Pre-draft glance: Wide receivers

May, 2, 2014
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We continue our pre-draft position-by-position look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the wide receivers.

Where things stand: The Bucs have Vincent Jackson and not much else after trading Mike Williams to Buffalo. There is hope that guys like Chris Owusu, Skye Dawson, Lavelle Hawkins, Tommy Streeter and Louis Murphy can emerge as role players. But none of them are legitimate candidates to start.

What to watch for: The short story is the Bucs need to emerge from the draft with a starting wide receiver. They could even look for a No. 3 receiver in the draft. There is a very good chance the Bucs will use their first-round pick on a wide receiver. Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are the top two receivers in the draft. Most mock drafts have Watkins gone before Tampa Bay picks. But, if Watkins somehow slides, he would be a great fit for the Bucs. If Watkins is gone, Evans is a definite possibility. He’s not the speed receiver the Bucs need, but he’s very similar in stature and style to Jackson.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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