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Bucs gave “extra attention” to Derwin James at FSU Pro Day

The Buccaneers were at Florida State’s Pro Day and were paying a little more attention to safety Derwin James.

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It’s that time of year when teams begin meeting with and studying players at their pro days. It’s basically Version 2 of the combine.

Earlier this week, the Bucs were at N.C. State’s Pro Day for Bradley Chubb. In a video of Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick instructing Chubb during a drill, general manager Jason Licht can be seen in the background observing.

At Florida State’s Pro Day, Licht was doing much of the same. And in the Twitter video below, you can see him closely watching safety Derwin James.

This kind of stuff happens every year. So that’s not really news.

What is news is the scoop that FSU women’s basketball play-by-play broadcaster Ariya Massoudi got from Tuesday’s Pro Day.

Who the Bucs select at No. 7 obviously depends on the draft grades they have on each player. Drafting James seventh overall would not be a bad pick. But after this past weekend’s Colts-Jets trade, Tampa Bay will have much higher odds at selecting someone ranked a bit higher — like Bradley Chubb or Quenton Nelson.

Granted, we don’t know where the Bucs are going to go. We don’t know what grades they have on players. So if they were paying special attention to James during his Pro Day, are they strongly considering drafting him, seeing if he grades out high enough? Or are they considering trading down a few spots and drafting him a bit later?

We still have a bit over a month left before we find out.