With the Super Bowl over and the Bucs staff complete, along with the other head coach openings all filled, the full schedule of offseason events are underway.
First thing up is the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis which begins February 26 nd runs through March 4. NFL coaches, general managers and scouts will descend on Lucas Oil Stadium for a nearly week-long look at hundreds of draft eligible players who work to impress teams in hopes of improving their draft position. In addition to on-field workouts, teams will meet individually with players and also be able to medically evaluate them.
On Friday the NFL released the list of all the players who have have selected and have accepted invitations to attend the Combine. You can see the full list of players set to participate by clicking here.
The Bucs will have their front office in Indianapolis where they will be able to get a first-hand look at the player they could select with their No. 5 overall pick in the April draft. Trades options(up or down) are always on the table for Tampa Bay, and don’t forget, besides the evaluation of draft prospects, preliminary trade talks between teams can also take place as the teams gather for the Combine. Remember it was in Indianapolis last year that Bucs’ GM Jason Licht got the ball rolling on the Jason Pierre-Paul trade.
Licht and new Bucs head coach Bruce Arians are expected to speak to the media in covering the Combine.
PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds will be in attendance for the Combine and will have daily reports and updates on all the happenings of the week.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com