It was reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a private meeting with running back Miles Sanders during his pro day at Penn State on Tuesday, per Jenna Laine.

Sanders – a former teammate of Bucs’ wide receiver Chris Godwin – played in 36 games over his three years with the Nittany Lions, totaling 276 carries for 1,247 yards (6.0 yards per carry) and 12 rushing touchdowns, nine of which came during his junior season in 2018.

Sanders also added 32 receptions for 193 yards.

JC Cornell from The Draft Network added to Laine’s report.

Should Sanders land in Tampa following the NFL draft – while they weren’t his former teammates like Godwin – he will join defensive end Carl Nassib and offensive tackle Donovan Smith as former Penn State Nittany Lions on the Bucs’ roster.

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  1. I would not be shocked if the Bucs draft Sanders.

    Only one RB under contract beyond a one year deal. And ROJO is a big question mark even though he has great upside.

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  2. Im thinking the Bucs draft the best RB available…in the 5th round. Maybe it’s Miles, who knows. The first 4 rounds should be dedicated to DE, DT, LB, and OL.

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  3. Not much mileage on those legs playing behind Saquan Barkley for a few years.

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  4. He was one of my running backs I posted about. He has vision and is a great back. I would love to see him as a Buc.

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  5. BIGSOMBRERO..I agree %100 has to be mainly defense.In the last PR mock draft I said Rd 1 and 2 has to be middle linebacker and edge rusher and I got 30 thumbs down lol,maybe more by now.All these 1 year deals signing on defense sounds like Rds 1-4 should be defense.So for the casual fans a lot of these 1 year deal is just a rental.My mock have the Bucs taking the first Offensive player in a trade back in the 4th round.

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  6. Mike Sanders is a versatile RB that would fit very well with the Bucs. He will certainly have a lot of team support if drafted. Lol. Per NFLDraftScout, he is slotted for the 4th or 5th round. This is the first report of many meetings and workouts to come before draft night. Ian Rapoport is reporting that DT Quinnen Williams has one of the 30 on-site visits the Bucs are allowed before the draft.

    On another note, the Bucs are still looking for secondary help. SS Clayton Geathers visited the Bucs on Tuesday. Geathers 26 drafted 4th round is 6-2 220 4.55.

    All of this activity says that the Bucs likely to look like a different football team in 2019. Go Bucs!

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  7. BigSombrero – right on draft priorities. Fix the trenches, D, O-line far more important to the running game than an unproven college RB. That Licht isn’t able to ink Barber to more than a one year deal is on him. Just sign a FA pro RB that can play in this league.

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  8. I agree fix trenches first but to me the order is OL,DE,DT,LB.

    The O line is biggest issue with offense and they need to evaluate Winston this year. It is crucial they protect better and can run the ball!

    The D line had crazy amount of money spent last year and they performed pretty well especially after Duffnet took over for clueless Smith. We have signed a couple LBs already. I’m not overly concerned and I think they still draft one fairly high.

    This isn’t the year to use a high pick on a RB. They need to fix O line and at least have average running game and defense and this offense could put us in playoffs.

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  9. Wouldn’t pick a RB high, but we defintiely need to grab someone R4 or later. Cupboards are bare unless you count on RoJo being more than JAG. Barber is serviceable, but one play from being in the tub.

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  10. I also think our priorities are DL, OL and LB though I think Best Available trumps all preconceived priorities as regards the first two picks. Actually best available should always merge with needs in each round in a perfect world. As they say we don’t live in a perfect world.

    I would be just as happy if we got N Bosa, Q Williams, J Allen or D White. (Though I will be surprised if we did not get one of those four at the 5th pick.) I really don’t have any one of them in mind as the sure-thing superstar pick this year. I think the odds of Jason Licht making a good choice based on Bruce Arians’ input are very good this year. Whether we end up sticking at pick five or trading down I do expect us to have a good draft overall this year. I am hoping that it will be Licht’s best yet of course.
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    Go Bucs!!!!!!

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  11. I wouldn’t have any problems with drafting this kid. I think 3rd would be the latest but he could slide to the 4th. I agree with the 1st poster except that I want 2 D-lineman 1LBacker, and best RB available in the 4th.

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  12. Have to agree with most here…I wouldn’t mind taking him, but nowhere before the 4th round. Unless we trade back and acquire more early round picks, we can’t really afford to ignore bigger needs on the DL, OL, CB, and at LB. That’s a lot of issues to fix before sinking a second high pick into the RB position in 2 years. If I’m Licht and Arians, I’m looking at that 4th round for potential steals at the RB position and actually trying to develop RoJo. The kid has talent as evidenced by his college tape…just giving up after one poorly coached (and just as poorly blocked) season would be a mistake.

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