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Bucs draft position analysis: WR/TE

The Buccaneers have six selections in the NFL draft, including the No. 5 overall pick. The draft, to be held Thursday-Saturday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, features seven rounds and 253 total picks, including a handful of compensatory picks. The Bucs have one pick in each round, except Round 4. For eight straight days, the Tampa Tribune will analyze the team's needs at each of eight positions. Today, we look at wide receiver/tight end. The signing of WR Vincent Jackson to a five-year, $55-million contract in March solved the Bucs' need for a vertical threat and deepened what team officials think is one of their strongest areas. Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn, Preston Parker, Dezmon Briscoe and Sammie Stroughter round out the corps of young wideouts. The situation at tight end is not quite as promising. Kellen Winslow led the Bucs in receptions each of the past three seasons, but his chronic knee problems are an issue and the team is still not certain it has a replacement in Luke Stocker, drafted in the fourth round last year. Unlike receiver, tight end ia spot the Bucs like will look to bolster. On the Bucs roster
Pos.; Player; Ht.; Wt.; Age; Seasons WR; Arrelious Benn; 6-2; 220; 23; 2 WR; Dezmon Briscoe; 6-2; 210; 22; 1 WR; Vincent Jackson; 6-5; 230; 29; 8 WR; Preston Parker; 6-0; 200; 25; 2 WR; Mike Williams; 6-2; 212; 24; 2 TE; Collin Franklin; 6-5; 252; 23; 1 TE; Zack Pianalto; 6-4; 250; 22; 1 TE; Luke Stocker; 6-5; 253; 23; 1 TE; Kellen Winslow; 6-4; 240; 28; 8 Dream pick Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State Blackmon has good size for the position and terrific speed and playmaking ability. Scouts don't envision him being a dominant force the way Calvin Johnson of the Lions is, but see him developing quickly into one of the more difficult players to cover and stop. He is a disciplined route runner who showed no difficulty whatsoever in beating double teams in college. Hidden gem Tommy Streeter, Miami Streeter has Blackmon's speed with the size Blackmon lacks. At 6-foot-5 and 219 pounds, he's a big target who has the ability not only to get past defenders in the long field, but out-jump them in the short areas such as the red zone. As a junior last season, Streeter was a source of big plays for the Hurricanes. Remaining NFL free agents Pos.; Player; Ht.; Wt.; Age; Seasons WR; Braylon Edwards; 6-3; 214; 29; 7 TE; Dallas Clark; 6-3; 252; 32; 9 TE; Jeremy Shockey; 6-5; 251; 31; 10 Bucs history This is another area where the Bucs have struggled to find a good fit on draft day. Jacquez Green, Reidel Anthony and Michael Clayton were first-round picks who never produced as expected. The team appeared to find a keeper in Mike Williams in the fourth round in 2010, but he slipped last season. The team still is waiting for Benn, a second-round pick in 2010, to find his groove. The team's history of drafting tight ends is not glowing, either. The best was probably Ron Hall in 1987. The schedule Thursday: Defensive tackle Friday: Quarterback Saturday: Defensive backs Sunday: Running back Monday: Offensive line Today: Receiver/Tight end Wednesday: Defensive end Thursday: Linebacker
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