Saturday, April 24, 2010
Bucs double up on WRs
By Pat Yasinskas
The common theme developing in Tampa Bay’s draft is the Bucs are doubling up. They just did it again, taking Syracuse wide receiver Mike Williams with the third pick of the fourth round (No. 101 overall).
They previously took Arrelious Benn in the second round and both of those guys become immediate contenders for a starting job because the Bucs’ receiving corps had been so weak. Benn has a chance to become the No. 1 receiver after the departure of Antonio Bryant after last season.
Williams has a chance to compete with Michael Clayton, Reggie Brown and Sammie Stroughter for the No. 2 job. Williams has had some off-field issues, but is considered a great physical talent. The Bucs came into the draft knowing they had to upgrade the receiver position to help second-year quarterback Josh Freeman. The Bucs still may try to add a veteran receiver to the mix, but they clearly have upgraded their receiver talent in the draft.
The Bucs also doubled up on defensive tackles, taking Gerald McCoy and Brian Price with their first two picks.