Bucs need bulk; Chiefs have CB options
Mel takes a look at the needs of the Bucs and Chiefs and revisits last year's big draft-day deal in his latest mailbag.
Q: What will the focus of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers be in the upcoming draft? Can they draft wide receivers to replace Keyshawn Johnson and the often-injured Joe Jurevicius?
J.C., Los Angeles
KIPER: Wide receiver is definitely an option and one the Bucs might look at down the line, but OT looks to be their top need right now. Shawn Andrews of Arkansas will likely be available at No. 15 and would give Tampa Bay a dynamic run blocker up front. He stands 6-foot-5 and should he enter the draft at an acceptable weight -- probably somewhere around 350 -- his outstanding collegiate credentials and good athletic ability for his size would make him a perfect fit with the Bucs.
Tampa can wait until a little later to get a wide receiver. There will be big WRs like Johnnie Morant of Syracuse, Malcom Floyd of Wyoming and Ernest Wilford of Virginia Tech in the mix anywhere from the second to fifth rounds.
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