With the draft a lower than a month away, the Bucs are beginning to ramp up their draft course of. That continued as we speak after they introduced in Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary for a prime 30 go to.
Auburn to Tampa pipeline continues? Bucs have Tigers nook Roger McCreary, a possible first-round match, within the constructing as we speak, per former teammate Ok.J. Britt’s Instagram … pic.twitter.com/Xtbivf2SYO
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The Auburn product doesn’t match the standard Bucs prototype at nook, coming in at simply 5’11”. Maybe McCreary could make the transfer to the slot regardless of barely taking part in there in school? The place McCreary excels is his reactive athleticism and brief space quickness to make performs on the ball. Whereas he doesn’t possess nice size, he’s bodily on the catch level and difficult within the run sport.
A serious knock on him on this protection although may very well be his scheme match, having largely aligned in man protection at Auburn. McCreary has by no means been in a system that makes use of zone protection as a lot because the Bucs. That may very well be a priority as he transitions to NFL defenses. At his professional day, the cornerback improved on his Mix 40 time by clocking in a 4.46 sprint. McCreary’s present projection has him as a late first-to-early second spherical decide.
McCreary had certainly one of his best seasons as a senior. The Auburn Tiger totaled 49 tackles, 14 go deflections, a sack and a fumble restoration. He additionally had two interceptions, taking one again for a rating. Over his collegiate profession he totaled 135 tackles, 32 go deflections, six interceptions, a compelled fumble, two recoveries and a sack.
Drafting McCreary would proceed the Auburn pipeline already present in Tampa Bay. Presently the Bucs have three gamers from the SEC college on the roster in corners Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean, and linebacker Ok.J.Britt. Whereas nook isn’t a direct want, the Bucs may very well be available in the market for one with Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting set to be free brokers after the season. It’s value noting VP of Participant Personnel John Spytek was at Florida’s Professional Day too. Cornerback Kaiir Elam is projected to be chosen someplace within the 20s of the primary spherical.