VT's Brown talks about day with Buccaneers

Virginia Tech offensive tackle Duane Brown spent five hours with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at their team facility on April 7, part of a whirlwind two weeks of meeting with NFL teams. Brown talked to Bucsblitz.com about his meeting, who he talked to and why he could be a good fit for the Buccaneers come draft day.

Duane Brown was just happy to have a night off.

When Brown talked to Bucsblitz.com on Thursday night, he was in between meetings with the San Diego Chargers and the Carolina Panthers. After the Panthers, Brown said he had four more meetings lined up next week, including Dallas and Kansas City.

Brown was a bit weary, but he liked it better than the alternative.

"It's better to have interviews than to not have interviews," Brown said.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Virginia Tech tackle started his two-week schedule of meetings with a stop in Tampa Bay on Monday, where he met for five hours with the coaching staff, players and general manager Bruce Allen.

After meeting with the Buccaneers, Eagles and Chargers, Brown is getting an idea of how teams perceive him in this draft.

"I think I can play either (guard or tackle)," Brown said. "Talking to the three teams so far, they think I have the versatility even though I have never played guard. They think I have the size and athleticism to move there. Also they see me as a good tackle. We'll see what happens. I have no preference at all."

Brown was a tight end when he arrived at Virginia Tech, but the Hokies coaching staff moved him to right tackle and he became a starter his sophomore year. Last year, as a senior, Brown moved to left tackle.

His versatility is why most teams are telling Brown he's a solid second-round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft on April 26-27. He has also had a solid offseason, impressing scouts at the scouting combine and his pro day.

Brown began his meeting with the Bucs with a tour of the facility and a short group meeting with the staff, including head coach Jon Gruden.

"He was real cool," Brown said of Gruden. "He's pretty energetic. He's just very frank. He gets right to the point."

As Brown toured the facility, he ran into several veterans in the weight room, including running back Warrick Dunn, defensive end Gaines Adams and offensive tackle Anthony Davis.

Meeting Davis was important to Brown, as both played at Virginia Tech.

"We talked about 10 minutes," Brown said. "He (Davis) asked how the process was going. I talked to him about their daily routine. He told me, ‘Wherever you go, just work hard.' Hopefully I'll get to go down there with him."

Then Brown sat down for some quality time discussing football and watching film with offensive line coach Bill Muir. Brown said Muir taught him some of the Bucs' blocking schemes. Muir then asked Brown to explain what he just went over.

The pair also watched some of Brown's film from last year at Virginia Tech.

"We went through some good plays and some bad plays," Brown said. "He showed me what he liked and what he didn't like, and he also asked me to explain what happened on some of the bad plays."

Offensive line might not seem much of a need in this draft for Tampa Bay, but Brown came away with the impression that the Bucs are interested. The one potential opening on the line is at left tackle, where Luke Petitgout and Donald Penn are expected to compete for the starting job. Brown could be a potential fit as depth while also learning the guard position.

And after his visit, Brown came away believing Tampa Bay would be a good fit for him, too.

"They run some of the same stuff we ran (at Virginia Tech), as far as the pass protections and the power plays and things like that," Brown said. "It's very similar. I could definitely fit in there and make a contribution early."


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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