The NFL Scouting Combine kicked off officially on Friday when players took the field for their workouts in front of all 32 NFL teams along with showcasing their abilities across the United States live on NFL Network. On Sunday and Monday it is the defense’s time to shine. PewterReport.com takes a look at some of the players for Bucs fans to keep their eyes on.

FIVE DEFENSIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
NORFOLK STATE DE/OLB LYNDEN TRAIL
Trail was one of the standout players at the Reese’s Senior Bowl because of his strong practice performances and his stature. At 6-foot-6, 262 pounds, Trail has prototypical size for a 4-3 defensive end. The former Florida Gator transfer has tremendous athleticism to go along with his big frame. Trail should test extremely well in the position and agility drills, but he may make the most noise in the 40-yard dash, as he’s expected to run in the mid 4.6 range. Trail is an intriguing prospect that the Buccaneers could consider in the third or fourth round of the draft, but he could also be a big riser with a good combine that could vault him into the second round.

MIAMI (OH) CB QUINTEN ROLLINS
Rollins is a four-year basketball player with incredible athletic traits to go along with top-notch ball skills. The Miami product has tremendous short-area quickness and should be one of the top athletic testers among the cornerbacks at the Combine. Scouts have their works cut out for them, as 2014 was his first year playing football. The senior was incredibly productive during his first and only season of football, totaling 16 pass breakups in just 12 games along with 7 interceptions and four tackles for loss.

FLORIDA STATE CB RONALD DARBY
Darby is one of the most athletic cornerbacks in the 2015 draft class and he has a big chance to move up draft boards if he performs well at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Florida State product is a former high school track athlete with tremendous speed, so he should test extremely well in the 40-yard dash. Darby also has fluid hips that allow him to turn and run with ease, which will be tested during the cornerback position drills. Darby is in the mix as a potential third or fourth-round pick at the moment, and he could be an intriguing option for the Buccaneers if he were to fall to the third day of the draft.

UCLA LB ERIC KENDRICKS
UCLA’s Eric Kendricks, one of the most productive linebackers in college football, has the athleticism and fluidity to excel at the Scouting Combine this week. Like his brother, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, Erick Kendricks is an instinctive linebacker that is has a nose for the football. The big question for Kendricks will be his size, as he is listed 6-foot, 230 pounds. If he weighs in less than his listed weight, it could be an issue for teams, like the Buccaneers, who are in the market for an inside linebacker. It’s an important week for the potential first round-pick.

TCU LB PAUL DAWSON
TCU’s Paul Dawson is as instinctive of a linebacker as you will find and has some Lavonte David-like qualities. His movements skills during position drills should impress onlookers at Lucas Oil Stadium. But Dawson’s most important activity this weekend will be his interviews with teams regarding his commitment to football and character. The TCU product may have Pro Bowl potential, but right now Dawson looks like a day two draft selection because of those issues. The Buccaneers are in the market for a starting linebacker and they could be interested in the former Horned Frog.

VIRGINIA DE/OLB ELI HAROLD
Harold, along with Virginia teammate Max Valles, formed an impressive pass-rushing duo for a talented Cavaliers defense in 2014. Both are prospects that should test extremely well at the Combine, because of their excellent athleticism. The question that team’s will have about Harold and Valles is whether they can play with their hand in the dirt and their ability to drop into coverage. Harold is expected to test extremely well when he takes the field for his workout.

 

 

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macabee
macabee
6 years ago

From WalterFootball Tampa Bay Buccaneers scheduled on-site visits. Each team gets 30 visits. This is just the beginning.
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Connor Halliday, QB, Washington State (COM)
Khari Lee, TE, Bowie State (EW)
Greg Mancz, C, Toledo (EW)
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (COM)
Denzel Perryman, OLB/ILB, Miami (Fla.) (SR)
Danny Shelton, DT/NT, Washington (SR)
Blake Sims, QB, Alabama (COM)
Tony Washington, OLB, Oregon (EW)
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State (COM)

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

Connor Halliday is aweful, ugh

buclover1988
buclover1988
Reply to  jongruden
6 years ago

Yea, I’m sure their not really considering him though unless it’s as a unrestricted rookie fa which imo are what majority of these interviews are other than of course when players like mariota, Winston, and others are getting drafted.

buclover1988
buclover1988
Reply to  buclover1988
6 years ago

That Are obviously getting drafted higher* sorry, my phone posted my comment before I could finish.

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

Buclover- My android does that all the time its so frustrating

macabee
macabee
6 years ago

I went through all 32 teams and currently here are the scheduled visits re Mariota v. Winston.
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Mariota
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Jets
Bucs
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Winston
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Bucs
Jets
Browns
Texans
Saints
Rams
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Observation: No Titans or Eagles for either. Too early to imply, however, you may infer what this means if you wish!

e
e
6 years ago

I hope they take a good look at Denzel Perryman as a second round pick… e

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

After we take a qb we need a OT in the worst way unless you want O’neil Cousins there again

jongruden
jongruden
6 years ago

I really like Eric Kendricks he is small but fast and has superior coverage skills, he ois a tackling machine and would be a great player to have next to Lavonte David

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

So faR THEIR ARE A LOT OF TALENT THERE. I’D HOPE THAT TAMPA GOES AFTER GREAT AT HOME PLAYERS EXCEPT FOR WINSTON DRAFT HIM GO BUCS

georgehicks
georgehicks
6 years ago

WELL FIRST OF ALL I WOULD TAKE ANY OF THE TOP DE/LB LEFT IN RD-2. BUT IF TAMPA WAS ABLE TO SWING A DEAL WITH DRAFT PICKS FOR QB GLENN AND RB MARTIN. THEN TAMPA COULD SELECT A DE/OLB WITH TAMPA PICKS THEN AND OFFENSIVE LINE MEN INIF THEY GOT A RD-2 AND A 3RD DRAFT PICK. THEN TAMPA COULD MOVE UP FOR ANOTHER GEM FROM TRYOUTS IN INDY GO BUCS.REMEMBER BUC FANS THEY HAVE 8 SELECTIONS NOW. GO BUCS