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A college basketball player could provide one of the more compelling stories of the weekend.

Cleveland State's J'Nathan Bullock is among the hundreds of prospects this week, and he isn't being ignored. The 6-foot-4, 245- pounder hopes to catch on as a tight end, and his workout last week in Cleveland was widely attended by scouts, including one from the Bucs. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Bullock caught about 60 passes.

"For the most part, I showed I could catch the ball and block," said Bullock, whose 40-yard dash time was 4.8 seconds. "I'm happy I didn't drop many. It's a blessing to have this many teams come out."

Like Duke point guard Greg Paulus, who worked out with the Packers, Bullock was a high school football star, playing at Flint (Mich.) Northern. Florida State, Notre Dame and Michigan reportedly showed interest in him as a football player.

There is a precedent. Chargers standout TE Antonio Gates did not play college football, choosing instead to play basketball at Kent State.

If Paulus, who might transfer to play quarterback at Michigan, or Bullock gets a look, it likely will be as an undrafted free agent.

Good lessons

Southern Cal DT Fili Moala has some interesting bloodlines. His father, Fili Sr., was a boxer who served as a sparring partner for heavyweight champion Ken Norton. But Moala knew early he didn't want to follow in his dad's footsteps.

"I was 10 years old when I got popped in my face," he said of the punch, courtesy of his dad. "That ringing noise in my ear didn't sit too well with me."

Moala has another interesting relative: Ravens DT Haloti Ngata is his cousin.

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

No ladies man

Florida State DE Everette Brown on the 15-minute interview sessions at the combine: "It's like speed dating. It's incredible. If I were that lucky with the women, I'd be all right. All the teams have shown great interest."

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers news and notes for NFL draft 04/19/09 [Last modified: Sunday, April 19, 2009 9:05pm]

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