Peek Inside Team Workouts

April 6th, 2015
The Bucs worked out Penn State safety Adrian Amos.

The Bucs worked out Penn State safety Adrian Amos.

Joe knows fans read this all the time: So-and-so worked out for (insert team name).

You read this so often this time of the year you get numb to it. Sort of like local meteorologists forecasting a hot Florida summer afternoon, or hearing Josh McCown turned the ball over.

There is an interesting series published by the Baltimore Sun that features a draft diary of Penn State free safety Adrian Amos. In a recent diary missive, Amos admits he worked out for Bucs safeties coach Mikal Smith. Yes, Lovie’s son.

I worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers safeties coach, Mikal Smith [son of Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith]. That went really well. He told me a lot about their defense and how I fit in their defense. I did classroom stuff for each coach. They want to see how I understand offenses and defenses, my understanding of formations and tendencies, my understanding of the game.

I want to show that I can do everything. A year ago, people were saying my tackling was my strong suit and the way I hit and used words like “ferocious tackler.” They said they don’t know if I’m fast enough to cover. Now, they say I’m fast enough to cover, but will question my tackling.

Remember: NFL teams cannot “work out” a player at an NFL facility — only away from an NFL headquarters. (The 30 in-house visits teams have for players are strictly interviews; no workouts.) Usually, this is a college or a high school in the player’s hometown.

Well, it seems Amos was a good tackler. That can always be re-learned with good coaching. If he improved his speed, that is key. Lance Zierlein of raked Amos over the coals for his tackling did consider him a highly intelligent player.

Rarely can intelligence be replaced. Perhaps the Bucs think Amos is a diamond in the rough they can coach up? With the departure of Hawk Goldson, safety is a need but not a priority in the draft.

6 Responses to “Peek Inside Team Workouts”

  1. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    CBS sports has him projected to go in the 5th or 6th round. He could definitely be on the Bucs radar.

  2. UF Alum that likes a few Noles here. Says:

    I am thinking we go QB, OL, DE in the first three rounds. We really need more than one OL in this draft imo. Hopefully we find that diamond in the rough OL in the later rounds.

  3. Pancake block Says:

    Yeah, Alan Zemaitus 2.0

  4. Stu Laake Says:

    Anytime I hear Penn State safety, all I can think of is the colossal bust Alan Zemaitis…

  5. Stu Laake Says:

    sorry Pancake…did not read your post or I would not have posted, but that is exactly who I thought of.

  6. LargoBuc Says:

    Bradley Mcdougald looked solid last December. But Major Wright and Conte are injury prone, short term band aids at this point. We should definitely go safety with one of our fourth round picks. I originally thought the Bucs should target Tre Mcbride, WR, but that was before Hawk was traded.