Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen told several news outlets on Wednesday that the Bucs may seek to improve their roster via trade rather than free agency. Who might those players be? Bucsblitz.com’s Matthew Postins asked Scout.com’s NFL Senior Reporter Adam Caplan to put together a potential shopping list for the Bucs, players that could be available via trade and would be good fits for the Buccaneers. Want to find out Caplan’s selections, and how Postins feels about them? Just click here for this expert analysis that no one else has.
Third round — No. 83 overall
RB Kevin Smith, University of Central Florida (6-foot-1, 217 pounds)
Why?: Did you miss what he did last year at Central Florida? He rushed for more than 2,600 yards for the Knights as he fell 61 yards short of Barry Sanders’ single-season Division I record. Scouts praise his ability to hit the hole, his vision and his patience with developing blocking. One scout even told me he has “sneaky football speed.”
There are knocks on Smith, beginning with the level of competition in Conference USA and his top-end speed. He didn’t necessarily answer those critics at the Scouting Combine, where he didn’t crack 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. But some backs don’t have breakaway speed and become successful in the NFL. Witness Emmitt Smith.
Production doesn’t lie, even against less than heralded competition. Kevin Smith produced because he has talent. It’s up to scouts to project how that production might play in the NFL. To me, I could see him being highly productive in the right offense. With the road-grading guards the Bucs have assembled, plus new acquisition Jeff Faine at center, Kevin Smith could be a good fit. And, with questions surrounding Carnell Williams' health, Smith fits a secondary team need.
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It’s always been assumed that Cato June would take Derrick Brooks’ place at weak side linebacker once the future Hall of Famer retired. But is that really the case? Or is there another play afoot at One Buc Place? Bucsblitz.com examines that, with the help of insider information from Scout.com’s Senior NFL reporter Adam Caplan. Click here for this expert analysis.
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Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. An award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers Association, he appears frequently on Scot Brantley Show from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WHBO 1470-AM in Tampa-Clearwater.