In a class filled with running back talent, both Koetter and Licht mentioned at the NFL Combine that they believe quality talent at the running back position can be found in almost every round of this upcoming draft. That seems to hint that the team may not be as interested in taking Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey or Leonard Fournette in the first round like other Bucs fans are.
On the flip side, it does seem to boost the possibility of the team selecting a running back in the range of rounds 2-4, and one running back they seem to be keying on more and more is USF ball carrier Marlon Mack.
The Buccaneers have met with Mack multiple times, including at the NFL Combine. Koetter was also present at USF’s Pro Day to once again get a close look at Mack.
This type of re-occurring meetings usually signals the team likes what they’ve seen on film and are now doing their due diligence in getting to know who Mack is as a person, whether that’s as a locker room presence, as a teammate on the field or in his work ethic at practice.
The interest in Mack seem to make him a real possibility as a Day 2 pick. He would bring dynamic, home-run hitting ability to a group that has nice talent, but nothing similar to what Mack would be bringing on with speed and explosiveness.
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: email@example.com
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