There were times last year when Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano sat through a workout here at the NFL scouting combine and felt as if he was watching a bunch of strangers.

He was only a few weeks into his tenure and, since most of his time on the job had been spent building a staff of assistants, had devoted very little time to scouting prospects for the 2012 draft.

Schiano came to the combine this year far more familiar with the prospects than a year ago and has the Bucs well ahead of last year's pace in their evaluation process.

"To be looking out there now and knowing a lot of these guys and to have already watched film on them, not doing it after the fact, it makes it a lot more enlightening for me,'' Schiano said. "That's huge.''

It's huge for general manager Mark Dominik, as well. Dominik's need to concentrate on the coaching hire last year took him away from his usual draft-day preparation, as well., though it didn't really show.

The Bucs grabbed three impact starters with their first three picks in 2012 – safety Mark Barron, running back Doug Martin and linebacker Lavonte David – and it might be hard to match that success, even if they are more prepared.