Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter: Speed isn't everything at WR

Bucs HC is looking for complete pass-catchers, not just speed demons.

There's not a head coach in the NFL who doesn't want blazing speed from his receivers. Especially when it comes to the draft, much of a receiver's stock seems to ride on their 40 times at the combine and pro day workouts, to the point where it overshadows the rest of their skill set.

Speaking at the league meetings in Boca Raton this week, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter admitted he'd love to add some speed at the position in this year's draft, but added that he's not looking for one-tick ponies, per Roy Cummings of The Tampa Tribune:


Draft history is littered with receivers who could burn up the track and light up the stopwatch, but lacked the well-rounded skill set to carve out sustained success in the NFL. Some have hung around in the league as backups, while others have washed out of the league completely.

This year's draft has a few pass-catchers who can turn heads with their fast 40 times, with Notre Dame's Will Fuller being one of the best example's of this issue in this year's class. His 4.32 40-yard dash was by far the best among receivers at this year's combine, but his struggles with drops and consistency speak exactly to the concerns Koetter mentioned.

It sounds like the Koetter would be much more interested in receivers like Oklahoma's Sterling Shepard, TCU's Josh Doctson, and Rutgers' Leonte Carroo in the early rounds, as players who might have slightly slower 40 times, but also much more complete skill sets that can impact a game in more than just one way.

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