Buccaneers hosted potential second-round pick

Scout.com has confirmed that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted a cornerback who could be a potential second-round during a visit at their team facility in Tampa on Monday. Who is he and what could he bring to Tampa Bay? Find that out, plus what other players are coming to Tampa in this exclusive article.

Indiana cornerback Tracy Porter made a visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' team facility on Monday, according to Scout.com Senior NFL Analyst Ed Thompson.

Porter likely represents one of the first players the Bucs have hosted at their facility during the official visit period.

Porter makes sense as a potential second-round selection for the Buccaneers, and Thompson makes that point in his latest "NFL Draft Buzz" article, which included Porter.

"In addition to his physical style of coverage that helped him steal away six interceptions in 2007 and 16 during his college career, Porter can provide additional value to an NFL team as an accomplished punt returner," Thompson wrote. "He averaged 13.6 yards per return while handling punts during his junior and senior year, aided by the 4.37-second 40-time speed that he showed off at the NFL Combine."

Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden didn't talk about the visit during Wednesday's press conference at the owners' meeting in Palm Beach, but he did mention the team wants to make additions to its punt- and kick-return games.

Should the Bucs go after Porter, they could have plenty of competition. According to Thompson, he's already had private workouts with the Chiefs and Patriots, along with a private visit with the Miami Dolphins. Starting next week, Porter will meet privately with Pittsburgh Steelers, the Washington Redskins, the New Orleans Saints, the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets.

Given the depth at Porter's position in this draft, he likely won't crack the first round.

The visits to One Buc Place will begin in earnest next week. Virginia Tech tackle Duane Brown and cornerback Brandon Flowers, Texas running back Jamaal Charles, Kent State cornerback Jack Williams, Vanderbilt tackle Chris Williams and Houston wide receiver Donnie Avery are all set to meet with team officials.


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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