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Don't read too much into Dante Fowler Jr.'s visit with Buccaneers

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting University of Florida defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. on Friday, but don’t read too much into that.

Although he is the most high-profile player, he’s one of several dozen draft prospects visiting One Buccaneer Place as the Bucs hold their allotted visits for players with local ties. Fowler is from nearby Pinellas County.

But the news of Fowler’s presence has set of speculation that the Bucs could be making a sudden change in their expected plans for the No. 1 overall pick. It has been thought all along that the Bucs will go with a quarterback -- either Florida State’s Jameis Winston or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

Fowler widely is considered a top-10 pick, and the Bucs do have a need for a pass-rusher. But they have a bigger need for a quarterback and that’s why I say not to read too much into Fowler’s visit.

It’s more or less a formality for the Bucs. They’re being very thorough in their process and they’re doing due diligence on all possibilities. Although it’s unlikely, they could have a change of heart about taking a quarterback.

They also could view Fowler as a possibility if they receive an overwhelming offer to trade the No. 1 pick.