As we are now single-digit days away from the 2017 NFL Draft, the picture is starting to get a little more clear showing who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are targeting, not only in the first round, but in the rounds beyond.

On Thursday, Bucs fans picked up anther hint for who one of those second or third round picks might be when Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine explained that Tampa Bay was the team that has shown the most interest in him on PFT Live.

“I would have to say Tampa Bay just because they came down to Norman to work me out and they flew me out to tour their facility to talk with all the coaches. Other than them, it’s been pretty equal,” Perine said.

In his three seasons at Oklahoma, Perine carried the ball a whopping 685 times for 4,122 yards and 40 touchdowns – that’s while splitting carries with Joe Mixon, too. He also own the single-game rushing record with 427 yards against Kansas.

The Bucs have also paid similar attention to USF’s Marlon Mack, and to a lesser extent, Toledo’s Kareem Hunt. It seems they’re very keen on these Day 2 backs, which could be telling us they won’t be inclined to take a running back in the first round, no matter who is there.

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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: trevor@pewterreport.com
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MudManVA
4 years ago

:( He’s nothing special if you have watched him play. 427 against Kansas isn’t saying much.

Brobear
Reply to  MudManVA
4 years ago

An NCAA record is an NCAA record. That right there is special. Also his tape has plenty to like

MudManVA
Reply to  Brobear
4 years ago

No, not really. Especially BIG 12 & Kansas D.

He is a slow bowling ball (4.65-40), that is what he is. Don’t watch a highlight reel, watch whole games. He is a straight line load 233 lbs. ZERO passing option, never posted more than 108 yards in a SEASON.

Much rather Mack or Hunt late. They have game breaking ability, and duel threats.

I trust Licht, so if he’s selected I’m on board.

scubog
Reply to  MudManVA
4 years ago

Some guy named Emmett Smith ran in the 4.6 range too. I understand he was pretty good due to balance and vision. Our own Mike Alstott and James Wilder weren’t track stars either.

Honey Bear
4 years ago

Maybe the Bucs trade down and in the first to draft S and DE and draft 2 RB, a bruiser and a cruiser? Little thunder and lightning? Perrine and Mack? Who know!?!? Man I’m excited for this draft. Also Trevor I love you Go Gators.

nitey
4 years ago

I’m beginning to think that the Bucs won’t draft a RB at #1 unless they can’t trade down and no other player they covet is available either. Could be smoke screen, but the Bucs haven’t really tried to hide their selections in the past. I think on offense, they could be down to a WR or TE or a S or DE on defense. However if we are picking a Day two RB, give me Mack or Hunt before Perine please. It’s not that I don’t like him, but if we are looking for explosive playmakers, he really isn’t in… Read more »

chetthevette
Reply to  nitey
4 years ago

Agree completely nitey. Mack over Hunt though. Just a homer talking there.
GO BUCS

BigSombrero
4 years ago

I like this guy. His highlight reel features a style of rushing that reminded me of Mike Pittman. He trucks about 20 people in the video. Smashing through tackles. Stiff arming anyone in reach. One cut downhill thumper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-hxd55alKE

BigSombrero
Reply to  BucWild02
4 years ago

His pro comparison is MJD. Didn’t Koetter coach MJD in Jacksonville? Smith was the DC at the time too.

nitey
Reply to  BucWild02
4 years ago

I don’t dislike Perine, but there are few ‘bruisers’ in the NFL these days for a reason. If you are going for a power running game, he’s a good choice, but if you want explosive plays, he’s not going to get you many. In the NFL today, everyone is faster, heavier and taller than what you see at the college level. In the NFL, that first play on the video stops at the 1st or 2nd tackler almost all the time – that’s a 0 to at most 2.5 yard gain. He doesn’t have a second gear and he’s a… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  nitey
4 years ago

Agree 100% we need explosive players, not big running backs from the big 12.

cgmaster27
Reply to  BucWild02
4 years ago

Yup he’s rushing through those bruising big 12 defenses. That’s sarcasm by the way. 8 of those 10 teams were 77th or lower in total defense. Basically Doug Martin could rush for 2000 yards in that conferance.

Naplesfan
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

As if any college defense were in the slightest degree comparable to NFL defenses. Your diss is every bit as applicable to any and all other college running backs, including your guy Cook at FSU.

