NFL Draft: Bucs Meet With Controversial Names at Combine

By: Justin Pawlowski

Many NFL scouts and GMs will tell you that the NFL scouting combine is good for two things: the medical exams and the one-on-one meetings.

Each NFL team is allowed to interview and meet with 60 prospects at the scouting combine over 6 days.

It appears the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are using the combine meetings to find out more information on some of the more controversial players in the draft.

According to Peter King of, the Buccaneers have met with USC QB Matt Barkley.  Barkley is still recovering from a shoulder injury, so he did not workout at the combine.  He plans to show off his arm strength and take part in all drills at USC’s pro day on March 27.

The Buccaneers might be eyeing Barkley if he falls to round 2.

Greg Schiano told NFL AM this morning on the NFL Network that he has spoken with both former Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o and former LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu, both of which are surrounded by controversy.

“At the end of the day, you’re drafting the whole player,” Schiano said of Te’o. “You gotta look at all the things.”

Tyrann Mathieu has had numerous run-ins with marijuana that eventually got him kicked off of LSU’s football team.  One would think that this scenario would scare off a team like the Bucs who just recently dealt with their own issues on the team with Tanard Jackson and Aqib Talib.

“He’s got film and he’s got very impressive film, so I don’t think that’s the issue,” Schiano said of Mathieu missing the 2012 season. “It’s all on a scale of what you’re willing to risk and where to take him.”

One thing is certain, with these three names,the Buccaneers are using their time in meetings at the combine to get to the bottom of some controversies.

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