The focus early in this draft process has been on the Bucs zeroing in on mostly offense again come late April. While offense is a dire need for the Buccaneers, there are certain defensive players in this draft that might be excellent fits in Lovie Smith's defense.
The Bucs defense really improved over the 2nd half of the season. Just to the simple eye, Buccaneer defenders appeared to start to understand what they were asked to do in this defense. The Bucs have a lot of young talent on the defensive side of the ball, but one thing they are missing is a vocal leader and someone to bring some swagger.
The Bucs might be in the market for a new middle linebacker this off-season with Mason Foster likely gone, and if they aren't sold on Danny Lansanah for that spot. Free agency is one spot to address that need. Cowboys LB Rolando McClain is an unrestricted free agent and the 49ers might be parting ways with one of their linebackers like Patrick Willis.
If the Bucs look to address middle linebacker in the draft, they may lock in on Miami LB Denzel Perryman. Perryman is a physical linebacker who flies sideline to sideline and zeroes in on ball-carriers like a missile.
Perryman said after the first day of Senior Bowl practices that he has met with many teams so far, and that included the Buccaneers.
When asked if he'd like to stay in Miami and play for the Dolphins, Perryman said he'd just really like to stay in the state of Florida.
Perryman is slated as a 2nd round pick right now. The Bucs have the 2nd pick in the 2nd round. If the Bucs pass on Perryman with that high 2nd round pick, and he slides to the latter portion of round 2, a trade up from the 3rd round would be a possibility as well.
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