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With Sam Bradford and the Rams looking more like a match after his superb workout Monday, the Buccaneers are expected to nab one of the top two defensive tackles — Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy or Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh — when they make the third overall pick April 22. Tampa Bay has several other needs to fill, including wide receiver, and we hear they likely will get a chance to select one of the top receivers available this year with the third pick of the second round.
Draft insiders say Notre Dame's Golden Tate and Illinois' Arrelious Benn — PFW's third- and fourth-highest rated wideouts — are likely to still be on the board when Tampa Bay picks at No. 35. It's possible that the second-highest rated receiver in the draft, Georgia Tech's Demaryius Thomas, will slide into Round Two, and the top receiver in the draft, Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant, is falling down some boards after an unimpressive pro day.
With five of the first 101 picks, the Bucs can be flexible in this draft and could be intriguing trade partners, but they would be quite pleased to land a top D-tackle and a top receiver with their first two picks.
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