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Change Has Come To Bucs College Scouting Staff

Posted Mar 29, 2010 by Roy Cummings

Updated Mar 29, 2010 at 03:15 PM

  By ROY CUMMINGS
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TAMPA – One of the concerns Bucs fans have with the team’s plan to build through the draft is a belief that little has changed in the Bucs college scouting department in recent years.

Many seem to be under the impression that the same people responsible for drafting the likes of Chris Colmer, Alan Zemaitis and Dexter Jackson are also responsible for this year’s draft.

That’s not really the case. For starters, the two men who made the final calls in those drafts – Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden – are gone. So, too, are a lot of the scouts whose data they used in making their selections.

In fact, of the seven men who made up the Bucs scouting staff in 2004 only three remain. The Bucs college scouting staff is also bigger than it was when Michael Clayton was drafted, having grown from seven members to 10.

And of the 10 college scouts who have spent the past year preparing reports for the Bucs for this year’s draft, three are just now finishing up their first year with the team.

The only members of the staff still around from the 2004 draft are regional scouts Frank Dorazio and Seth Turner and scouting director Dennis Hickey, but their approach to the job has since been altered dramatically.

According to Bucs general manager Mark Dominik, the Bucs have changed almost everything about the way they scout players, prepare reports and select players on draft day.

“We’ve change our scouting reports, the way we have our coaches evaluate players and the way we talk about players at draft meetings,’’ Dominik said during last week’s owners meetings in Orlando.

“We’ve looked at different ways of assessing a player’s value within a round and how to really stack the board so that you’re really getting the best value in that round with the player you pick.

“There’s a lot of those little things that we do that I think are really important in terms of success.’’

One of those changes involves the coaches, who began watching tape of college players immediately after they completed the task of evaluating their own players in January.

“We’ve had our coaches start watching college tape sooner than at any other time in the history of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, because we wanted them to see as much tape as possible,’’ Dominik said.

“We wanted them to go 2007 and 2008 and look at that tape, too so they can get as many views as possible.’’