Six Second Round Target For The Bucs

There are many ways the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could go with their first round pick at 32. With so many picks coming before then, there are countless scenarios that can play out that will impact who the Bucs select.  There are that many more possibilities when talking about what the Bucs could do with their second round pick at 64. 

With so many options, there has to be a wide scope when looking at how this could play out. And with no glaring needs on the roster, that means considering a wide variety of prospects. Here are six players that the Bucs could be looking at with their second pick of the draft.

Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa 

Nixon is an athletic specimen to say the least. He is extremely light on his feet and shows the ability to get into the backfield. With a very good burst off the line of scrimmage, he has the potential to be a strong NFL pass rusher from the interior.

At this point Nixon does need to get stronger. He can surrender the point of attack and be pushed around some. A year sitting behind Ndamukong Suh would serve him well as he spends to in the weight room as a rookie. 

Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami 

Roche is a very well rounded prospect who can do a little bit of everything. He’s a skilled pass rusher on the outside who has shown a variety of moves when rushing the passer. He particularly thrives in stunts, very much like Shaq Barrett. Additionally, Roche has some skills off ball. He’s fairly comfortable in coverage and can pursue ball carriers to make tackles. 

It’s also worth noting that Roche spent most of his career playing at Temple University, where Bruce Arians was head coach in the 80s. Here Roche was awarded a single digit jersey which is only given to the toughest players on the team. Between his versatility and his intangibles, Roche jumps out as a player that the Bucs will love.

Tyler Shervin, DT, LSU

It felt like the Bucs defense drastically changed when Vita Vea went down with an injury. Even after trading for a veteran nose tackle, no one came close to filling his shoes as a pass rusher or run defender. The need for depth here has become very obvious. 

Shervin is a massive man at nearly 6’3 and 350 lbs. He is powerful at the point of attack and shows a decent burst off the snap. He projects as primarily a run defender, but by putting him at nose tackle it allows the defense to move Vea around without being vulnerable in the middle. 

Kenneth Gainwell, RB Memphis

It seems that every year Memphis produces a running back that is a dangerous pass catch out of the backfield. This year is no exception and Gainwell is the latest model in this mold. 

He caught 51 passes for 610 yards in his one season as the full time starter. This included a seven catch for 78 yard preference against Penn State and projected top ten pick Micah Parsons. This is the pass catching running back that the Bucs have been looking for.

Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State 

Nasirildeen is an extremely versatile safety prospect who wears a lot of hats. He drops into deep coverage well for a guy who is 6’3 and 215 lbs. Where he really shines in terms in coverage is in the big nickel role. He can match up with tight ends and bigger wide receivers in the slot.

Nasirildeen projects as a box safety more than a guy you want over the top. He is a willing hitter and run defender. He even has enough ability and size to play some linebacker in passing situations. 

Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama 

Leatherwood is a huge athlete who projects as someone who can play tackle or guard in the NFL. He had great length to keep defenders out of his chest and can drive opponents back as a run blocker.

He would provide excellent depth in the short term and would project as a starter at three of the five offensive line positions down the line if the Bucs can’t keep this unit together in the long term.

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