The 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl begins on Tuesday in Mobile, Ala. and PewterReport.com will provide live coverage from Tuesday through Thursday, sponsored by Gerber Collision & Glass.
PewterReport.com has already previewed 10 Senior Bowl participants that could help Tampa Bay’s defense. Now it’s time to preview 10 Senior Bowl offensive players that could help the Buccaneers on that side of the ball. Florida State tackle-center Cameron Erving, wide receiver Rashad Greene and guard Josue Matias were supposed to be on this list, but withdrew from the Senior Bowl.
Arizona State LG Jamil Douglas – 6-4, 301
Douglas is an incredibly strong, heavy-handed offensive lineman with plenty of starting experience. The Cypress, Calif. native started two years at left guard and was an All-Pac 12 guard, faring well against the likes of USC Leonard Williams. He pulls exceptionally well and is vicious at the point of attack in the run game. The athletic Douglas was moved to left tackle for his senior season, but he will play guard in the Senior Bowl and that’s where he will play in the NFL.
How Douglas Fits In Tampa Bay: The Bucs need more athletic and physical guard play and Douglas would be a tremendous fit in the middle rounds. He is a tenacious, nasty blocker and Tampa Bay could use more aggressive players along the offensive line, especially in the run game.
Kansas State WR-PR-KR Tyler Lockett – 5-11, 175
Lockett earned All-Big 12 honors all four years at Kansas State where he became the school’s all-time leader in receptions (249), receiving yards (3,710) and receiving touchdowns (29). Lockett, a two-time All-American, had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, while leading the nation in punt returns with a 19-yard average and two touchdowns. Lockett is one of the best return specialists and also has two kick returns for TDs in his Wildcats career. Lockett has drawn comparisons to Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown.
How Lockett Fits In Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers need some speed and elusiveness at the wide receiver position, as well as in the return game. Lockett’s supreme route running creates separation and he could fit in Dirk Koetter’s offense as a slot receiver like the one he had in Harry Douglas in Atlanta.
Pittsburgh RT T.J. Clemmings – 6-5, 305
Clemmings is considered to be the best right tackle in the 2015 NFL Draft due to his outstanding technique and his aggressiveness. Clemmings has been a two-year starter at right tackle after moving to the offensive side of the ball from the defensive end position. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound athlete is a chiseled specimen that was a first-team, All-ACC performer. Clemmings helped power the James Connor-led Pittsburgh rushing attack.
How Clemmings Fits In Tampa Bay: If Demar Dotson moves to left tackle in 2015 as expected, the Bucs will need a replacement at right tackle. Clemmings is an experienced technician that could step in and start right away for Tampa Bay and aid in the Bucs’ woeful ground game production.
Nebraska RB Ameer Abdullah – 5-9, 190
Abdullah is a quick, nimble, elusive runner that rushed for three straight 1,000-yard seasons at Nebraska, which was a first for the Cornhuskers’ program. Abdullah rushed for 1,611 yards and 19 touchdowns, and added three more scores as a receiver out of the backfield. He finished with 7,186 all-purpose yards, which ranks second in Big 10 history, and is a strong runner for his size. The elusive Abduallah has drawn comparisons to former NFL running back Tiki Barber.
How Abdullah Fits In Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers could use a running back with the speed and explosiveness to score from anywhere on the field. Abdullah is a three-down back with the ability to carry the load as a runner and catch the ball out of the backfield. Abdullah, who is a second-round prospect, is also an accomplished kick returner, and could bring special teams value to Tampa Bay.
East Carolina WR Justin Hardy – 5-11, 186
Hardy set the NCAA record for career receptions with 387 catches for 4,541 yards and 35 touchdowns. The Pirates’ all-time leading receiver was a former walk-on had 121 catches for 1,494 yards and 10 TDs and had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Hardy is a four-year starter at East Carolina and has some of the most clutch hands in the 2015 NFL Draft. Hardy is a smooth receiver that has good short-area quickness and the ability to play outside receiver and inside in the slot.
