Buccaneers 2011 Draft Picks: Tampa Bay Takes Daniel Hardy in the Seventh Round

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have drafted Daniel Hardy, Tight End out of Idaho with their last pick of the draft. He isn't a great blocker despite a good frame of 6'4", 242lbs. He looks and plays more like a big wide receiver. He's a good route runner and uses his big frame well to box out defenders. He sounds like someone drafted to be a backup/insurance policy to Kellen Winslow. The Buccaneers love using 2TE sets on first and second down, and that's likely where Luke Stocker will make his mark. Daniel Hardy, if he indeed is not a good blocker, is more likely to be there for depth in case Kellen Winslow goes down with injury. That said, I doubt he makes it out of camp to the roster unless he's a really good receiving tight end. 

The draft is now over for the Buccaneers, and unlike in previous years there will not be any undrafted free agents added today. The lockout is preventing the Buccaneers and any other team from contacting free agents, so that market will only open once the lockout is over, which could be as early as next week. That's a shame, though, as the Bucs did a terrific job getting production out of some undrafted free agents last year. 

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