The defensive linemen invited to the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine - presented by Lazydays RV.
1. DE DeForest Buckner
On Wednesday, Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said that the Buccaneers would be prioritizing the defensive side of the ball this offseason, but wouldn't commit to saying that he'll draft a defensive player in the first round. Buckner is a physical specimen at 6-foot-7, 290 pounds and has been linked to the Bucs in several mock drafts so far this offseason.
2. CB Vernon Hargreaves
If there's a name that's been linked to the Bucs just as often as Buckner it's Hargreaves. And, based on many mock drafts, it seems more likely that Hargreaves will be around for Tampa Bay at No. 9. Hargreaves could answer several questions at the Combine, including those about his size and straight-line speed.
ESPN's Mel Kiper believes the Buccaneers will select Hargreaves with the No. 9 pick in this year's draft.
3. CB Jalen Ramsey
Ramsey is projected to be selected among the top five, with most draft experts rating him as the top corner in the nation. With that being said, Ramsey might have more to lose at the Combine than he has to gain. Should he perform poorly, Hargreaves could pass him on many team's draft boards, potentially pushing him down towards the bottom of the top ten to Tampa Bay.
4. CB Mackenzie Alexander
Alexander is an interesting prospect, having not recorded a single interception in his college career. Many experts argue that production is production, no matter how you cut it. He's been touted as a relentless competitor – something that could help sway scouts during his one-on-one interviews.
5. DE Noah Spence
Interviews will likely be more important for Spence than his on-field performance. He had been dismissed from Ohio State's football program before enrolling at Eastern Kentucky. Unfortunately for many fans, the results of those interviews will stay between the interviewers and interviewees.
- DE Joey Bosa**
Bosa had, at a time, been considered a potential No. 1 overall pick, but has since fallen. In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Mel Kiper has Bosa going No. 6 overall. Defensive line has been regarded as the deepest position in this draft class. Should Spence and Buckner be off the board at No. 9, Bosa could very well still be there.
7. OT Ronnie Stanley
Stanley is, virtually, the only name on the offensive side of the ball any mock drafter has linked to the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay acquired two starting linemen in the 2015 draft, along with a starting quarterback. Adding another lineman to that core won't be out of the question if he's the best player left on the Bucs' board.