The Buccaneers' Visit List

April 23 - PewterReport.com has the names of 10 draft prospects who have visited the Buccaneers at One Buccaneer Place in the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft. South Florida LB Kawika Mitchell is among five Bulls to visit with Tampa Bay, in addition to West Texas A&M LB Chaun Thompson and Marshall OT Steve Sciullo.

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THE VISIT LIST

The following draft prospects have visited One Buccaneer Place or the Bucs have had an on-campus visit with them. Each NFL team may schedule visits with as many as 20 prospects with the exception of local college players. The purpose of the visits is to get to know and interview draftable players, and to have the prospects take physicals or re-examine pre-existing medical information. The Bucs will also visit with players who may go undrafted in hopes to recruit them after the draft as undrafted free agent signees.

As PewterReport.com first reported weeks ago, the Bucs have had in linebackers Chaun Thompson (West Texas A&M) and Kawika Mitchell (South Florida) in addition to DE Shurron Pierson and KR/WR DeAndrew Rubin, but a more complete list of visiting prospects is now available. A total of five USF players have visited with the Buccaneers.

LB CHAUN THOMPSON - West Texas A&M
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Thompson burst onto the draft scene at the Indy scouting combine by running a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, which was the fastest time of any linebacker. He also pounded out 29 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press drills. Started at strongside outside linebacker last year and led the team with 104 tackles (58 solos), including a 6-yard sack and 11 stops for losses of 24 yards. He also recovered a fumble, deflected 5 passes and intercepted two others for 33 yards in returns. The Bucs went to Canyon, Texas for his pro day and are believed to be high on him. He is projected to go in rounds 3-5.

OT STEVE SCIULLO - Marshall
The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Sciullo has started at left tackle and protected the blindside of QB Byron Leftwich since 2000. He may have enough quickness to play left side in the NFL, but many teams are projecting him at right tackle or possibly at guard. The Bucs like his tough, blue collar playing style and his explosive punch off the snap. Sciullo is expected to be drafted in rounds 3-5.

LB KAWIKA MITCHELL - South Florida
The 6-foot, 250-pound Mitchell led the Bulls with 117 tackles, including 19 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He registered 16 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and had one interception and one forced fumble last year. He shined against big competition, registering 13 tackles and two sacks against Oklahoma, and 13 tackles against Southern Mississippi. Mitchell turned the Bucs' heads when he posted a 43-inch vertical leap and had a 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds at his pro day workout, which was conducted by Tampa Bay linebackers coach Joe Barry. Mitchell's stock is rising and he is expected to be drafted in rounds 2-4.

DE SHURRON PIERSON - South Florida
The 6-foot-1, 245-pound junior has posted 10 sacks in each of the last two seasons. He had four sacks in USF's big 16-13 win over Southern Miss in 2002. Added two more sacks and an interception in the Bulls' victory over East Carolina last year. Pierson wowed Bucs scouts at the Indy scouting combine and his pro day workout with a 43-inch vertical leap, a 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds and a 500-pound bench press. Some teams are projecting him to play outside linebacker, but he could play end in the Bucs' scheme, which calls for speedy, undersized players who are explosive and can get upfield quickly. Even though the Bucs don't have a pressing need for a defensive end, they could be tempted to take him and develop him behind Simeon Rice. Pierson is expected to be drafted in rounds 2-4.

WR/KR DeANDREW RUBIN - South Florida
Led the Bulls in all-purpose yardage with 119 yards per game, mostly on kick and punt returns. He was one of college football's best return men last year averaging 26.8 yards per kick return and 15.9 yards per punt return. He also scored two touchdowns on punt returns and one on a kick return. The 6-foot, 185-pound Rubin is still developing as a receiver and posted 18 catches for 357 yards (19.8 avg.) and three touchdowns last year, including a 95-yarder. Averaged 15.6 yards per punt return in 2001 and had a 91-yard punt return touchdown. Rubin could be a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick, or a priority free agent signing after the draft. The Bucs could use their last pick (sixth round) on him.

LB TRACY WHITE - Howard
As a senior, the 6-foot, 230-pound White had 76.5 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles and a safety. He was a two-time recipient of the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year award. White played in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl, showing well in both post-season games. White is expected to be drafted in rounds 4-6.

DE NICK STAMPER - Lambuth College (on-campus visit)
Played at Lambuth last year after transferring from Tennessee State and posted 52 tackles, including a team-high 16 for loss to go along with four sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery, which was returned 55 yards for a touchdown. He has a body type similar to Simeon Rice, Jason Taylor and Jevon Kearse. Stamper is not expected to be drafted, but could be a priority free agent signing after the draft.

DT TAVARES JURINACEK - South Florida
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Jurinacek posted 65 tackles, including 18 for a loss, to go along with five sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 2002. He will likely go undrafted and the Bucs' interest in him is likely limited to him being an undrafted free agent.

DT GREG WALLS - South Florida
Playing next to Jurinacek, Walls recording 53 tackles, including 18 for a loss, as well as five sacks, one interception and one forced fumble last season. At 6-foot-2, 285 pounds, he fits the mold of a Buccaneers defensive tackle, but is not expected to be drafted before the seventh round if at all. He could wind up at One Buccaneer Place as an undrafted free agent.

WR JIMMY FRYZEL - Central Florida
The 6-foot, 195-pound Fryzel is strong, gifted athlete with great character and intelligence. He hauled in 57 for 1,114 yards (19.5 avg.) and five touchdowns last season while playing opposite Doug Gabriel, who is considered to be more of a pro prospect and could be drafted in rounds 3-5. Fryzel may get some late consideration in rounds 6-7, but may go undrafted. He has the toughness the Bucs crave from their wide receivers and could be a priority free agent signing.


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