Buccaneers Draft Blog: Meetings and more

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still scouting players and attending Pro Days, but they're also beginning to set up private workouts and meetings at their Tampa facility. In this "Buccaneers Draft Blog," we'll keep up to date on those workouts and meetings. Today we have updates on Brandon Flowers, Duane Brown, Chad Henne, Adrian Arrington, Jeremy Zuttah and Jack Williams.

PAIR OF HOKIES ON MEETING LIST: A source has confirmed that two Virginia Tech products will meet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa next month.

The Bucs are allowed 30 on-campus visits with potential draft choices.

Hokies OT Duane Brown will meet with the Bucs on April 6-7. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound tackle is heading up draft boards and is now considered a solid second-round pick. The one area Brown could fit right now is at left tackle, where veteran Luke Petitgout and youngster Donald Penn are the chief competitors for the starting job. Brown played left tackle last year and has drawn comparisons to Buffalo's Jason Peters.

Cornerback Brandon Flowers will meet with the Bucs on April 8-9. The 5-foot-10, 189-pound corner improved his time in the 40-yard dash at his pro day and has a reputation as a hard hitter and sure tackler. He is considered a late first-round or second-round pick. Some scouts have compared Flowers to Bucs corner Ronde Barber, who was a third-round pick.

WOLVERINES STICK TOGETHER: Scout.com Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson confirmed through a league source that Michigan QB Chad Henne and WR Adrian Arrington worked out together for the Buccaneers on Wednesday (March 26). The pair will be busy, as they also have workouts with Miami and Atlanta.

Henne (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) appears to be a solid second-round value. Scouts consider him the classic pocket passer with a big arm and quick release. If it weren't for the hype surrounding Delaware's Joe Flacco, Henne might go higher in this draft. To me, he would excel in an offense with a consistent run game that uses play action to set up the pass. Unfortunately, he's also drawing comparisons to Joey Harrington, which makes Atlanta's interest in Henne all the more curious.

Arrington (6-foot-3, 203 pounds) needs a good pre-draft evaluation period to escape his current value as a sixth-round pick. He left as a junior after Michigan changed coaches. He only had one year as a starter at Michigan (67 receptions), plus he's had off-the-field issues that nearly led to his dismissal from the team before the 2007 season. He doesn't fit the mold of the Bucs receiver, to be honest.

LOUISVILLE WR TO SEE BUCS ON FRIDAY: A source has confirmed that Louisville WR Mario Urrutia will have a private workout with the Buccaneers on Friday (March 28). Urrutia isn't receiving nearly as much attention as his teammate, Harry Douglas. But at 6-foot-6, 232 pounds, he's a huge red zone target that could be available to the Bucs after the draft. At the moment, the Bucs have no sixth- or seventh-round picks. Urrutia had an injury-marred junior year, but many scouts say he has enough upside to warrant a draft pick.

CHARLES ON THE SCHEDULE: Tim Yotter of Vikingupdate.com confirmed Texas running back Jamaal Charles' April meeting schedule with a league source, and Charles will meet with Tampa Bay on April 7-8.

I don't think the Bucs are done adding running backs, but I don't believe they'll spend a high pick. However, Charles (5-foot-11, 200 pounds) has seen his stock surge lately and he could require a second-round selection. Some scouts compare him to a Julius Jones-type back that will be good for 15 carries a game, but could wear down after that. The Bucs could use a more physical back in this draft, not another speedster when they already have Warrick Dunn and Michael Bennett. Charles doesn't fit the mold of past UT backs Cedric Benson and Ricky Williams, but he's pretty swift.

WILLIAMS COMING TO TAMPA: Scout.com's Ed Thompson confirmed with Kent State CB Jack Williams that he will meet with Tampa Bay on April 8. The Buccaneers also had a formal interview with Williams at the Scouting Combine.

Right now, the 5-foot-9, 186-pound corner projects as a fourth- or fifth-round selection, meaning the Bucs could select him late if they haven't already addressed their cornerback issues. I believe, however, that they'll address that need on Day 1 of the draft. Williams does have 4.4 speed.

KEEP AN EYE ON CASON: A source has told me that Arizona CB Antoine Cason likely won't meet with the Bucs before the draft. But don't take that as a lack of interest. The Thorpe Award winner could be selected anywhere from No. 15 to No. 35 in this draft, and my source told me that if the Bucs sent three representatives to his Pro Day. If Cason is on the board at No. 20, the Bucs could take him, as at least five cornerbacks in this draft have first-round grades. Cason isn't a character risk, either. He started a foundation last fall as a senior to raise money for a form of Leukemia that killed his grandfather. He had to fight the NCAA and the Pac-10 for waivers to start the foundation to combat MDS, or myelodsplastic syndrome.

ZUTTAH SET FOR PRIVATE WORKOUT: A source has informed me that Rutgers OT Jeremy Zuttah will work out privately for the Buccaneers on April 10. The 6-foot-4, 303-pound tackle is considered a fourth-round value at the moment, but his stock is rising after solid workouts at the Scouting Combine and his pro day. He started all four years for the Scarlet Knights and he can play both tackle positions, which should also boost his value.


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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