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Bucs focus on defense on Day 2



One day after shivering the timbers of some nostalgic fans by using the 17th overall pick on Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, the Bucs turned their attention to the defensive side of the ball, selecting two defensive linemen and a cornerback.

Columnist John Romano doesn't know if any of the moves made by new head coach Raheem Morris and general manager Raheem Morris will work out. And, if you're honest with yourself, you don't know, either. But he can say, with a strong sense of certainty, that this kind of overhaul at One Buc Place was necessary.

It's no coincidence former University of Texas standout Roy Miller has the same kind of confidence and swagger that spews from his new coach, Raheem Morris. "I feel like I'm the best D-tackle in this draft,'' the Bucs' third-round pick says.

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the Bucs did not draft a linebacker though they released Derrick Brooks and Cato June in February. Asked whether he felt comfortable with the current group, GM Mark Dominik was unequivocal. He said it's unlikely the team will change its linebacker lineup in a major way, likely adding only a rookie free agent.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:31pm]


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