TAMPA, Fla. — You may be wondering why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumped just two spots to take Kansas State QB Josh Freeman with the 17th overall pick, and the answer is, they would only do that if they were afraid someone was going to take their guy.
A source told me that the Minnesota Vikings were highly interested in Freeman. Two members of the Vikings staff coached Freeman at Kansas State. It’s possible the Bucs were worried about the Vikings leapfrogging them and taking Freeman. It is worth mentioning that Bucs coach Raheem Morris was Kansas State’s defensive coordinator in 2006 and likens Freeman’s size and athleticism to that of Ben Roethlisberger.
With Freeman off the board, look for the Vikings to now possibly go with WR Percy Harvin out of Florida with the 22nd pick.
UPDATE: The Vikings select Harvin.
— Scott Hanson