Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Which Draft Prospects Will Visit Before the NFL Draft?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 6, 2012

Is Dre Kirkpatrick a "trade down" candidate for the Bucs?
Is Dre Kirkpatrick a "trade down" candidate for the Bucs?Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images

Now is the time of year when everyone's looking for clues, hints, anything that might give an indication as to which draft prospects are catching the eye of their NFL teams.

Each team is allotted 30 visits by various prospects; it's a time to get to know the players better, another job interview, perhaps a workout prior to the April 26-27 draft.

ProFootballTalk.com, the Central Intelligence Agency for football headed by Mike Florio, has compiled pre-draft visit lists from every sort of report or rumor out there.

Here's how it shapes up for your Tampa Bay Buccaneers:


Trent Richardson

No surprise here. He's one of the top-tier guys in the draft. Greg Schiano wants to run the football in a major way, and if that's the case, then this guy could be the Bucs' man, provided he's there.

Sentiment suggests that he ends up in Cleveland with the fourth pick. He's already been shown around One Buc Place.


Morris Claiborne

Ditto Trent Richardson. If Cleveland takes the Alabama running back, and Claiborne is there at No. 5, it becomes more of a no-brainer, and one would think deep down that the Bucs hope the decision will be made for them.

I would love to be in the war room if both are still available when the Bucs choose.


Justin Blackmon

You have to have him in just in case. He'll probably be there at No. 5, unless the Vikings decide they want to help Christian Ponder. He hasn't been in yet, but there's plenty of time over the next three weeks.


Michael Brockers

This one would be very puzzling, but this big defensive tackle from LSU could be one of those "trade down" candidates.

Word came out via Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times that the Bucs may be pursuing Bears defensive tackle Amobi Okoye in free agency.

It speaks volumes that the Bucs know they have two guys who haven't been able to stay healthy, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price.


Ron Brooks

Brooks was the "other" corner at LSU. He would be available in the later rounds, and keep in mind where the Bucs got their new secondary coach, Ron Cooper. He was the LSU secondary coach. Hmm.


Tank Carder

This TCU linebacker will be available in the later rounds. He's known as a run-stuffer. Do the Bucs needs a run-stuffer? Duh!


Quinton Coples

This one would be a head-scratcher. A defensive end out of Carolina, he will go later in the first round. Is this a trade-down "just in case" visit? This one's got Butch Davis written all over it.


Ladarius Green

Green is a nice tight end out of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, formerly Southwest Louisiana State. Look for the Bucs to draft a tight end. Luke Stocker was a waste of a roster spot last year.


Dre Kirkpatrick

Here's another one of those "in case we trade down" visits. Opinions are all over the place with Kirkpatrick. Some say he becomes a safety in the NFL, while others feel he's fine at corner.


Amini Silatolu

Here's a very intriguing guy. He played at Midwestern State. He's 6'3", 324 pounds and is considered one of the better guard prospects in the draft.

Would he be a second-round target? It's certainly not a position of need with Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph.


David Wilson

He was a second-round pick in our mock draft yesterday. He has all of the tools to be a good runner in the NFL, and behind the Bucs' retooled offensive line, a good runner can become a great runner.


Tavon Wilson

No relation to David. He's a safety out of Illinois, and it's almost a sure bet that the Bucs will draft a safety.


That's it for now. The only two "for sure" confirmed visits are Richardson and Claiborne. Some of these guys may visit off-site with Buccaneer scouts, privately, at their schools.

Just more for us to talk about.