Dee Ford And The BucsMarch 23rd, 2014
It’s no secret what Lovie Smith thought was the deepest hole on the Bucs roster. That’s why defensive end Michael Johnson was shown the big money.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht noted the football staff deemed the position its most important upgrade and targeted Johnson early and fast.
In fact, news had leaked out well before the 4 p.m. free agent dinner bell rank that Johnson and the Bucs had come to terms on a contract. It seems Lovie may not be done there.
Chase Goodbread reports that Auburn defensive end Dee Ford is making a visit to One Buc Palace to meet with the Bucs.
Auburn defensive end Dee Ford has visits scheduled with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, although if Ford is drafted in the first-round range expected by draft experts, it’s tough to imagine the pass-rushing standout landing with at least one of them in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Buccaneers hold the No. 7 overall pick, well in front of where Ford is projected to be drafted. In fact, the Bucs’ second draft pick (No. 38 overall) might be closer to where Ford lands than its first. NFL Media analysts Charles Davis and Bucky Brooks project Ford to be chosen by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 24 pick, while analyst Daniel Jeremiah sees Ford going to the New Orleans Saints at No. 27.
Now Joe puts more stock into news of an official visit than he does teams meeting with prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine or at pro days. Teams can schedule a maximum of 30 players for official, full-day visits to go through workouts, interviews, you name it.
Generally, teams, since they can do this with only a specific number of players, aren’t going to waste one just to send up a smokescreen. To Joe, this doesn’t mean the Bucs will draft Ford, of course, but he has certainly caught their eye.
Oh, and Ford is no fan of Jadeveon Clowney.