The NFL Scouting Combine serves many purposes. On the surface level for casual viewers, the drills are what we remember most. We love watching how fast a player runs, how high or far they jump, and allow ourselves to envision what could be with a player’s athletic profile.

But, outside of those drills, the Combine does serves other purposes, especially on the team side that we don’t always get to hear about. The medical examination is one of those areas. Teams need to get consistent medical checks that are independent of a player to see what really may be wrong or lingering from injuries a prospect may have had in college. Those are an important part of the process.

Another key part of the process is when these teams get to divide up their schedule and perform formal and informal interviews, as they see fit. These interviews can be based on anything. Sometimes teams want to get to know a player’s backstory better. Sometimes it’s about looking into their personality. Other times it can be putting them on the white board and testing their football knowledge. There are a number of different reasons for why a team may bring a player in for a formal or informal meeting, but whatever the exact purpose is, one thing is clear and that is that these meetings mean there’s some interest involved.

PewterReport.com spent the day on Saturday learning which players the Bucs have been targeting in their position of most need: pass rush. On the next page, we’ll give you the inside scoop we gathered.

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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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Spartan01
3 years ago

May not be showing their hand with Ejiofor. I think he ranks very highly for us. The other interviews point to us sticking to a 4-3.

With the way the QBs performed today, if Barkley goes #1 I can see the Colts being in a prime position to trade down to a QB hungry team for more picks to fill holes (maybe Arizona 1st, 2nd, late 3rd, and 2019 1st?). That may open the path for Chubb dropping to us.

Spartan01
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
3 years ago

Yeah, the torn labrum. Will be ready by mid-August. If they like his tape and the medicals, top of the 3rd (#69). He’ll be gone by #108. Chubb, Davenport, and Ejiofor are the only true defensive line 260 pound plus (non-EDGE) DEs out there I’d be interested in. Hubbard, Thomas, and Frazier(non-invite) are not very high on my list. And Jojo Wicker just ballooned up to 296 pounds from 275, so he has to be switching inside. Jalyn Holmes is a little bit of a wild card for me as he is definitely in that athletic 5-Tech area. Gets poor… Read more »

Horse
3 years ago

Trevor, Do you have any idea why it took the Combine to get to know FSU, UF, or any other State of Florida player?

Horse
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Umm, the question was about the Bucs organization; we all know Trevor is very good! Still same question Trevor?

Horse
Reply to  Trevor Sikkema
3 years ago

Trevor, yes I know but why did they select them if they are limited to the amount of players they can interview? I thought they would be more curious about players from other states?