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Bucs take UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price 35th overall



Price Gerald McCoy has some company.

On day after making the Oklahoma defensive tackle the No. 3 overall pick, the Bucs selected another defensive tackle to start the second round.

Passing up a list of quality wide receivers that were still available, the Bucs took UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price with the third pick in the second round, the 35th choice overall.

Price visited the Bucs last month and was projected by many as a possible first-round pick. He recorded 23.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks last season for the Bruins.

"Yeah, I was surprised,'' Price said. "Just the whole waiting game and stuff like that. But they told me out there that they'll see me again.''

His style is very similar to McCoy's. But remember, the Bucs use a rotation of defensive linemen in the Tampa 2. Last season, the Bucs drafted Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller in the third round.

"Well, when you're talking about what we've had in the past and things we've been able to do, you're talking about guys with a dynamic pass rush and guys who create disruption and are constantly going to be in people's backfields,'' coach Raheem Morris said. "So with the ability to play these two players together, it really excites us. When you bring these guys in for visits and you talk about the different scenarios and the different things these guys can do, you become real excited. We were very creative with some of our schemes and things we were able to do, with these guys coming into play, all kinds of thoughts and ideas are running around in your head.

The Bucs were last in the NFL in rushing defense. The drafting of McCoy and Price likely means that the Bucs will soon part ways with veteran defensive tackle Chris Hovan or Ryan Sims.

(AP photo)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:00pm]


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