How Hardy Fits In Tampa Bay: Hardy is not the fastest receiver in the draft and may not crack 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, but he is elusive and has a huge catch radius with his leaping ability. Hardy has a great vertical leap and is a tremendous red zone threat that could help Tampa Bay’s offense put more points on the scoreboard.
Northern Iowa RB David Johnson – 6-1, 215
Johnson was one of the best running backs at the FCS levels and broke 15 school records during the year after finishing with 1,553 yards and 17 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,000 yards over the past three seasons, and is also an accomplished receiver with 141 catches for 1,734 yards and 14 touchdowns in his UNI career. Johnson had a career-high 203 receiving yards against Iowa last year, and his ability to be a complete back reminds some NFL scouts of Tampa Bay’s Charles Sims.
How Johnson Fits In Tampa Bay: The 6-foot-1, 215-pound chiseled running back has a great blend of size, strength and speed and is a proven workhorse back, rushing for 4,682 yards and 49 touchdowns, while averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Johnson is a big-game performer whose talents could help Tampa Bay’s woeful running game.
Alabama G Arie Kouandijo – 6-5, 315
Kouandijo was a two-year starter at left guard and played next to his brother, Cyrus, who was the Crimson Tide’s left tackle in 2013. Kouandijo wisely stayed in school for his senior year while his brother left for the NFL. That extra year of seasoning helped develop his game for the next level where Kouandijo will be a well-balanced guard capable of pass protecting and drive blocking in the run game.
How Kouandijo Fits In Tampa Bay: Guard is one of the weakest positions on the Buccaneers and the team could definitely use an upgrade, especially at right guard. Having played in the SEC, the athletic Kouandijo is battle-tested and has played in big games, including the BCS National Championship Game in 2012.
Baylor QB Bryce Petty – 6-2, 230
Petty is the latest productive quarterback at Baylor, setting a school record for throwing a touchdown in 25 straight games. He finished his senior season with a school-record 550 yards versus Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl and left the Bears program with 17 records, including the best TD-to-INT ratio (6.2) and interception percentage (0.0118) and finished second in school history with 62 passing touchdowns and 21 rushing scores.
How Petty Fits In Tampa Bay: If the Buccaneers pass on taking a quarterback in the first round, Petty could be a mid-round option if he performs well at the Senior Bowl. Some believe Petty is a system passer that found success in Baylor’s QB-friendly offense, but a great week in Mobile, Ala. could prove that notion wrong to the Bucs and other NFL teams.
Miami TE Clive Walford – 6-4, 263
Walford is a great receiving tight end and had 44 receptions for 676 yards and seven touchdowns, and had 34 catches for 454 yards and two scores as a sophomore. Walford has good speed, evidenced by a 61-yard touchdown catch against Florida State in 2014. He is developing as an in-line blocker, but has the size to get some movement in the running game.
How Walford Fits In Tampa Bay: The Bucs likely won’t pick another tight end in the middle rounds after using a second-rounder on Austin Seferian-Jenkins last year. But Walford is a well-rounded prospect and has the skill set to be another weapon in Tampa Bay’s offense if the team wants an upgrade over Brandon Myers.
Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein – 6-8, 330
Havenstein, a massive right tackle, was a first-team All-American and tied the school record with 54 career games played. He started 42 games in his Badgers career, including 41 at right tackle. Havenstein is a pile-mover in the running game and helped Melvin Gordon and the Wisconsin offense set a school record for total offense per game (480.8 yards) and the best single-season rushing performance in 2014 when Wisconsin averaged 320.1 yards per game.
How Havenstein Fits In Tampa Bay: With enormous size and a huge wingspan, Havenstein is a solid run blocker, although he has to maintain proper knee bend and pad level to be effective. The Bucs need physical run blockers with the size and physicality to move and own the line of scrimmage. Havenstein could be worth a late-round pick with a good week in Mobile, Ala.
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