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You’ve had your warm up time.

You’ve had time to digest things like the NFPA Bowl and even the East-West Shrine Game, but now it’s time to get to the mack daddy, the event where the entire NFL descends upon little ol’ Mobile, AL to become the NFL mecca for a few days.

What we’re talking about, of course, is the 2018 Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl is the top all-star game in the circuit. If you get invited to this, you’re going – baring an injury or you knowing you’re going to be a top selection already. The best part about this week is that these 2018 NFL Draft prospects get real NFL coaching for the three days of practice and the game on Saturday. Coaching staffs from the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans will be the ones running the show this year, and those staffs should actually work out well for the Buccaneers personnel members that will surely be in attendance ( like head coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht) to get a good look at what these guys can do.

Last year at the Senior Bowl the Bucs got an early look at the player they eventually selected with the No. 19 overall pick in 2017, tight end O.J. Howard.

Is the Bucs future 2018 first round pick in Mobile? If he is, these are our top defensive candidates for who it might be.

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  1. Alot of things can change before the draft. IMO the 1st and 2nd round should be DL.
    I also read that R. Penney RB is on the Bucs radar in the 3rd round. GO BUCS!

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    • We’ll get to Penny tomorrow in our offensive preview!

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  2. No Maurice Hurst. I mean if we do a trade back or if he is there when the bucs pick in the 2nd round then Hurst would be it if I was making the call. Great get off and is relentless. Would b the perfect understudy to GMC. Like I said if buffalo wants to give a kings ransom to the bucs and we trade back and get 2 first rounders and a 2nd rounder I would select Davenport with 21 trade back again to 28 or 30 pick up and extra 2nd rounder select either the best olineman regardless of position or if Hurst is there he would b my pick. Then round 2 I have 3 picks to solidify both lines and either a runningback or corner. I feel like the running backs could slip in this draft. There is 1 sure thing in Barkley and the other guys u can talk urself into but I feel like they could slip to the 3rd. So I say fix our O line and dline with our early picks and later pick up a big power back like bo out of bama free agency look for a shifty back and get a damn full back possibly and mayb the run game will wake up lol. Just another arm chair gm point of view

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  3. Trevor, I think you’re missing a gem corner on the South Team with corner Danny Johnson out of Southern University. This comparison tends to get thrown around a lot, but watching Johnson is like watching a collegiate Brent Grimes. He’s 5’9, 185 pounds and runs a projected 4.40 forty yard dash, so he fits the “Buccaneer Corner” mold Mike Smith looks for. He also finds a way to get his hands on the ball, leading the FCS with 7 picks in 2016 and getting 3 picks this year, in addition to getting 21 PBU’s in the past two seasons. I think Johnson’s going to start soaring up draft boards post Senior Bowl and would be a really nice addition for us.

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    • The Tampa Two should be dead and buried. 5’10” CB’s don’t match up well with 6’4″ J. Jones in Atlanta, 6’6″ Coleman in NOLA, or 6’5″ Funchess or 6’4″ Olsen in Carolina. We have seen those results, Tampa needs to evolve with the rest of the league and get some taller and longer CB’s. As Tom Jackson says on ESPN, “Come on man”

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      • I personally agree that we should adopt a Seattle/ Jacksonville type single high safety, press coverage defense, but as long as Mike Smith is our DC, that won’t happen. We’ve seen it all season- 8 yard cushions, uncontested slants for the opposition, and letting the opponent’s offense dink and dunk their way to the end zone. Mike Smith’s brand of defense doesn’t like taller corners as they tend to have less fluid hips and have more difficulty breaking on the ball. That’s why you see players like Hargreaves, Grimes, McClain, Elliot dominate the depth chart at corner. In fact, there’s only one corner that you could argue is a “big corner”, and that’s Ryan Smith; Ryan Smith is only 6 feet tall! Fire Mike Smith, maybe you’ll see tall and long corners. Until then, good luck!

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        • No Fly Zone: I agree 100%. We have to get DB’S that are taller and longer. IMO it is a league with tall receivers. Just in our division alone about all receivers are 6’3 and up.

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  4. A lot of 3-4 OLB prospects….you know something we don’t know yet?

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    • There do not appear to be a lot of 4-3 pass rushing DE’s. Chubb is a lock, Davenport is a ? from what I have read he is a size speed player but against lower competition, I would be leery of spending a top ten draft pick on him, maybe the second round pick. Key is a 235# OLB but he is not a 260# DE, plus I question his heart. Most of the other DE are either base ends like Gholston or undersized stand up rush ends built for the 3-4. It appears it would be easier for the Buc’s to transition to a 3-4 system: LDE Gholston & Ayers, NT Stevie T., and RDE McCoy and McDonald. OLB Beckwith and Spence, ILB David and Alexander, the backups being Blanton, Bond and Bullough. The Buc’s would need to draft one NT (Via or Payne) and probably one OLB (Edmonds or Key as an OLB not a DE), there are other multiple OLB draft candidates.

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