As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to ramp up there draft preparations, they have started the process of virtually meeting with prospects. According to Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the Buccaneers conducted a virtual meeting with first-round prospect OT Teven Jenkins on Wednesday.
Melo also revealed on Saturday that Greg Newsome II met with the Bucs.
The possibility of taking a corner and an offensive tackle in the first round probably hasn’t crossed the mind of too many Bucs fans, but nevertheless, it means that draft season is officially underway.
Teven Jenkins, a three-year starter, projects a a first round pick in the draft. While a majority of his snaps have come at right tackle, he has played all over the line including guard and left tackle. Jenkins’ draft stock exploded this year after a stellar start to the 2020 season. Unfortunately a lower back injury saw him opt out in November, but it wasn’t enough to keep scouts from giving him a first round grade.
Jenkins is a powerful blocker and is probably best suited for a power scheme. Though some analyst say he projects better as a guard at the next level, Jenkins could start at tackle, too.
Greg Newsome II
Greg Newsome II is another potential first rounder. 2020 was a breakout season for him, just like Jenkins. He emerged as a shut down corner for the Wildcats, but what’s impressive is he was able to do so playing injured. The injury issues eventually held him out of the Big Ten Championship and a groin issue was the reason why he opted of Northwestern’s bowl game.
Despite all of this, Newsome still earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. The long and fluid cornerback best suits as a perimeter and potential lock down corner.
There’s a good chance both players will be off the board by the time the Buccaneers select at 32, so the Bucs are just doing their due diligence. This also fits with what the Bucs were saying a week ago about luxury picks in the draft. If they can retain their own guys in free agency, it will give them the leeway to select a Newsome or a Jenkins.
Donovan Smith, Alex Cappa and Carlton Davis III are already locked into starting roles, so selecting Newsome or Jenkins would be for the future. Something to keep in mind, however, is all of the aforementioned players are in contract years. Drafting one of these guys would help the Buccaneers protect themselves if they cannot come to terms on contracts extensions.
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