Second-Round Options For The BucsApril 27th, 2011
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2nd Round options for the Bucs
By JUSTIN PAWLOWSKI
Mason Foster – LB – Washington
6’1’’ – 245 lbs – 4.67
Foster might not be the flashiest linebacker, but he might be the most passionate one in the draft. Foster was a leader and captain for Washington while leading the entire PAC 10 in tackles in 2008 and 2010. He’s played every linebacker position and was truly the heart and soul of the Huskies defense. I’ve been saying that the Bucs have been missing leadership from the linebacker position and Foster could bring just that.
Allen Bailey – DE – Miami
6’3’’ – 285 lbs – 4.77
If the Bucs pass on a defensive end in the first round, it might almost be a guarantee that they grab one in round 2. Hell, they might grab an end either way after getting 2 DTs last year in the first 2 rounds. Bailey is a big and physical defensive end that can play the 5-technique in a 3-4 or left defensive end in a 4-3 defense. With the Bucs mixing in both those defenses, Bailey might be extra attractive to the Bucs.
Ryan Williams – RB – Virginia Tech
5’9’’ – 212 lbs – 4.45
It might be a reach in the 2nd round, but if the Bucs want a running back, Ryan Williams could end up being one of the best this draft has to offer. Hamstring injuries limited Williams in 2010, but he might be the most complete back in this draft. He can be a feature back, he has speed, he can block, and he can catch. I’m not sure this would be a popular pick among fans initially due to the needs on defense, but Williams could be dynamic in the NFL.
Bruce Carter – LB – North Carolina
6’2’’ – 241 lbs – DNP
If it weren’t for a knee injury that occurred at the end of the 2010 season, Carter might have been looking at the 1st round. There are concerns as to whether he’ll be ready for the beginning of the 2011 season, but when healthy, Carter is one of the top linebackers in this draft. He has great speed, can cover sideline to sideline, and is a very reliable tackler. I’m not sure the Bucs would be willing to risk a 2nd round pick on damaged goods though.
Ras-I Dowling – CB – Virginia
6’1’’ – 198 lbs – 4.46
Dowling has been all over draft boards, but I think he ends up as a 2nd round pick when it’s all said and done. To be honest, I’m not sure he makes it to the Bucs’ 2nd round pick, but if he does, they will consider him. Dowling has great size and speed. I think he’d be a natural fit for the Bucs defense. No, I do not think this pick would be because of Aqib Talib because I already thought the Bucs might be in the market for a corner, but the Talib incident does help the cause to pick Dowling.