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Khalil Mack, Buccaneers reportedly met this week

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The Buccaneers signed defensive end Michael Johnson as a free agent last month, a move that filled the pressing need for a pass rusher they had entering the offseason.

It may not have taken them out of the market for one of the draft’s top pass rushing prospects, however. Bucs defensive end Steven Means went to the University of Buffalo with linebacker Khalil Mack and told JoeBucsFan.com that his former college teammate was in Tampa to visit with the Bucs on Tuesday.

It’s the second up-close look that the Bucs have had at Mack this offseason. Defensive line coach Joe Cullen led Mack through drills at Buffalo’s pro day in March and would presumably coach Mack if he wound up as a defensive end in Tampa.

Given the high regard that NFL teams have for Mack, that seems an unlikely outcome unless the Bucs decide to trade up from the seventh spot in the first round.

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6 Responses to “Khalil Mack, Buccaneers reportedly met this week”
  1. firerogergoodell says: Apr 23, 2014 3:28 PM

    The Buccaneers are really going to annoy the Vikings / Vikings fans in this draft. Every time a perfect player is reported to slip, the Bucs are all over them. Hopefully both Mack AND Bortles slip to them so the Vikings can take whoever is left.

  2. edavidberg says: Apr 23, 2014 3:43 PM

    Mack is going in the top 3.

  3. skoldier612 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:22 PM

    I hope the Bucs draft better than they sign free agents. They always seem to make a bunch of noise during FA with not much to show for it on the field. Guys pump a ton of cash into free agents but will never DRAFT like the Vikings or Carolina.

  4. docboss says: Apr 23, 2014 7:43 PM

    It will take their first and second round picks to wrest him from the Rams. Fisher loves him.

  5. oldfootballisbetter says: Apr 23, 2014 8:53 PM

    can`t say i know how he will preform as a pro but i met him on the UB campus visiting my nephew. he is a very nice young man. didn`t act special at all. really down to earth.

  6. tjbucs says: Apr 28, 2014 4:53 PM

    I say do whatever is necessary to acquire Mack. I think in the long run he will be a much better option than Clowney. Give the Rams this years first and next years first and second.

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