Bucs Grab G Mahan With Fifth-Round Selection

April 27 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used its fifth-round draft pick to grab Notre Dame offensive guard Sean Mahan. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Mahan played primarily at left guard in college and is expected to compete for a backup position. The Bucs have used three consecutive draft picks on offensive linemen.

Tampa Bay grabbed its third offensive lineman of the 2003 NFL Draft on Sunday evening when the team used its fifth-round selection on Notre Dame guard Sean Mahan.

"It's great," said Mahan. "All along I was kind of hoping for the Buccaneers. It's a great organization with a great coach and a lot of success. I'm just happy to be apart of it. "

The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Mahan was a two-year starter and played primarily at left guard for the Fighting Irish. He's regarded as a tough, intense player with impressive foot speed. Mahan, who's better suited as a run blocker than a pass protector, used his strong upper body to out-muscle defenders and create rush lanes for Notre Dame.

"I think I'm just a smart player with great physical attributes," said Mahan. "I am always cool under pressure. I'd say my strong points are my athletic ability and football smarts."

Mahan was an All-Independent first-team selection by the NFL Draft Report in his senior year, and he's looking forward to working with Bucs offensive line coach Bill Muir.

"He's a great guy," Mahan said of Muir. "I met him at the combine and he came to our pro day at Notre Dame. He seemed to know a lot about football and seemed to be a great coach."

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