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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bring 26 in For Pre-Draft Visits


Update:

Auman has been able to identify 22 of the players who worked out for the Bucs yesterday. In addition to the names in the original story, these others can now be added:

Original:

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been bringing in a number of high profile players for workouts, including quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel.

Today however, the Bucs brought in 26 players who played either high school or college football in the local metro area. Teams are allowed to bring in 30 players for pre-draft visits, but an unlimited number of players from the metro area can be brought in for the Bucs to look at.

Usually, these kind of players are late round draft picks or free agent signings once the draft concludes.

Bucs senior writer Scott Smith confirmed the visit, but the names of those who took part were not released.

However, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times was able to dig up some names that were at One Buc Place today.

In addition, Auman confirmed that Toledo receiver Bernard Reedy, who played high school football at Lakewood was in attendance, as was former Leto and Rutgers defensive back Jeremy Deering.

Offensive lineman Will Latu also visited today. As we reported earlier in the week, James Wilder Jr was at One Buc Place on Friday as well. The names of the other 19 players remain unknown.

It’s difficult to take much away from these visits since the players are late round draft picks, but obviously the Bucs are doing their due-diligence. Three of the seven players whose names were released were offensive lineman, a position the Bucs do need depth at.

In 2012, Leonard Johnson, who is from Clearwater but attended Iowa State, was invited for a workout similar to what was held today. He later signed as an undrafted free agent and made the Bucs opening roster that season and has morphed himself into a very good player for the Bucs in the secondary, so these visits can pay big dividends for teams.

In related news, Smith confirmed that Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr will meet with the Bucs Wednesday.

 

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