Bucs still excited about Jackson

April, 22, 2009
4/22/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

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In a bit of irony, director of college scouting Dennis Hickey, who is still employed by the Bucs, drew the short straw to do the pre-draft press conference on the same day former coach Jon Gruden said the team "reached" when it took wide receiver Dexter Jackson in the second round last year.

This made Tampa Bay's pre-draft disinformation event a bit more interesting than most. While Hickey did a fine job of not getting very specific about this year's draft, he wound up talking quite a bit about the previous draft classes selected by Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen and he played some serious defense. That was particularly true when Hickey was asked about the Jackson pick.

"We evaluated him and we took him at a position that we felt he deserved," Hickey said. "That's where we took him."

Hickey was then asked if he thought the Bucs reached on Jackson.

"That is up for you guys to decide," Hickey said. "It is the ultimate second-guess, right? Let me say this, we are excited about Dexter. A lot of guys want to judge everybody based off their first year. We think Dexter has made a lot of progress and we are excited about him."

Hickey also was quizzed about Gruden and Allen not drafting many "elite" players. He also played defense on that and said he believes the Bucs have made some good picks.

Our friends at Pewter Report have the full transcript of Hickey's interview here.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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