The Senior Bowl is the unofficial start of NFL Draft season for draft fans. Now that coaches, scouts, and NFL executives have spent the week evaluating players at the Senior Bowl last week, here are some names Bucs fans need to remember.
Laken Tomlinson - OG - Duke: Tomlinson had one of the best weeks of any player at the Senior Bowl. He can step right in and start as a rookie at guard. Might have played his way into the 2nd round discussion this week.
Daryl Williams - OT - Oklahoma: The Bucs were focused on Williams this week at the Senior Bowl. The massive right tackle is impressive in the run game and holds his own in pass protection. He lacks the elite quickness and athleticism to play left tackle.
Justin Hardy - WR - East Carolina: The record-setting Hardy is undersized in stature, but plays bigger than his size. Hardy's soft hands and good route running could make him a legit threat as a slot receiver.
David Johnson - RB - Northern Iowa: I know the Bucs might not be in big need of a running back, but I have no problem spending a later round pick on a running back any year. Johnson is an incredible receiver out of the backfield, runs with excellent vision, and can be a threat in the return game.
Stephone Anthony - ILB - Clemson: I know a lot of folks in Tampa are locked into Denzel Perryman at inside linebacker, but Anthony had a very good week at the Senior Bowl. He has the size (6'2'' 243 lbs), but it was his speed and ability in coverage that caught the eyes of scouts.
Nick Marshall - CB - Auburn: The former Auburn quarterback made the transition to cornerback this past week. At 6'1'' and over 200 lbs, Marshall's size and ball skills make him attractive as a late round developmental cornerback.
Tre Jackson - OG - FSU: The big physical Jackson reminds me of watching Chance Warmack at Alabama a few years ago. I think Jackson is equally good in run or pass blocking. Between him, Tomlinson, and South Carolina's A.J. Cann, the Bucs need to grab one of these top guards.
Lynden Trail - DE - Norfolk State: Trail is a physical specimen. He stands 6'6'' and 262 lbs. He's a raw defensive end that will need patience and good coaching. If he develops properly, Trail has the natural talent to be a threat off the edge in the NFL.
Eric Rowe - DB - Utah: Rowe could be a big corner at 6'1'' and 200 lbs or he could move to safety. The Bucs went into the week wanting to get a closer view of Rowe, which tells of their interest in him.
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