Buccaneers aim to fill glaring needs in draft



TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three years into a rebuilding project that’s produced inconsistent results, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers insist they’re headed in the right direction.

Despite going 3-13, 10-6 and 4-12 the past three seasons under former coach Raheem Morris, the Bucs feel replacement Greg Schiano inherited a solid young team that’s already improved through free agency and has a chance to get even better with the fifth pick in this week’s NFL draft.

Alabama’s Trent Richardson fits the description of the every-down running back that could make a difference, and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne has skills that could impact a defense that ranked among the league’s worst a year ago.

Just don’t expect Schiano or general manager Mark Dominik to say much about either prospect or how they might fit into Tampa Bay’s plans.