With free agency having settled down coming out of the weekend, a lot of the attention will now turn back towards the NFL Draft.
The Buccaneers were certainly busy over the last 72 hours or so signing kicker Chandler Cantanzaro, Center Ryan Jensen and three defensive linemen including, signing Vinny Curry of the Eagles on Saturday.
Now, the Bucs may be setting their sights on a college defensive lineman , as NC State’s Bradley Chubb gets set to have his pro day workout on Monday.
And as Pro Football Talk reported Sunday afternoon, there are five teams who are scheduled to meet with Chubb on Sunday night and Monday morning.
With Pro Day on Monday, Bradley Chubb will meet with five teams tonight and tomorrow — all pick in the top seven https://t.co/YoNpEco2Ay
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 18, 2018
The educated speculation is that the Bucs will be one of those teams trying to talk with the guy who is the premier choice for pass-rushing help at the top of the first round of the upcoming April draft.
It is not known whether GM Jason Licht, much less head coach Dirk Koetter, are in attendance but, you would have to think Licht would be there to take a strong look. It would also be intriguing to know if new Buccaneers defensive line coach Brentson Buckner is also there and possibly meeting with chub before the workout.
Buckner, and defensive coordinator Mike Smith, have to be salivating at bringing in three veteran defensive lineman in free agency and now, having the possibility to add Chubb to that fold to aid what was a pitiful Bucs pass rush off the right end a year ago.
And obviously, the Bucs can still use one of their allotted player visits to bring Chubb to Tampa to talk with him some more anytime in the process before the upcoming draft.
You are probably aware that the Jets swapped spots with the Colts at the top of the first round moving from #6 overall to #3 on Saturday. That move is obviously to try to take one of the top quarterbacks in the top four. The concern for the Bucs, and anyone else interested in Chubb, is at the Colts may very well take him to be kind of like a “Dwight Freeney 2.0” for them.
Will the Bucs now have to jump in front of the Colts, if they really want Chubb that badly? Or, perhaps, they sit tight like they did a year ago, as team after team did not take tight end O.J. Howard. And he fell right to Tampa Bay, which had a need at that position.
Back to Chubb. He is clearly in a great position and will hold his work out tomorrow, and then wait to see which team in the top 10 if not the top 5 he’s willing to pull the trigger in late April.
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