Bucsblitz.com: Draft Rountable Part 3

For the next several days, Bucsblitz.com will focus on some of the players the Buccaneers could have interest in going into April's Draft. As the Scout.com network kicks off its NFL Draft coverage this week, Scout.com and Bucsblitz.com experts explore which wide receivers the Bucs could be interested in going into April's Draft.

It seems like there's a yearly question in Tampa Bay – what are they going to do at wide receiver? Their track record is woeful, in terms of drafting players at this position. But Freeman is going to need some weapons. So, can you name some receivers that represent good values in the second through fourth rounds, receivers that could with a year or two of seasoning become one of Freeman's favorite targets?

Chris Steuber, Scout.com Draft Analyst: The wide receiver class this year is very good, and there will be a lot of talent on the board in the second to fourth round range; players like Damian Williams (USC), Arrelious Benn (Illinois), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati), Jeremy Williams (Tulane), Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss), Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech), Eric Decker (Minnesota), Dez Briscoe (Kansas), Jordan Shipley (Texas), Danario Alexander (Missouri) and Jacoby Ford (Clemson) will be available. In my latest mock draft, I had the Buccaneers selecting Damian Williams in the second round (42nd overall).

Tyler Frazier, Bucsblitz.com co-publisher: There are plenty of wide receivers who will be available and will be considered excellent value in the middle rounds. Notre Dame's Golden Tate, USC's Damian Williams, Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard and Arrelious Benn out of Illinois all could be potential targets for the Bucs to pair with Josh Freeman. Another sleeper to keep an eye on is Mike Williams who was a star receiver at Syracuse before leaving the program earlier this season for unspecified reasons. Of these guys, Williams and Tate are expected to be taken off the board the earliest. Gilyard though could be the most interesting prospect and quite possibly the biggest playmaker of the bunch as a receiver and return man.

Matthew Postins, Bucsblitz.com contributor: I'd have to agree with my colleague. There isn't enough top-end talent for the Bucs to take a wide receiver at No. 3, but there is plenty of talent that could be selected after that, and with the Bucs carrying a pair of picks into the second round, I'd like to see them take a receiver there. So let's talk about Williams for a minute. You're talking about a 6-foot-1, 195-pound receiver from a big-time program like USC. He doesn't have breakaway speed, but if you missed his Emerald Bowl performance, you missed a guy with sure hands who loves to catch the football and make plays in space (12 receptions, 189 yards). He's led the Trojans in receiving the past two seasons, but I have a feeling his old coach, Pete Carroll, will take him with the Seahawks' late first-round pick. That would be my guy if he fell into the early second round. Another guy I'd want to take a look at is Ohio State's Taylor Price, who is 6-0, 198, and can burn it downfield to the tune of a 4.37 40. He has solid hands and he's dominating defensive backs at the Senior Bowl this week. He's a third-round value right now, but that may change as the evaluation process moves along. No, he's not a tall receiver. But the Bucs have that in (dear lord, I can't believe I'm about to say this) Michael Clayton. The Bucs need a downfield threat that can grow with Freeman. Williams or Jacobs would be fine selections.

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