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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2017 NFL Combine Players to Watch

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Combine Prospects

Tampa Bay has a slew of needs across their roster. If they are to build upon their 9-7 record from a this past season, they’ll need an infusion of talent on both sides of the ball. There are several intriguing prospects available at this year’s combine that can mold the Bucs into a promising contender.

Solomon Thomas-Defensive end, Stanford

Thomas can rush the passer from the interior on third down, and can hold his own on the outside on early downs. He reminds me a lot of a smaller Ndamukong Suh. Like Suh, Thomas has a solid frame and non-stop motor. He plays with violence and has an arsenal of pass-rush moves.

Solomon Thomas won the Morris Trophy in 2016, given to the Pac-12’s best defensive player in 2016. The award is truly special as offensive peers vote on the best defensive player in the conference. A strong showing at the combine could boost his stock tremendously.

Corey Davis-Wide receiver, Western Michigan

At 6-3 213 pounds, Davis dominated the MAC, en-route to becoming the NCAA career leader in receiving yards. (5,285) Davis was a first-team All-American in 2016 as he posted 97 catches, 1,500 yards, 19 touchdowns. Corey Davis would be a fine selection with the 19th pick. Mike Evans quietly finished in the top-6 in catches, targets, receiving yards, and touchdowns. Complementing Evans with Davis could potentially elevate quarterback Jameis Winston

Tre’Davious White-Defensive back, LSU

The Bucs recently released Alterraun Verner and Brent Grimes will be 34 when the 2017 season starts White has the makings of a true cover-corner, as he’s projected to be more of a finesse type corner. Nonetheless teams still value prospects that can cover. The Tigers have built a reputation of producing excellent defensive backs in the past and this year is no exception. In 2016, White deflected 15 passes on 42 targets. He finished his career as one of the more decorated defensive backs in the SEC.

James Conner-Running back, Pittsburgh

Conner has overcome great odds to reach this point. Two years ago he tore MCL and a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma, In 2014, James Connor won the ACC OPOY and was a first-team All-American selection. James Conner had a bounce back year in 2016 as he was named first team All-ACC, rushing for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns on 216 rushes.Connor is a big-bruising back at 6-2 235 pounds. He offers size and a punishing running style to a Buccaneers offense that featured smaller backs in Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers.