The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back situation – even though head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht say they’re relatively pleased with the talent they have – will surely be adding another piece to the depth chart come draft time.

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.

https://twitter.com/NFLDraftInsider/status/838217454769799169

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.

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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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Honey Bear
4 years ago

If the Bucs target Mack, how do we do it? Will we need to use our 2nd round pick? Does he drop to us in the 3rd? Do we need to trade up?

cgmaster27
Reply to  Honey Bear
4 years ago

I was hoping we could get this guy in the third, but you know how some guys are just fast risers come draft time.

BTownBucFan
Reply to  Honey Bear
4 years ago

I was also hoping for the 3rd round as well. I’d pass if we have to use our 2nd. Maybe Darnell Pumphrey in the 4th or wait and see how far Mixon slips.

cgmaster27
Reply to  BTownBucFan
4 years ago

The way things are suddenly rolling now, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mixon doesn’t make it out of the second round. Despite what he did , he is talented and the NFL has shown us one thing, talent always trumps everything else.

cgmaster27
4 years ago

The more and more i read and see about Mack, I really do think the Bucs are looking to get this guy. Not sure how the Bucs feel about cook, but if he’s not there, I could get down with this pick in the second. But the more and more Mocks I see, the more that have Cook falling to us. Wait for him Bucs, do not trade up for him, if you miss Cook so be it, we can get another RB. Maybe take a strong pass catching TE in the 1st. But you’ll have to get some sort… Read more »

SaskBucs
4 years ago

I have no doubt the Bucs are high on this kid but I don’t think I will be happy with using a 2nd on him. If he is there in the 3rd, alright but S/CB should be addressed first depending who the 1st rounder is. I only add CB because there seems to be a lot of talent at that position and a strong likelihood that a CB is BPA in the 2nd when the Bucs are on the clock.

SaskBucs
4 years ago

I meant to add my reasoning for not being high on taking a RB early… there are too many decent runners out there whether FA or on the team already. Martin, Sims, Rodgers, Barber can hopefully do a good job for us and if it doesn’t look that way in camp or nearing camp then look at who is still on the market…Blount, Peterson, Charles. I would rather add to the Oline in the draft and if it is decided our RBs suck then use some of that cap on a one year deal for one of the backs listed… Read more »

Buc 1976
4 years ago

I have seen this kid play MANY TIMES!
Some against very good teams believe me he is FAST and can catch the ball very well. If the Bucs really want him then Rd 2 because I don’t think he will be there when we pick in RD 3. Go Bucs

nitey
4 years ago

I agree with Buc 1976, if the Bucs want Mack, they will have to do it in round #2, assuming he lasts that long. I wouldn’t trade up higher in the round to get him, but I doubt he’ll still be on the board when we pick on round #3. My feeling is that the Bucs are targeting Williams, Ross, Davis or Njoku in round #1 and will look to add Mack in round #2. Then focus on a WR or TE, which ever they missed on in round #3 (with safety or corner as the backup positions if they… Read more »

e
e
4 years ago

I wonder if the Bucs are losing some of their pre-draft cover by some of this info, Trevor? I guess it’s all fair game, but it’s not unlike the press asking… What is your military strategy on A, B, C? “Well, we’re going to come in on this date, this way…” Do potential suitors know that the Bucs have met with Mack several times without this report?

scubog
Reply to  e
4 years ago

Funny!. We who “want to know” aren’t in the “need to know” group. Visiting Mack might just be because USF is close.

surferdudes
4 years ago

How could the Bucs not have been scouting this kid for some time, he plays at Ray Jay for cryin out loud! Wouldn’t even have to pay for a trip, or hotel room for their scout. My opinion, so don’t come down on me for saying this,the Bucs are for sure drafting a running back, maybe two. I’d be shocked if they pass on Cook if he’s there at #19. Even if he is, and they do, don’t be surprised if they snatch up Mack if he’s there with their third pick, or Hunt in the fourth. They used six… Read more »

Horse
4 years ago

Please do not reach Bucs!!!!

Naplesfan
4 years ago

Well, of course nobody including any of us can predict where any particular player is going to be drafted, especially on Days 2 and 3 … it’s hard enough projecting the first round, except at the very top. But Mack would be a good Day 2 pick in the opinion of many … and where and how exactly we get him of course depends upon how other teams value him, and of course, Jason Licht has shown the ability to move around in the draft, as he did last year dropping down a couple picks to get his first rounder,… Read more »

toofamiliar17
4 years ago

Ugh. Dangit. Please don’t do this.

Naplesfan
Reply to  toofamiliar17
4 years ago

If the Bucs get Mack at a reasonable pick, why not? I think second round may be a stretch for him, considering how many quality running backs are available. I definitely like him in the third round .. or possibly an enhanced third round.

Mack isn’t terrible – why so negative?

VTBucs
4 years ago

I still think if Cook falls to #19 the BUCs take him. Mack is option B.

cgmaster27
Reply to  VTBucs
4 years ago

Agreed, you don’t pass on cook at that point. The guy is just too good, and RB is , in my opinion, our biggest need right now.

drdneast
4 years ago

MAck certainly scarez me when he gets the ball.
Mainly because of the loose manner in whuch he carries the balls.
If he doesn’t correct that flaw DB’s in the NFL will start drooling when he gets the ball.