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Bucs trade up in 4th round with Eagles for Tennessee TE Luke Stocker



The Bucs traded up 12 spots in the fourth round Saturday with the Philadelphia Eagles and selected Tennessee tight end Luke Stocker with the 104th pick overall.

Stocker had 85 career receptions for 956 yards and eight touchdowns in his career with the Volunteers. In exchange for moving up 12 spots, the Bucs traded their fourth round pick this season (116 overall) and a fourth-rounder in 2012.

Stocker will provide another option for quarterback Josh Freeman in two tight end formations opposite Kellen Winslow. The Bucs needed depth at that position after Jerramy Stevens was released following an arrest on marijuana possession charges last year. The Bucs other tight ends on the roster are Ryan Purvis and Erik Lorig.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Stocker also excels as a blocker, so his versatility makes him a welcome addition to the offense. He's also durable, having started every game at Tennessee for three straight seasons.

"I think they drafted me to come in and fill a role for them, come in and be an every down type tight end,'' Stocker said. "I think the more things you can do as a player, the more valuable you can be, especially at tight end. You don't give the defenses any indicators, which way you're leaning toward the run or the pass. I think you can disguise some things and really keep from being put in a box.''

[Last modified: Saturday, April 30, 2011 1:26pm]


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