Bucs’ Fourth-Round Watch ListApril 26th, 2011
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4th Round options for the Bucs
By JUSTIN PAWLOWSKI
Nate Irving – LB – North Carolina State
6’1’’ – 240 lbs – 4.76
Despite his lack of elite speed, Irving seems like a nice fit for the Bucs. After a horrific car accident left him with a collapsed lung, separated shoulder, and a broken leg, Irving battled back to play in all 13 games for N.C. St. last year accumulating 92 tackles, 21.5 for a loss, and seven sacks. His work ethic and leadership will be his most valuable trait for a 4th round selection.
DJ Williams – TE – Arkansas
6’2’’ – 245 lbs – 4.67
I know the Bucs have shown DJ Williams a lot of interest this off-season which included a visit to their facility. Williams is the vertical type of tight end the Bucs are seeking. In addition, Williams has tremendous character and is great in the community. He won the Disney Spirit Award in 2010 which goes to the most inspirational figure in college football.
Jordan Cameron – TE – USC
6’5’’ – 254 lbs – 4.59
Cameron is another tight end that fits what the Bucs need and another TE that they have brought in for a visit. Cameron is another former basketball player that has transitioned to tight end. He is a great athlete with very good speed and soft hands. His technique will need refining, but he has great natural talent.
Jacquizz Rodgers – RB – Oregon St
5’6’’ – 196 lbs – 4.46
If the Bucs pass on a running back in the first three rounds, Rodgers would be an excellent selection here to counter the power of Blount. Rodgers was extremely productive at Oregon St, but he will not be able to be a feature back in the NFL. He is small, quick, and fast. Rodgers also has good hands out of the backfield.
Greg Jones – LB – Michigan St
6’0’’ – 242 lbs – 4.76
I haven’t seen the Bucs showing much interest in Jones, but if the are looking for linebackers, it’s tough to find a more productive LB over the past three years than Jones. He’s had over 100 tackles and more than 10 tackles for a loss in each of those years, and sacked the quarterback nine times in 2009. He is a great leader with a great work ethic, but his lack of ideal size will drop him.
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