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Third-round pick Mason Foster offers options for Bucs



The Bucs selected Washington linebacker Mason Foster in the third round tonight, giving Tampa Bay a versatile player who has played all three linebacker spots and offers the Bucs options.

Neither Foster nor Bucs coach Raheem Morris offered a hint about where Foster would ultimately play because that is as yet undecided. But Morris said Foster is a skilled edge rusher in the mold of Dekoda Watson and Quincy Black but also is savvy in coverage, when necessary. And playing middle linebacker is not out of the question, particularly because of the free-agent status of current starter Barrett Ruud.

Morris cited that uncertainty as one of the reasons Foster was so attractive to the Bucs.

"He plays inside a little bit," Morris said. "Legitimately, you could see Mason Foster playing the (strongside) position, he can play rush end, you could see him play inside backer, you could see him play the weakside linebacker. He legitimately did it all in college on tape and that was really intriguing to us because of the uncertainty."

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 10:24pm]


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