarterback later on? The likes of Pat White even?

Pat Yasinskas: Not even a mini-mailbag on the Bucs would be complete without some sort of quarterback question. But I think Daniel might be on the right path here. I know there are schools of thought out there that the Bucs might take Josh Freeman or trade up to get Mark Sanchez. But I don't think Freeman's ready to start and I think the price tag to move up for Sanchez may be too steep. I definitely can see the Bucs taking a quarterback a bit later on. Not sure if Pat White's the guy for Jeff Jagodzinski's offense because he's undersized and isn't the classic drop-back passer. But I could see someone like Michigan State's Brian Hoyer or Purdue's Curtis Painter being a possibility in the middle or late rounds.

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