Buccaneers slate WR meeting for Thursday

After a busy week of visit at One Buc Place, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't slowing down. They've scheduled a visit with another wide receiver, one with local ties that could be selected in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Find out which receiver Jon Gruden has his eye on now in this article.

After a week in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted at least 10 top prospects, they've set a meeting with Florida wide receiver Andre Caldwell for Thursday, Bucsblitz.com learned from a league source.

Caldwell, the younger brother of NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell and a Tampa native who went to Jefferson High School, does not count against the Buccaneers' 30 official visits because he is considered a local prospect.

Caldwell ran one of the fastest 40 times among wide receivers at the scouting combine with a 4.35. That, plus a solid performance at his pro day, has solidified Caldwell as a second-round pick in the NFL Draft.

Caldwell (6-foot, 204 pounds), despite missing two games and part of a third due to injury, finished with 56 receptions for 761 yards and seven touchdowns his senior year.

Caldwell also has visits lined up with St. Louis and Minnesota, two teams acknowledged to have a need at wide receiver.

Caldwell will be the Buccaneers' fourth known meeting with a wide receiver during the visitation period. The Bucs met with California's DeSean Jackson and Houston's Donnie Avery last week and have a meeting planned with Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed.

The Bucs are believed to be targeting a wide receiver on the first day of the NFL Draft, which will last only two rounds.


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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