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Stanford DE Lorig could be a "luxury" player for the Bucs

The Bucs doubled down on the defensive tackle position by taking Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy and UCLA's Brian Price with their first two picks.

But they waited until the seventh round to address the defensive end position by drafting Stanford's Erik Lorig.

A converted tight end, Lorig was unable to participate in the Bucs' rookie minicamp because he is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle. That obviously hurt his draft status. But the Bucs really love his motor and effort. 

"It's fair to say he might be a luxury,'' Morris said. "I like to look at him like that. You're talking about a guy who played tight end for years. You're talking about a guy who played d-end and showed maximum hussle, showed effort and showed all those things on tape. 

"You never know. You only get 45 guys on game day. Who knows if Lorig won't show up playing tight end a little bit and possibly playing defensive end. Rather than project -- those 'p words' are dangerous, projection, project, all those words -- I like to use luxury. That sounds better.''

The Bucs are counting on Stylez White, Kyle Moore and Tim Crowder to provide some pass rush off the edge. Lorig's versatility is a plus if the team has an injury during the game at tight end. But his contribution will come on special teams and defense.

Morris is not concerned about Lorig's injury and expects him to be ready for training camp.

"We knew the one (injury) that's going to be a little bit longer with Lorig and we knew about that when we took him,'' Morris said. "We'll wait for him and see when that comes around and he's ready to go.

"He had the pec coming out of school, which we knew about. Everything is a guess-timate right now. He should be ready to go for training camp or at the end of OTA's, you never know. It could be minicamp, whatever the case may be.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:01pm]


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