- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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There has been a lot of talk that the Buccaneers could look to overhaul their linebacker corps in free agency and the draft.
That makes sense because Geno Hayes is a free agent, Quincy Black didn’t have a great season in 2011 and the new coaching staff has implied Mason Foster may move to the outside after spending his rookie season in the middle.
We’ll find out soon enough if the Bucs are going to do anything at linebacker in free agency. But we already know one guy they’re looking at in the draft. That’s TCU’s Tank Carder.
According to a league source, Carder will have an official visit with the Bucs the first week of April. I always say not to read too much into which teams interview or visit with draft prospects and that remains true. Lots of teams do lots of interviews and visits with lots of prospects. But we know Carder is at least on the Bucs’ radar and he plays a position where the team could be making some moves.
Most scouts view Carder as an outside linebacker. He’s viewed as a mid- or late-round prospect. Carder was the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 2011 Rose Bowl. He also comes from an interesting background. Carder was a BMX champion racer as a child and overcame a broken back suffered in a car accident after being told the only way he could play football would be as a kicker.