The Next Great Bucs Linebacker?January 31st, 2012
One would think the Bucs would look to free agency or a trade to land a beast of a linebacker to help shore up the mess that’s there at the position right now.
But the Bucs might also snag the best linebacker they can find in the draft. Draft guru Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski, pregame and postgame host on the Buccaneers Radio Network, says the Bucs might have a bit of drool on their chin for Zach Brown out of North Carolina. The Commish, via CommishOnline.com, pegs Brown as a late first-round, or early second-round pick.
Brown is one of the fastest linebackers in this year’s draft. He has good size (6’1” 236lbs), but excellent speed, explosion, and athleticism. The linebacker position has been undervalued in recent years, which might have Brown slip a little. If Butch Davis joins Greg Schiano’s staff in Tampa, you’d have to wonder if the Buccaneers would make a move to grab Brown later in the 1st round.
Possible Targets: Buccaneers, Lions, Giants, Eagles
Joe surely could see this happening. Scoring a stout middle linebacker in free agency — Jonathan Vilma after he’s cut? — and having Brown, Mason Foster, Quincy Black and Dakoda Watson and more fighting for snaps wouldn’t be so bad.