Who’s to say when “draft season” officially begins. Some say it’s when your team officially gets eliminated from playoff contention. Others say it’s after the new year begins. Some would say it’s not until a Super Bowl Champion is crowned. But, there are also those who believe that it really always is draft season while college football games are being played; these are the people who are constantly looking towards the future and what might be in the stars for their team, whether they win it all during the current year or not.

Wherever you fall on that draft season calendar, when East-West Shrine Week rolls around, that’s at least an alarm clock to wake you up for the coming months of draft prep.

For fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the East-West Shrine Game is special because it’s held right in their backyard in St. Petersburg, Fla. Each team, East and West, will practice at a local high school in the area, and general managers, team scouts and head coaches from around the country all gather in Florida to hopefully find their next diamond in the rough prospect – or at least get a jump on a few of them – as the East-West Shrine Game features mostly Day 3 talent in terms of draft picks.

The Bucs will certainly have their eyes out for such players, and the positions they’re looking for, on the defensive side of the ball, are surely in the pass rush and shutdown cornerback realms.

Knowing their needs, these are PewterReport.com’s Top 10 Bucs targets, on defense, for East-West Shrine Week.

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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 protected]

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  1. A couple of these players are interesting. With that being said I hope that the Bucs get some taller and longer DB’S. Go Bucs from worst to FIRST 2018

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