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5 Players to Watch at the Combine, March 6

Posted Mar 6, 2017

A few players to keep an eye on when the defensive backs take the field at the NFL Scouting Combine on Monday - presented by Florida Hospital.

1. Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
If the Buccaneers hope to target a cornerback beyond the first round, Tankersley is certainly a player to keep an eye on. CBS projects him as a second-round pick and at 6-foot-1, he's one of the bigger corners taking the field at the Combine. He was highly productive for one of the best teams in the nation in 2016, interception four passes and batting away 11 more. In his final two seasons at Clemson, Tankersley recorded nine interceptions.

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2. CB Sidney Jones, Washington
If the Buccaneers chose to use their first-round draft pick on a cornerback for the second season in a row, many expect that corner to be Jones. In the Bucs’ latest Mock Draft Roundup, just two cornerbacks were projected to Tampa Bay and Jones was one of them. He’s a smaller cornerback, but has already drawn comparisons to Kansas City standout Marcus Peters.

3. S Budda Baker, Washington
In this week’s Mock Draft Roundup, CBS Sports’ analysts projected three different players to the Bucs with their first-round pick, but all three came from the same school. In addition to Jones and Baker, wide receiver John Ross was also listed. Like Jones, Baker is on the smaller side. But the former high school track standout could significantly help his draft stock with a strong performance in the timed drills.  

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4. CB Desmond King, Iowa

King is expected to be a day two selection and was impressive during practices at the Senior Bowl in January. He finished second in the country with eight interceptions and returned to Iowa for his senior season, despite the opportunity to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. He was a four-year starter for the Hawkeyes, playing 94 percent of the team’s defensive snaps during his college career, according to NFL.com. He was also on the field for nearly half of the team’s special teams snaps.

5. S Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech
Despite the fact that he’s projected to be selected on the final day of the draft, Woods was highly productive during his four years at Louisiana Tech. In his final three seasons he recorded 14 interceptions, 18 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and four sacks, along with 17.5 tackles for a loss. It will be interesting to see how he performs during the on-field drills at the Combine. NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein lists his ability to backpedal as a question mark.