As far as conferences go, the ACC is nothing special on defense at all. The ACC had only two of the top 20 scoring defenses, while the Big 12 had one – not a big difference.

The SEC, on the other hand, however had four of the top 10 scoring defenses.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

So competition doesn’t matter Naples. Well shit ,lets just draft a bunch of guys from the Mac then. And the ACC had 6 defenses in the top 25. As usual, you’re in a hurry to make a point and did little to no research on the subject. We’re looking at total defense here genius, which is a much better indicator of back, not scoring.
And of course the SEC had 4 of the top 10 scoring defenses, which Qb do you think was worth a spit in the conference. Don’t worry I’ll wait.

cgmaster27
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Oh and the ACC also has 5 top 25 defenses in terms of Rushing yards a game allowed, the Big 12, 1. Hell you want to do top 30 rushing defenses, the ACC has 8 teams, the Big 12, yup still 1

Naplesfan
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Apparently competition doesn’t matter … which is why our best tight end and who led the league at his position in catches last season was an Ivy Leaguer .. all the game announcers and analysts always got a big hoot out of that every time Cam Brate’s name came up. Ditto with our star OG who came out of a Div III school (“where the hell is Hobart?!!!”) – two whole divisions below ALL of the conferences of which you think only the mediocre ACC somehow reigns supreme amongst all defenses (NOT!). It’s not the competition that makes the player.… Read more »

macabee
4 years ago

This from Greg Auman, TBT, on Samaje Perine. The pro comparison on his NFL draft page is curiously Michael Turner, who was Dirk Koetter’s primary running back in 2012, his first season in Atlanta as offensive coordinator to Mike Smith. The Falcons went 13-3 that year and lost a close game in the NFC Championship, with Turner paired with current Bucs running back Jacquizz Rodgers. I don’t know if connecting the dots here means anything or not. Could just be more pre-draft G-2 to further confuse me as to what/who the Bucs do at the RB position. I’m too exhausted… Read more »

nitey
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

While I think Perine is somewhat opposite of what Koetter wants in ‘explosive’ play makers, I don’t think that disqualifies him as a target of the Bucs. Those that compare him to MDJ forget that MDJ ran a 4.39 compared to Perines 4.6+, that’s a significant difference. Perine could be that ‘close out’ back that many of us have talked about for years and your comparison to Turner is spot on IMO. Perine isn’t going to replace Doug or Rodgers as a 1st or 2nd down back, but as a short yardage or 4th quarter back, I do see value.… Read more »

nitey
Reply to  nitey
4 years ago

Sorry, MJD not MDJ – dyslexia gets me again.

Julian Jordan
4 years ago

Man, I like Jason Licht and the way he operates. If we snag Samaje Perine we would be extremely happy with the results.

Ken - Kfromfla
4 years ago

Been a HUGE fan of drafting Perine from day 1. This is the perfect RB for the Bucs if they do not take one at 19, which I would say is a RB at 19 is bad idea. Perine is the piece the Bucs have been missing since the A-Train retired. This kid would instantly improve the red-zone effectiveness, force teams to load the box opening up Jameis to unlimited play action opportunities, and provide a force to close out 4-min offenses. Perine is the missing link. IMO

scubog
4 years ago

For those that are discounting the kids accomplishments because they conclude that the defenses he faced weren’t up to par; I guess they also need to downgrade Mixon, Mack, Hunt and anyone who didn’t play in the ACC, SEC or Big 10 too. If a kid can play I couldn’t give two poops where he played in college.

fsumet
4 years ago

I love how this guy is being compared to every back in the NFL under 6 foot and over 230 lbs with no account for speed . Maurice Jones-Drew was a sub 4.4 guy, Michael Turner ran a 4.49 and had the nickname “burner” they definitely had a different gear in the open field that Perine does not have. Jones-Drew was largely a north-south runner but had more wiggle to his game and definitely played with a tenacity. Also, Turner was noticeably thicker especially in his lower half. That being said I can see the north-south runner traits that Koetter… Read more »

Buc 1976
4 years ago

Bucs have been looking for a FB and someone for third and one he would be that guy. But 4-6 rd.