BUCS’ POTENTIAL ROUND 2 TARGETS OT T.J. Clemmings – Pittsburgh – Senior – 6-5, 309 – 5.14
Clemmings really struggled at the Senior Bowl at times and had many scouts are trying to figure exactly where he fits in at the NFL level. No one questions Clemmings’ physical tools, as his large upper body and thin waist is thought to be the future body type for NFL left tackles, but his lack of experience makes some wonder how long before he will be ready to take on the upper-echelon NFL pass rushers. Clemmings spent his first two seasons at Pitt playing defensive end, recording 20 tackles in eight games in 2012 alongside future first round and current Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald before making the switch to the offensive side of the ball full time in 2013. The Bucs have had him in for a workout and he could be a steal at No. 34 for Tampa Bay.
MLB Eric Kendricks – UCLA – Senior – 6-0, 232 – 4.61
UCLA’s stud linebacker capped off his outstanding collegiate career by earning the Butkus Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy in 2014, leading the country with 101 solo tackles to go with 149 total stops. He also recorded three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. With his speed, instincts and coverage ability, Kendricks has the ideal skill set and style of play to fit the Tampa 2 system. Being that not many teams’ first need is linebacker, combined with Kendricks smaller stature and misplacement in a 3-4 system, it’s conceivable that he’ll slip to the second round. If the versatile backer gets close to the 34th pick, Lovie Smith – a former linebackers coach – could make a move to pair the young stud with Lavonte David and create a Lance Briggs-Urlacher-type tandem in Tampa. Bruce Carter would then move to strongside linebacker in base defense, but still play middle linebacker next to David in nickel defense while Kendricks grows into the role of a three-down linebacker.
OT Donovan Smith – Penn State – Junior – 6-6, 338 – 5.27
Smith is projected as a second- or third-round selection, which, depending on his development, could be a steal. The former Penn State standout is a space eater who has all the physical tools to succeed at the next level according to scouts, including great lateral feet movement and awareness to pick up blitzing defensive players. Smith plays with good bend for a 6-foot-6 tackle, and will latch on to defenders not allowing them an opportunity to counter with pass rush moves. Smith will need to improve the technical nuances of the position and can get lazy with his technique at times. He could be a target in the second or third round for Tampa Bay.
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa – UCLA – Senior – 6-3, 267 – 4.62
Odighizuwa is a relentless pass-rusher with excellent size, strength and athleticism. What he lacks in technique he makes up with motor and competitiveness. The UCLA product is an excellent run defender who is strong at the point of attack. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound lineman recorded 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, which earned him an invitation to the Senior Bowl, where he impressed throughout the week. Odighizuwa’s lack of pass-rushing polish will likely push him out of the first round, but he should get some consideration near the top of round two.
G A. J. Cann – South Carolina – Senior – 6-3, 313 – 5.18
For an NFL team looking for a power-blocking scheme suited guard, look no further than South Carolina’s Cann who started 51 games in the NCAA’s toughest conference. His experience alone will intrigue teams, but their excitement will only grow when the film is turned on, and teams see his sheer power. Cann threw up 26 reps of 225 at the NFL Combine then improved at his pro day, notching 30 reps, showing excellent strength. Cann isn’t a fleet-of-foot type guard and would probably not excel in a zone-blocking scheme, but still has plenty of room to improve according to scouts. His football awareness is off the charts and he was a leader in college earning captain’s honors as a junior. Cann projects as a second-round selection.
MLB Denzel Perryman – Miami – Senior – 5-11, 236 – 4.78
Perryman was a Butkus Award finalist in 2014, as he led the Canes 110 tackles on his way to first-team All ACC. The stocky linebacker plays low with good leverage, and can deliver a punishing blow while shedding blocks and making stops. He’s been praised by scouts for his toughness and for his love for the game, but there’s concern that he has a low ceiling. Perryman also performed well in coverage last season, but he showed up to the Senior Bowl in January slightly overweight, which could hinder that ability at the next level. Nevertheless, he could prove to be a player who can step in and contribute right away in a 4-3 scheme. Perryman’s projected as a second- or third-round pick.
DE Nate Orchard – Utah – Senior – 6-3, 250 – 4.80
The Buccaneers have a need for speed at the defensive end position and could use a productive edge-rusher like Orchard to help put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Orchard’s 18.5 sacks was the most of any player in college football in 2014 and his excellent play earned him the Ted Hendrick’s Award, which is given to the nation’s best defensive end. Adding Orchard to a defensive line that already has McCoy, McDonald, Melton, Smith and Johnson would give Tampa Bay a solid group of defensive linemen heading into the 2015 season. The Buccaneers’ current second round pick may be too high to select Orchard, but if the team trades down in the second round or stays put in the third, the Utah pass-rusher could be name that the Buccaneers turn in to the commissioner.
BUCS’ POTENTIAL ROUND 3 TARGETS DE Randy Gregory– Nebraska – Junior – 6-5, 235 – 4.64
Gregory would probably fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but in the Buccaneers base defensive scheme he’d play as a defensive end. The Nebraska product is a tall, explosive pass-rusher with long arms and excellent athletic traits. He displays lightning-fast hands and has the flexible hips to bend around the arc. He’s a high upside player that can be a standout player with the right coaching. Gregory made some headlines because of the fact that he failed his drug test at the Scouting Combine in February, testing positive for marijuana as well as some other off-field issues. His stock is slipping and the Bucs might be tempted to take a chance on this top-5 talent in the second or third round.
