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Licht: Signings won't stop Bucs from drafting DE/CB

The Bucs have been linked to some of the top pass rushers in the draft, like Clemson's Shaq Lawson.

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The Bucs have been linked to some of the top pass rushers in the draft, like Clemson's Shaq Lawson.

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The Bucs have addressed some of their biggest needs in free agency with the additions of cornerback Brent Grimes and defensive end Robert Ayers, giving the team more flexibility to use the No. 9 overall draft pick on the player they like best, regardless of position.

But general manager Jason Licht, speaking at the NFL league meetings in Boca Raton, said neither move would keep the Bucs from using that top pick at the same position, with cornerback and defensive end still remaining as longterm ne

"It's not going to stop us from drafting players at those respective positions," Licht said. "We still have to do that. If there's a great player at whatever position it is, we're not going to say 'Well, we signed Player X so we don't need to draft that position now. It allows us to truly stick to our plan, which is 'Best Available Player.'"

The Bucs have been linked to some of the top pass rushers in the draft, like Clemson's Shaq Lawson, Oregon's DeForest Buckner and Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence, as well as top cornerbacks like Wharton grad and Florida star Vernon Hargreaves.

[Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2016 1:38pm]

    

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