The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be sending their scouts and new coaches, including head coach Bruce Arians, to the East-West Shrine Game this week, which takes place in the team’s backyard at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Bucs have found some talent before at the East-West Shrine Game, most recently tight end Antony Auclair.
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Oklahoma State QB Taylor Cornelius – 6-6, 232
Cornelius was a one-year starter after being Mason Rudolph’s backup for three years at Oklahoma State. Cornelius has NFL size at 6-foot-6, 232 pounds and a strong arm, which should appeal to new Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. He’s a raw talent, who completed 59.4 percent of his passes for the Cowboys last year while throwing for 3,978 yards with 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Cornelius showed off his athleticism by rushing for 406 yards and 10 TDs last year. In his lone year as a starter, he engineered wins over top 15 teams in West Virginia and Texas, and came one point away from beating Oklahoma while passing for 501 yards with three TDs and no interceptions.
Maryland RB Ty Johnson – 5-10, 212
Johnson was a complimentary back last year, rushing for 506 yards and three touchdowns on 66 carries (7.7 avg.), after rushing for 1,004 yards and six TDs on 110 carries (9.1 avg.) as a sophomore, and running for 875 yards and five scores on 137 carries (6.4 avg.) the next year. Johnson has great top-end speed, nice hands and can be a threat as a kick returner, as he had two return touchdowns for the Terrapins.
Pittsburgh RB Darrin Hall – 5-11, 225
Hall has a workmanlike running style with a nice blend of power and speed. He’s like a faster Peyton Barber. Hall has broken off several long runs after breaking tackles in the box, and finished his Panthers career with 2,189 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Hall split time with Quadree Ellison and Jordan Whitehead at Pitt, but finally broke through as a senior with 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns, averaging 7.5 yards per carry. Hall has decent hands and also recorded 38 catches for 267 yards and one touchdown.
Nebraska Devine Ozigbo – 6-0, 235
Ozigbo is a big back that can punish would-be tacklers upon contact. He has good speed and nice acceleration for such a big runner. Ozigbo has heavy legs, but does a good job keeping his feet moving through contact. He rushed for 2,196 yards and 21 touchdowns for the Cornhuskers, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. Ozigbo rushed for 1,082 yards and 12 scores, averaging 7.0 yards per carry. He also has solid hands on screen passes, evidenced by 49 career catches for 488 yards, including 23 receptions for 203 yards as a senior.
Kentucky G Bunchy Stallings – 6-3, 305
Stallings played both center and right guard at Kentucky and was a big force in leading the way for running back Benny Snell. Snell, No. 65, was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week in victories over Florida and Mississippi State, but was ejected in the third quarter in a loss to Georgia after he grabbed an official. Stallings is a mauler in the run game, but needs to work on mirroring better as a pass protector at the next level.
North Carolina State G Tyler Jones – 6-2, 305
It’s hard to imagine that Jones played left tackle last year with his smallish frame, but that speaks to his athleticism. Georgia did the same thing two years ago with Isaiah Wynn, moving the Bulldogs’ best and most athletic lineman from guard to left tackle. Jones, No. 53, has a strong punch and strong hands and very quick feet, but is better suited inside at guard at the next level due to his lack of ideal size.
Michigan G Juwann Bushell-Beatty – 6-6, 318
Bushell-Beatty played right tackle at Michigan, but his lack of quick feet will ultimately move him inside to guard. He’s got a huge wingspan that aids him in pass protection, and also finishing in the run game where Bushell-Beatty, No. 76, helped pave the way for Wolverines running back Karan Higdon, who rushed for 1,178 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.
San Diego State RT Ryan Pope – 6-7, 315
Pope is a bit of a late bloomer, not starting until his junior season when he took over at right tackle and helped pave the way for record-setting running back Rashaad Penny. Pope, No. 77, started his senior year at right tackle before playing the last three games at left tackle out of necessity. Pope has a big, athletic body and needs better coaching to excel at the next level where he’ll likely be just a right tackle drafted on Day 3.
Miami RT Tyree St. Louis – 6-5, 315
St. Louis was a starter at right tackle before moving to left tackle for his senior year where he struggled with the transition, especially with his footwork. St. Louis was better off on the right side where he could use his power to work effectively in the running game. St. Louis, No. 78, has his critics in the scouting community and the East-West Shrine Game will be a big opportunity for him to increase his draft stock from that of a Day 3 selection.
Old Dominion WR Jonathan Duhart – 6-3, 210
Often overshadowed by fellow Monarchs receiver Travis Fulgham, who will play in the Senior Bowl next week, Duhart had a great senior season with 74 catches for 1,045 yards and nine touchdowns. He posted 183 catches for 2,664 yards and 28 touchdowns as his size was used effectively in the red zone due to his leaping ability and physicality. Duhart overcame a season-ending injury in 2017 to rebound with a great final season in which he had nine catches for 142 yards and three TDs in an upset of Virginia Tech.
Fresno State WR KeeSean Johnson – 6-2, 199
Johnson is a very competitive, smooth, savvy receiver that put up big numbers in Jeff Tedford’s offense. Johnson has sure hands and compiled 275 receptions for 3,463 yards (12.6 avg.) and 24 touchdowns in his Bulldogs career. Johnson had 77 catches for 1,013 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior before a record-setting 95-catch, 1,340 yards and eight more scores as a senior. Johnson is a good, but not great athlete, and has good, but not great speed. Yet his reliability and his knack for making big catches will make him a nice middle-round pick in April.
UC Davis WR Keelan Doss – 6-3, 210
Doss is a big-bodied receiver with nice athleticism and can be a real playmaker in the red zone. He was a two-time FCS All-American and finished his college career with 233 receptions for 2,833 yards (12.1 avg.) and 16 touchdowns over his last two seasons. He doesn’t have great speed and is more of a possession receiver capable of making catches across the middle in traffic and picking up first downs. This is a big opportunity for Doss to show he can hang with better competition.
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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