Buccaneers Combine Buzz: Day 3

Prospects are talking about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Scouting Combine. You can find out what they're saying right here in our "Bucs Combine Buzz." I asked several potential draft choices about their impressions of the Bucs or about their conversations with the Bucs. Get the scoop right here. One of these guys could end up being a Buc!

Michigan linebacker Shawn Crable met with the Buccaneers on Friday night and he was impressed with how the Bucs treated him. Teams aren't sure where the 6-foot-4, 245-pound linebacker fits in. Some see him as a defensive end, others see him as a linebacker.

Crable talked about how the Bucs perceived him on Saturday.

"It went well," Crable said. "They've got me up on their board at linebacker and at defensive end. We talked about both positions. They have some small linebackers, so they're probably looking at me more as a defensive end."

GETTING SOME ADVICE FROM A SEMINOLE LEGEND: Florida State linebacker Jeno Hayes is smart enough to know that he should listen when former Seminole great Derrick Brooks speaks.

So when Brooks, the Bucs' weak side linebacker, gave Hayes some advice recently, you know what he did.

"He just told me to stay patient (with the process), be humble and tell the truth with whatever questions they ask you," Hayes said.

Hayes said he would love to find himself in a Cover 2 type defense. Imagine if the Bucs made him a mid-round pick and he had the chance to learn from Brooks himself.

SOME LOVE FOR HOVAN: Dre Moore of Maryland is one of those run-stuffing tackles that the Bucs should be looking for this offseason. He's meeting with the Bucs on Saturday night and he already has a Buc in mind to emulate.

"I like the system," Moore said. "They're real aggressive up front. They had (Warren) Sapp and now they have — who — (Chris) Hovan? I like Hovan. He's real nasty up front. That's the way I like to play."

Hovan, of course, is a nose tackle and Moore appears to be a more natural three technique. Moore said he needs to learn to use his hands better. Scouts said the same thing about Gaines Adams last year and he learned.

LAYING DOWN THE LAW(S): Trevor Laws of Notre Dame talked to the Bucs at the Senior Bowl and he admits he feels he's better in a 4-3 set. At Notre Dame, he played in a 4-3 and a 3-4, and in the former he played both the nose and the three-technique. He also knows there are questions about his size. He's "only" 297 pounds. He's ready to answer them.

"I think I'm stout at the point of attack," Laws said.

THE BIG'UN FROM TEXAS: Now here's a big boy. Texas DT Frank Okam weighed in at 345 pounds. Then, he told us he wanted to run a 5.1 at the combine. NFLdraftscout.com lists his best 40 times as 5.09. That seems crazy to me. But he's had informal meetings with the Bucs and will meet with them officially on Saturday.

He already has his sales pitch ready for them.

"I think if they're looking for someone that can get up the field and keep stuffing the run, I can do that," Okam said.

IN THE WOODYARD: Finally, Kentucky's Wesley Woodyard has spoken to the Bucs at least twice so far this offseason. He came in to the combine at 227 pounds, the heaviest of his career. He's a natural weak side linebacker (or strong safety, depending on which scouting report you read) and he's had some great conversations with the Bucs so far.

"I think our talks have gone really well," Woodyard said. "The coaches that I've meet with have told me to just keep working hard and practicing. I'm getting a good feeling from them, but I'm getting a good feeling from a lot of teams, too."


Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.


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