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Bucs have private meeting with Josh Johnson

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March

Bucs quarterbacks coach Greg Olson is having a private meeting today in San Diego with quarterback Josh Johnson.

The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Johnson is becoming a darling of the NFL draft. At the University of San Diego, he dominated Div. I-AA competition with 43 touchdowns and one interception -- one that bounced off the chest of his tight end and into the hands of a defender. He also was the MVP of the East-West Shrine game.

Johnson was the fastest quarterback at the NFL scouting combine by running a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. But he suffered some back spasms afterward and struggled in throwing drills.

He redeemed himself last week at his pro day, which was attended by about 20 teams, including Carolina coach John Fox and Chargers coach Norv Turner.

Nobody has been a bigger advocate for Johnson than Doug Williams, the Bucs' pro personnel assistant.

The Bucs already have six quarterbacks on the roster -- Jeff Garcia, Brian Griese, Luke McCown, Chris Simms, Bruce Gradkowski and even Jake Plummer. To say the least, coach Jon Gruden doesn't have a history of developing young quarterbacks.

With only five draft picks, it's hard to fathom the Bucs taking a quarterback. But it's obvious they believe Johnson may become a special player. Right now, he projected to go in the third round, but that could change.

At San Diego, he played several seasons for Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. The Baltimore Ravens, coached by John Harbaugh, are obviously very interested in Johnson. But he's someone for Bucs fans to keep an eye on.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:59pm]

    

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