The senior bowl is college football’s premier all star game. From Alabama to Delaware, stars from all over gather to test their skills and show they are ready for the next level. For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that means we could be looking at the future of the franchise.
While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could have their eye on any of these players, here are the five guys I would be watching if I were Jason Licht.
Darnell Savage, safety, Maryland
Savage is a very good safety that’s flown under the radar to this point. He’s an impact run defender who is extremely fast, and physical. His athletic ability and cover skills are also very good. If the Bucs can draft this guy in day two, he would be a huge addition to the secondary.
Amani Oruwariye, cornerback, Penn State
Oruwariye is a tall cornerback who looks to have the ability to play both man to man or zone coverage. He may be drafted in the first round, but I think he could slide to the top of the second; right into the Bucs’ lap. Keep an eye on this guy as the week goes on.
Sutton Smith, linebacker, Northern Illinois
Smith is a small school pass rusher with big time upside. He’s a bit raw, but his ability to bend the edge as an outside linebacker is exactly what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need as they transition to more 3-4 defensive formations. Additionally, he’s a good tackler and can play in a 4-3 front as well.
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Max Scharping, offensive tackle, Northern Illinois
Scharping is much like Alex Cappa from last year. Good player with upside, but he might need a year to bulk up before he makes an impact. That being said, Scharping has potential to be a starting NFL left tackle. He’s an easy mover who can protect the edge from pass rushers. He could be a steal down the road.
Rock Ya-Sin, cornerback, Temple
Ya-Sin is another big body corner back who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could look at on day two of the draft. He has great ball skills and he’s not afraid to be physical. I’ll be very interested to see how he looks against better competition this week.
Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion
Ximines is a defensive end who also has the ability to stand up and rush the passer as an outside linebacker. He’s stronger than you would expect from a guy of his size. He can give the Bucs a versatile pass rusher in the fourth round or so.
Oli Udoh, Offensive tackle, Elon
A division two player who is built like a monster. He’s a good 6’5 and 330 lbs. he’s recently got invited to this game after an impressive week at the shrine game. Another chance for the diamond in the rough to prove he has what it takes.
BJ Autry, Guard, Jacksonville State
Big big boy who can dominate as a run blocker. Has some technical issues, but there are times when he looks like he’s varsity playing against freshmen on the field. Granted that’s va division two competition. We’ll see how he holds up against athletes who can match up with him.
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