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Who’s In At LDE? We Have Our Answer
Posted Mar 25, 2009 by Roy Cummings
Updated Mar 25, 2009 at 07:45 AM
By ROY CUMMINGS
TAMPA – We have an answer to the question we posed earlier in the week about the left defensive end position.
With Kevin Carter still floating around in free agency the Bucs are currently working Stylez G. White and Jimmy Wilkerson at that spot.
The competition will eventually expand to include at least three players, but it’s not certain Carter will be one of them.
The Bucs haven’t given up on the idea of keeping Carter, but his future may rest with what’s available to the Bucs in the draft.
Yes, it appears a defensive end is something the Bucs will look closely at adding during draft weekend.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the role of the defensive left end is often far different than the role of a defensive right end.
In most defensive schemes the left end is primarily a run stopper, which means the Bucs won’t have to spend their first-round pick on this spot.
They still could, though. As we pointed out before, White struggled to make the transition to left end last year and Wilkerson seems best suited for the right side, too.
The Bucs can always bring Carter back, though, so they may be looking more at someone like Kyle Moore of USC, Pannel Egboh of Stanford or Jeremy Navarre of Maryland, all of whom could be had in the fifth or sixth round.