Bucs get Freeman some much-needed help in Benn

Posted April 23, 2010 @ 7:32 p.m.
Posted By Dan Parr

Josh Freeman can exhale, but only a bit.

The Buccaneers decided to address their defense first this year, selecting DTs Gerald McCoy and Brian Price with their top two picks. Yet, they didn't forget about the second-year quarterback, trading up to take Illinois WR Arrelious Benn with the 39th overall pick. He was the first receiver drafted in the second round.

Benn, who lacks polish and is not considered a deep threat, will be expected to contribute immediately. Tampa Bay lost its top receiver in the offseason when Antonio Bryant signed with the Bengals and, sticking to their draft-centric approach, did not throw heaps of money on a free agent to replace him. The Bucs found a promising receiver in the seventh round last year, when they selected Sammie Stroughter, but there were few other quality options on the roster for Freeman to target prior to Friday.

Benn is tough, willing to block and will fight for yards after the catch. He may never become a true No. 1 receiver, but he has the potential to become a fine complementary target.

Tampa Bay could still use help on the offensive line and at running back. Freeman should be lobbying hard for another piece on offense when the Bucs select next at No. 67.


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