With the Senior Bowl winding down, NFL Draft season is just starting to heat up. The Bucs brass spent the week in Mobile evaluating some of the top senior talent in the 2015 draft. While they were scouting all of the prospects there, there were a select few the Bucs were extra focused on.
According to a team source, the Bucs kept a "close eye" in monitoring a couple of cornerbacks and an offensive tackle during their week in Mobile. The two names the Bucs were zeroed in at cornerback were Utah's Eric Rowe and former Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, who is making the transition to cornerback this week. Oklahoma's right tackle Daryl Williams peeked the Bucs interest as well.
Both Rowe and Marshall are big bodied defensive backs at 6'1'' and both being over 200 lbs. The Bucs feel Rowe could play corner or move to free safety. Marshall will be a raw corner when drafted into the NFL, but his athleticism and ball skills make him attractive as a developmental corner.
Rowe showed positives and negatives during his senior season at Utah. He gave up the go-ahead touchdown pass to Brett Hundley with about four minutes to play in Utah's victory over UCLA 30-28, but looked sharp with an interception returned for a touchdown against Washington State. Rowe is also a very solid contributor on special teams as a gunner on punts and a reliable blocker in the return game. If the Bucs look to draft Rowe in the middle rounds, his special teams play will be key.
Oklahoma OT Daryl Williams is a massive right tackle that stands at 6'5'' and 335 lbs. Williams game is all about strength and power. He has the ability to play right tackle or move inside to guard. He'll likely be a mid-round pick, but also does not need much time to physically adjust. I could see Williams playing early in the NFL.
The Bucs were certainly watching numerous other prospects at the Senior Bowl this week, but these were the three names mentioned to us. With such a need along the offensive line, I think it's safe to assume the Bucs closely monitored Duke OG Laken Tomlinson who had a very good week, along with FSU OG Tre Jackson, Wisconsin OT Rob Havenstein, and LSU OT/OG La'el Collins.
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