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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFL Combine Provides New Targets For NFL Draft

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFL Combine Provides New Targets For NFL Draft

Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Combine Provides New Targets For NFL Draft
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to the 2014 NFL Draft as a way to rebuild on the fly. A team that was on the brink of a breakout season just a few years ago, they’re now back to drafting in the top-10. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t have talent on the roster. In fact, with a good draft this year, they could find themselves competing for a playoff birth right away.

They have needs on both sides of the ball, most notably they need depth on the defensive line and they need a playmaker on offense. The quarterback position is still up for grabs, but by all accounts second-year man Mike Glennon will get the chance to start for the year and show the team whether or not he has what it takes to be the franchise guy.

If he has any chance to stick around for long, he’ll need some weapons to work with. Tampa Bay mainly just needs speed in the receiver corps. They already have a couple of good outside receivers, what must have caught their attention is how many speedy, athletic underneath type receivers had good showings at the combine this year.

For Tampa Bay to avoid a long rebuilding process, they need to have a good draft. They would like to target Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack with their first-round pick, but he’s moving up draft boards so fast there is a good chance he’ll be gone by the time they pick at No. 7. So, they need to dig a little deeper and take a look at these five guys who impressed at the combine.

Ben Sullivan is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bensullivan52, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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5. Dri Archer, RB/WR, Kent State

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Speed, speed and more speed are the reasons why Kent State running back / receiver hybrid Dri Archer was a big winner at the combine. He ran an amazingly fast 4.26 second 40, and would be an immediate upgrade in the big-play potential of a Tampa Bay team that had very little of those last year.

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4. Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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The Bucs need an upgrade at right tackle, and Taylor Lewan is an NFL-ready prospect. He showed strong, fast and athletic at the combine. He won't be a sexy pick at No. 8, but he would be a solid one.

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3. Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

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One of the defensive backs who impressed at the combine, Ohio State corner Bradley Roby ran a fast 4.39 second 40. A guy that can contribute right away on special teams and as a nickle corner, he's a great option for the Bucs if they don't keep Darrelle Revis around much longer.

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2. Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

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A solid interior lineman who will be available in the second round, Gabe Jackson looked strong and athletic at the combine. The Bucs can use another guard in the rotation, and Jackson would immediately compete for playing time.

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1. Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

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Probably the player who helped his own cause the most with his combine performance, Pittsburgh defnsive tackle Aaron Donald instantly made himself a top-10 pick. The Bucs would love to have Mack here, but if they can't get him then Donald isn't a bad consolation prize.