OT/G La’el Collins – LSU – Senior – 6-4, 305 – 5.12
Collins, like Flowers, is a physical specimen and looks the part on the outside. Turning on the game film it is easy to see why a number of teams are hoping he is there when their opportunity to turn in their draft card is called. Besides being a thick-bodied player, Collins’ feet follow his massive frame wherever it goes quite well. Collins is very aggressive and while that is a trait desired by NFL teams, it can also lead to some technique mistakes at times as the former LSU star can be a “lunger” at times. Collins spent time at guard while participating at the Senior Bowl earlier this year, and some scouts feel he will be a good tackle but maybe an outstanding guard in the NFL if that is where his path takes him. He’s a first-rounder.
G Tre’ Jackson – Florida State – Senior – 6-4, 330 – 5.52
Jackson was impressive week in Mobile, Ala. and earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Senior Bowl after an excellent week of practice and game. The former FSU standout was steady if not spectacular for the Seminoles during his time in Tallahassee, improving each year. Jackson had one of his best games of his 2014 season in a come-from-behind win against the Fighting Irish, grading out at over 91 percent and delivering four pancake blocks. In Mobile, Jackson was able to improve his stock dramatically, showing good strength and quickness off the ball. Jackson told PewterReport.com that he can get sloppy with his hands at times, but was working to improve it for scouts. Jackson also told PewterReport.com that he would love to play for the Buccaneers and potentially protect Jameis Winston at the next level.
OT Ty Sambrailo – Colorado State – Senior – 6-6, 311 – 5.36
Sambrailo is an excellent athlete with a high football IQ and great situational football awareness. A former youth freestyle ski champion, Sambrailo has excellent flexibility and lateral movement, but will need to increase his raw strength to be successful at the next level. Relying on his technical skills too much at times, Sambrailo was manhandled in some games by strong bull rushers due to his lack of power. Sambrailo was a senior captain and four-year starter, mostly at left tackle, but also earned snaps at right tackle and both guard spots, showing off versatility that makes him even more attractive at the next level.
WR Tyler Lockett – Kansas State – Senior – 5-10, 182 – 4.40
Lockett is a speedy and technically sound receiver that has a knack for making big plays. As a junior in 2013, the former Wildcat racked up 81 catches for 1,262 yards and 11 scores, and followed that up with a performance of 106 catches for 1,515 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. Lockett is a fantastic route-runner and has top-notch quickness, which makes him very difficult to cover one-on-one. Lockett’s slender frame is somewhat of a concern for durability reasons, which will likely limit his draft stock the third round.
RB Mike Davis – South Carolina – Junior – 5-9, 217 – 4.38
Davis, while not the biggest running back in the draft, runs much larger than his 5-foot-9 frame suggests. The former Gamecocks star was banged up with nagging injuries last season, but yet still managed to notch 982 yards and nine touchdowns in Columbia. Davis had some ball security issues, but impresses scouts with his ability to accelerate through holes while reading defenses well. Equipped with excellent field vision, and not afraid of contact, Davis is projected to go in the third round of the draft. The Bucs attended his pro day and privately worked him out.
OT Rob Havenstein – Wisconsin – Senior – 6-7, 321 – 5.46
At 6-foot-7, Havenstein has great length to protect the edge, however, there are concerns that he lacks the elite speed to compete with pass rushers at the next level. While his size is more fit for tackle, his skill set is likely more fit for guard, as he excels more in getting to the second level than he does with footwork and flexibility. He’s a picture of dependability, playing a Wisconsin record 54 games, including 41 consecutive starts at right tackle. Havenstein will likely be a third-round pick.
SS James Sample – Louisville – Junior – 6-2, 209 – 4.56
Sample only played one year at Louisville, but showed that he was a potent stopper against the pass and the run. He notched 88 tackles for the stout Cardinals defense, including a team-high 74, and also picked off four passes. He could have had more, and must work on his hands. Sample is an instinctive, hard-hitting player, but needs to work on tackling his opponents lower. If the Bucs draft a safety in the third round, Sample would be a good fit in the Tampa 2.
FS Adrian Amos – Penn State – Senior – 6-0, 218 – 4.39
Amos is a former cornerback who hit the weight room hard and developed into a safety. The physical defensive back is known as “The Hulk” at Penn State and was quite a playmaker with 149 stops, 22 passes defensed, seven interceptions and three sacks. His stock is on the rise after running a blistering 4.39 at his pro day and he could be the Buccaneers’ third- or fourth-round pick if they decide to draft a safety that high.
DE Lorenzo Mauldin – Louisville – Senior – 6-4, 259 – 4.85
Mauldin is another player who is listed as a linebacker, but he’ll likely translate into a 3-4 outside edge rusher at the next level. The Louisville product was selected first-team All ACC in 2014, and received a Senior Bowl nod in January. At 6-foot-4, he uses his size to his advantage, constantly getting his arms in the way of throwing lanes and throwing left tackles aside while getting to the edge. Some scouts say he plays too upright, however, and is stiff at times. He’s also a bit skinny for someone who expects to be used as a pass rusher. Mauldin is likely a Round 3 selection.
DT Grady Jarrett – Clemson – Senior – 6-1, 304 – 5.08
Jarrett could bring durability and penetration to the Buccaneers’ defensive line in 2015. The Clemson product has been known to play to the whistle on every play, with the ability to occupy multiple blockers and use his leverage to get past taller centers and guards. Although Jarrett lacks the traditional DT size, he has proven to be great at timing snaps and getting into lineman first. Although it seems unlikely that the Bucs would spend a third-round pick on him, Jarrett could serve as a great disruptor on the Buccaneers line, making it easier for McCoy and company to get through to the quarterback.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
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