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Senior Bowl week is a fascinating time. It’s when the entire football world descends upon this small little Alabama town called Mobile and it’s where some of the biggest stars of football’s tomorrow go to make their name on a national stage.

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mobile, Alabama holds a lot of significance. It was last year that they saw the player that would be their first round pick in O.J. Howard. The year before that they watched their future pass rusher in Noah Spence. In years before that they watched players like Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith and Doug Martin. All that to say the Buccaneers certainly pay attention to what goes on at the Senior Bowl – so you can make sure that we do, too.

The week starts off with official weigh-ins. College teams don’t always tell the truth (or maybe you could call it stretching the truth) when reporting how big or how tall one of their players might be. Official weigh-ins are useful because, for many teams, this shows which players may or may not reach thresholds of certain positions, say a cornerback not being tall enough or an offensive linemen being too skinny. Things like that.

All of that happened on Tuesday morning, and these were our takeaways from those results.

Weigh-in Winners

Nathan Shepherd | DT | Fort Hays State

HT: 6-foot-3 | WT: 330 lbs. | Arms: 33″ | hands: 10″

As you would expect from a prospect that comes from a school called Fort hays State, not many in attendance knew much about defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd. It’s tough to carry 330 pounds well, but Shepherd does. He looked like a beast during weigh-ins and, as you’ll read later, that translated to the field.

Chad Thomas | DE | Miami

HT: 6-foot-5 | WT: 277 lbs. | Arms: 34″ | Hands 10/38″

Chad Thomas was a player who was at last week’s East-West Shrine event and played well enough to get a call up to the Senior Bowl once a few defensive linemen dropped out. Thomas had great all-around measurables for a 4-3 defensive end.

Ito Smith | RB | Southern Missouri

HT: 5-foot-9 | WT: 201 lbs. | Arms: 28 7/8″ | Hands: 9 3/8″

It might be odd reading a weigh-in winner with such short measurables, but the important thing for Smith is that he came in over 200 pounds. That was very impressive. If he can still be just as explosive at that weight, that’s encouraging.

Brandon Parker | OT | N.C. A&T

HT: 6-foot-7 | WT: 303 lbs. | Arms: 35 3/8″ | Hands: 9 5/8″ 

It’s one thing to be listed at 6-foot-7 on a team site; there are many prospects who are. But, it’s another thing to show up and officially be 6-foot-7 like Brandon Parker is. He’s a hulking offensive tackle who can prove a lot in Mobile by moving well with that big body.

Dallas Goedert | TE | South Dakota State

HT: 6-foot-4 | WT: 260 lbs. | Arms: 33 7/8″ | Hands: 10 1/8″

We talk about “checking all the boxes” when we talk about prospects. Well, Goedert checked all the measurable boxes for a tight end at the weigh-ins. Big frame, big body, long wingspan, big hands.

Click to the next page to get a practice recap for each side on Tuesday.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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Pit of misery
4 years ago

There’s a lot of talent in this draft. We need to nail it and free agency

4 years ago

Trevor what about the big fella from Stanford Harrison Phillips? We need a young DE and DT in this draft And I would love to see this kid in the second round of he was available.

Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
4 years ago

Appreciate it and thanks for your hard work and feedback.

4 years ago

And the Davenport to the Bucs at No.7 train just went off the tails.

4 years ago


4 years ago

Bad draft for D ends unless you can turn in the Chubb card. Not saying you can’t get some help there, just don’t make the mistake of reaching with the 7th pick. The Bucs best bet might be switching to a 3-4 defense. Just not sure Smith would be willing, or able to pull that off.

Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

Agree surferdudes, with the slim picking at edge rusher using a 3-4 more might be part of the solution. More blitzes, pick a tackle like Vea, and don’t freak out if we can’t draft an all world DE. LB is one of our strong suits and if Spence can come back maybe we will have to wait another year for a new version of Simeon Rice.

4 years ago


What round do you believe Shaquem Griffin falls to in the draft? I would love it if the Bucs picked him up.

Buc 1976
4 years ago

As I keep reading the needs for the Bucs defense are the Bucs a 4-3 or 3-4? Maybe they need to pick one or the other. I just have to wonder if Mike Smith is over thinking this .