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More draft prospects visit



We've learned the identity of a couple more draft prospects on the list of players visiting One Buc Place.

Cal receiver Lavelle Hawkins passed through Tampa Bay last week, while Florida receiver and Tampa native Andre Caldwell will visit on Thursday.

The interest in both players is an indication the Bucs are considering a group of receivers that will be available in the second or third round rather than just those considered candidates for the first round.

Hawkins played alongside DeSean Jackson at Cal and became an All-Pac-10 second team selection last season. Like Jackson, he is a little on the small side at 5-11 and 187 pounds, although Hawkins has shown a willingness to run inside routes such as slants. He also is regarded as a crisp route-runner. Most experts predict Hawkins will come off the board anywhere between the second and fourth rounds.

Caldwell is built a little more sturdily at 6-0, 204 pounds, but he still possesses impressive speed, having run a 4.35-second 40-yard dash. Many scouts wonder whether he can stay healthy after a season-ending leg injury in 2005 and a couple of nagging injuries in 2007. Overall, he's a good prospect who might easily be had in, say, the third round. Whether he's the the game breaker the Bucs are seeking remains to be seen, but his presence is certainly interesting. One note on Caldwell: according to his agent, he doesn't count toward the Bucs' limit of 30 prospect visits because he is a local player. Teams are permitted to host players in their local area without penalty.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:00pm]


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