The first round came and went last night without many major surprises. Most of the names we thought would be on the board for the Bucs in the 2nd round are still available.
So, where do the Bucs go? Here are some names to watch:
T.J. Clemmings - OT - Pitt
Clemmings is my favorite offensive tackle in the draft. He slid because he is a raw player who has only played along the offensive line for the past two years. There were also rumors that he may have a stress fracture in his foot, yet he says he has had no paid what-so-ever. Clemmings has the potential to be a stud offensive tackle in the NFL. He plays with plenty of power and athleticism.
Gregory has major baggage along with some amazing film. He failed multiple drug tests at Nebraska and one at the combine. There have also been reports that Gregory has failed a psych test for many teams. On the field, Gregory is a pure pass rusher. He'll struggle in run support. Gregory also needs to add weight to his narrow frame. Big time boom or bust prospect, leaning bust.
I'm on record as saying that I'm not as high on Fisher as others are. I don't think he plays with much power at all. He could become a solid NFL starter, but his potential is limited. He doesn't play as athletically as he tested at the combine.
Odighizuwa has the potential to be an amazing pass rusher, but also has some injury concerns. He has already had hip surgery, but did play in 2014 injury free. I think Odighizuwa has freakish talent, but he's still a very raw player. NFL Network's Charles Davis told me that Odighizuwa is very reminiscent of Ziggy Ansah with the Lions.
Rowe is a big defensive back with some athleticism. He does have some issues in turning and running with faster receivers. Rowe's best fit might be at safety in the NFL.
Collins is the enigma of the draft. He's slated to speak to the police on Monday in relation to a murder, but, as of right now, is not considered a suspect. If you're a team, do you pass on a guy who might not have done anything or draft a guy who may be a murderer or associated with a murder? I think Collins faces a major fall in this draft.
Smith is not flashy, but is very solid. I tend to like him a tad more as a 5-technique in a 3-4 defense, but his size and power could be attractive to the Bucs.
Nate Orchard - DE - Utah
The Bucs invested a lot of time into Orchard during the draft process. Here's the deal with Orchard. He is just 250 lbs, but is not athletic enough to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. I think he's a 4-3 defensive end. Because he is undersized, Orchard may slide to the 3rd round. However, if the Bucs are very high on him after spending so much time with him, I could see them grabbing Orchard earlier than most expect.
Cann is an athletic guard with a lot of power. He reminds me a bit of Davin Joseph in stature. I think Cann can play guard or center in the NFL. Solid guard, but I thing the Bucs address guard later in the draft.
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