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Draft Reality: If DeSean Jackson's off the board, who's next?

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In the event that WR/PR DeSean Jackson is off the board come the Bucs 1st Round Draft slot at Pick No. 20.. Who should the Bucs turn to?

WR Limas Sweed (Texas) 6'5, 219lbs - Big, athletic receiver. Missed most of 2007 with wrist injury. Gets good separation and can make tough catches. Down field threat. Long strides, but good overall speed. Quiet, humble player. Good open field vision. Feels the coverage well. Can sit in a zone and works back to the ball well. Needs to overcome injuries.

My initial opinion of Limas is: He's a big, lanky receiver, do we need another one of those? His Video is impressive however. He shows speed, an ability to jump for the ball, and the athleticism to hold on to the ball while showing no regard for his body. I think he could easily become a fan favorite. Several Draft discussions have had him falling out of the first round, I'm not sure if it would be a reach for the Bucs to take him with that 20th pick......

WR Early Doucet (Louisiana State) 6'0, 207lbs - A smaller receiver with decent speed, but solid hands and crisp routes. Will not impress you on the track or weight room, but makes plays on the field. A dangerous route runner underneath. Can create separation and catch in traffic. Lacks straight line speed and may not test well. A strong blocker who likes to mix it up. Very good instincts and vision with the ball in his hands..

There isnt much in the way of video on Doucet in the world of YouTube videos. Other than deferring to New Era Scouting on Early's abilities, I would say he doesnt possess the blazing speed nor does he have the return capabilities, Gruden and Co are looking for in this draft. He's seems to be a quality player, but not somebody a team with 5 Draft Picks should be hanging their hat on...

WR Adarius Bowman (Oklahoma State) 6'4, 220lbs - Big, physical receiver who makes plays in traffic. Big hands. Good leaper. Agile. Proficient route runner who uses head fakes and jukes to get open. Good YAC player. Tough and can be a blocker off the line. Will not be jammed. Team leader. Mature.

Aside from the video being in fast mode, the guy is BIG and can run like a gazelle. He seems alot more polished in that he doesnt have to fight for the ball, he's able to create that seperation needed for catching the ball and turning up field. My only knock would be, do we have this guy in Maurice Stovall?

WR Keenan Burton (Kentucky) 6'2, 195lbs - Good, solid receiver who flashes decent hands, speed and athleticism. Has good size with a powerful frame. Uses his strength to beat jams. Hard worker. Also returns kicks. Runs good, crisp routes. Doesn’t seem to have excellent top-end speed to run away from defenders. Might not have much upside..

Take from Glenn, of A Sea of Blue, our Kentucky Wildcats Blog: Keenan was a quarterback/safety in high school, so he understands the game very well from the other side. Burton is a good route runner who has excellent timing and will wind up where the quarterback expects him to be. He has excellent speed and athleticism, though he doesn't have blazing speed. Keenan has great hands, is as tough as they come, and doesn't mind contact. Keenan studies the game. Burton is very shifty after the catch, and tends to turn short gains into big plays. Keenan's body type is less durable than some. Long legs can be targets for injury on Sunday. Keenan can occasionally blow routes, he occasionally loses focus...

WR Malcolm Kelly (Oklahoma) 6'4, 217lbs - Excellent size and agility combination. Strong hands. Can make tough catches in traffic. Missed ’07 Spring practice after meniscus surgery. Doesn’t show great speed or separation. Long strides and is very fluid. Good after the catch ability. Dangerous deep threat. Plays the ball very well in the air.

When I watch Malcolm, I think fluid. The guy is 6'4 and moves effortlessly. Limas up top has long strides (as do most big WR), not Kelly. He seems like a WR that could adapt to any offense. He can stretch the field or be that go to target. He catches the ball and strives to get that YAC yardage. Many Mocks have him going in the Top 15, so I'm not sure the Bucs will even have an opportunity to mull over drafting him......

WR Mario Manningham (Michigan) 6'0, 178lbs - Decent-sized speed receiver. Hands are only average. Looks afraid to get hit and won't challenge for a ball in a crowd or if he sees an opponent closing. Scary after the catch if he can get into open space. Seems to have an extra gear when he turns up field. At the very least will be a good kick and punt returner. If he can toughen up, Manningham could live up to his nickname of "Cash.".

Manningham is probably the one Wide Receiver in this group that wouldnt excite me should the Bucs Draft him. He has silky smooth play, he just doesnt seem to have that killer instinct. He seems to rely on his speed to beat defenders and in the NFL, the corners pretty much mimic his speed. He shys away from contact, I don't see the Bucs spending a 1st Round Draft Pick on the guy......

WR James Hardy (Indiana) 6'6, 220lbs - Long-striding possession receiver. Hands are a little suspect, but he'll fight for the ball in a crowd of defenders. Shows good footwork to keep in bounds. Route running needs improvement. Will round off too much and doesn't do a good job juking defenders. Isn't very fast or shift. Somewhat physical after the catch.

He reminds me alot of Stovall. Obviously he has more down field speed, but in terms of the red zone and what he brings to the table. I don't see him blazing past NFL Corners as he did in the video footage provided in this post. He's certainly interesting, but I think we need to go smaller, quicker, shiftier...

WR Devin Thomas (Michigan State) 6’2, 215lbs - This year, Thomas has emerged as one of the top receivers in the nation. He has good size, and while not a burner, he has enough speed to make plays downfield. Thomas, a junior college transfer expected to enter the draft, gets good position to make a play on the ball..

Speed, Speed, Speed I'm not seeing break-away speed with this cat. I like that he can pose as a duel threat in the return game, but i think the lack of speed catches up to him in the NFL. He reminds me of Florida's Chad Jackson from a few years ago. He's solid as they come, but doesnt seem to have "it" to warrant being taken in the first round, muchless with the 20th overall pick.....