5 Playmakers For The Bucs


Here are five players that could bring more big plays on offense and defense to Tampa Bay.
1. Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut, Late 1st-Early 3rd

Todman has excellent footwork and can bounce it out to the outside for extra yards. If he and Kendall Hunter are both on the board when the Bucs pick 52nd overall in the 2nd round, it will be extremely hard to decide between the two. I like Todman’s arsenal of moves and hope the Bucs take this guy to make a tandem with LeGarrette Blount for years to come.
2. Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington, Early-to-Mid 2nd round
Similar to Todman in his receiving ability, this division II product scorched up the stat sheet with pinball scoring (4766 all-purpose yards and 36 rushing and receiving TDs from 2009-2010 despite missing two games; 7.9 ypc for his career) and could make sparks fly on the field. Taiwan in Tampa would settle everyone into roles: Blount the #1 running back, Jones the change-of-pace back when Blount has exhausted the defense, and Cadillac Williams could be the 3rd-and-long pass protector. He did fumble 17 times his last two years at EWU, 18 overall.
3. Robert Sands, FS, West Virginia Late 2nd-to-4th round
Considered a raw product, I love Sands for three reasons: enthusiasm, closing speed, and his athletic frame (6’4″, 217 lbs.). Check out some highlights. I don’t see why a safety drafted by the Bucs needs to play immediately. I like him at FS or SS (he can play corner, too) and he could learn the defense for the first year and see the field in 3rd and long situations.
4. Virgil Green, TE, Nevada, 2nd-3rd round
I know the Bucs are looking at tight end and Green could bring a wave of new fans to Raymond James as he has Vernon Davis/Dallas Clark star power. I like what I’ve seen of him as both a stretch-the-field weapon you can create mismatches with and even potentially as a stingy blocker on run plays.
5. Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue, 1st round
This defensive end available in the first round could be described in two words: Motor. Power. He has speed and nastiness, and doesn’t have the injury or off-the-field concerns of other ends and OLB’s in this draft. He finished at Purdue with 55.5 career sacks, tied for a division 1 record 14 fumbles forced and 1 INT.


Enjoyed this post?
Subscribe to NFL Gridiron Gab via RSS Feed or E-mail and receive daily news updates from us!

Submit to Digg  Stumble This Story  Share on Twitter  Post on Facebook  Post on MySpace  Add to del.icio.us  Bark It Up  Submit to Reddit  Fave on Technorati

2 Responses to “5 Playmakers For The Bucs”

  1. Russ Loede says:

    What do you think about South Carolina’s Weslye Saunders? I think if he gets his act together he will become a player at the next level. Could be had in the 3rd-4th rounds. Jordan Cameron is the top TE in the class. His stock is rising: 2nd round, likely. Surely, I agree with you on Taiwan all the way. He will most certainly be an immediate impact guy as a rook. Kerrigan would be a fine selection at 20. Watch out for Dontay Moch, from Nevada. 6-1, 250 speed-rushing DE who can get to the QB in a hurry. Keep an eye (don’t blink) on him in the 3rd round. Even if Tampa goes DE in the 1st, they could go Moch with their third pick at #84. As for Todman, I think he will go mid-late 3rd, possibly 4th. I think Kendall Hunter, who I compare to Ray Rice, or even a Jacquizz Rodgers (Warrick Dunn?) would compliment Blount nicely.

    Tampa Rounds 1-4: 1. Kerrigan 2. Jordan Cameron/Taiwan 3. Dontay Moch 4. Hunter/Rodgers/Todman if Taiwan isn’t picked, Deunta Williams or Curtis Marsh instead.

    • Chris Bach says:

      Saunders could be really good and actually makes more sense for the Bucs because I will maintain that the rush on quarterbacks will cause BPA’s to be ranked higher on the draft board than the slots these teams are at. So, the Bucs already have a top 10 tight end in Kellen Winslow and will draft a TE later so long that the BPA’s are a lot higher on their board than a tight end. As you get further into the draft, there being 9 players ranked ahead of the player you take isn’t a big deal because they likely all have similar grades by that round.