Bucsblitz.com: Draft Rountable

For the next several days, Bucsblitz.com will focus on some of the players the Buccaneers could have interest in going into April's Draft. As the Scout.com network kicks off its NFL Draft coverage this week, Scout.com and Bucsblitz.com experts explore which under-the-radar players the Bucs will be keeping tabs on during this week's Senior Bowl.

Which under-the-radar players do you think will get the most attention at the Senior Bowl, and are they players the Bucs might be interested in looking at more thoroughly?

Chris Steuber, Scout.com Draft Analyst: There are two guys that you may not know, but you will want to keep an eye on in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. The guy I'm most intrigued with is Wayne State running back Joique Bell. At 5-foot-11, 224 pounds, Bell, the winner of the 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy (D-II Heisman), is a physical runner who doesn't possess elite speed, but has great quickness and an all-around game. He rushed for 2,084 yards and 29 touchdowns this past year. Bell will remind fans of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

And the other prospect is highly touted, but unknown, Massachusetts 6-foot-5, 330-pound guard Vladimir Ducasse. A three-year starter at UMass, Ducasse is still learning the game and is a bit raw, but he possesses great strength and balance that allow him to dominate the opposition. As dominant as Ducasse was at the FCS level, he still has to work on his technique and consistency. Those aspects of his game will improve with better conditioning and coaching at the next level. He has all the tools and talent to work with and is a likely second – third round prospect this April.

Matthew Postins, Bucsblitz.com Contributor: As I look at the Senior Bowl rosters, there are a couple of players I'm intrigued with, though I'm not sure if I would call them under the radar. I've gotten an eyeful of Mississippi running back Dexter McCluster the past two years, as I enjoy watching the Cotton Bowl. Like Bell, he's not a big guy (he's only 5-8, 165 pounds), and this week he's actually doing work at wide receiver. But he's got speed to burn. To me, he's greatly reminiscent of the type of player Percy Harvin was in Minnesota this season – a player quick enough and talented enough to help you in a lot of different areas. I know Bucs fans probably aren't high on players named Dexter (after what happened with Dexter Jackson), but McCluster's blend of speed and athleticism is intriguing. Plus, unlike Jackson, McCluster has been doing it in the SEC for two years. That's a big difference from Division I-AA.

The other guy is Sam Young, the huge offensive lineman from Notre Dame. At 6-8, 320 pounds, he projects as a tackle in the NFL, and these days you can't have enough beef up front. Both of Tampa Bay's tackles, Jeremy Trueblood and Donald Penn, are restricted free agents this year, which means the Bucs face a decision on whether to keep either player long term. So tackle should be a priority for them going into this draft, and with two selections in the second round, Young could be on their radar going into April.


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