Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Players to Watch at the Combine, March 3

A few players to keep an eye on when the running backs, offensive linemen and specialists take the field at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday - presented by Florida Hospital.

1. RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State
Many draft analysts believe that the Buccaneers could select a running back with their first-round pick, and the most popular name to be linked to Tampa Bay is Cook. Most rankings have Cook and LSU's Leonard Fournette as the top running backs, with each outlet's opinions varying on who's the best. Cook is a versatile, do-everything back who could really turn heads in the timed drills at the Combine.

MORE: COMPLETE COMBINE COVERAGE2. RB Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
In nearly two months, there hasn't been one mock draft linking Fournette to the Buccaneers, but Kamara's name has been mentioned. Like Cook, he'll probably go in the first round. So should the Bucs eye a running back at No. 19 and both Fournette and Cook are off the board, Kamara could be the pick.

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  1. C Ethan Pocic, LSU**
    During his press conference at the Combine, Head Coach Dirk Koetter  and General Manager Jason Licht agreed that there was some high-level play along the Bucs' line, but they didn't play as well as they did in 2015. Koetter and Licht confirmed that J.R. Sweezy would be returning to action this offseason after missing all of 2016 with a back injury, and tackles Demar Dotson and Donovan Smith, along with guard Ali Marpet, are all clear-cut starters. If there's one position along the offensive line that the Bucs could target early in the draft, it will likely be center. Pocic could be the best of the bunch and may be around when the Bucs cast their second-round pick.

VIEW: FULL COMBINE SCHEDULE4. OT Dan Skipper, Arkansas
Skipper is projected as a mid to late-round pick and wouldn't be asked to start anytime soon, but a 6-foot-10 developmental tackle is worth a look in the sixth or seventh round, if he's still available. Skipper was invited to the Senior Bowl and was an All-SEC selection in 2016.  

5. LS Colin Holba, Louisville
The Buccaneers' starting long-snapper, Andrew DePaola, ended his 2016 season with a knee injury. Whether or not he is ready for training camp, the Bucs will be in the market for a long-snapper and Holba is one of the top players in the country at that position. He was one of just two long-snappers to be invited to the Combine after a successful collegiate career.

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