2023 Senior Bowl: 5 players to watch for the Tampa Bay Bucs
The 2023 senior bowl is upon us! Co-writer Will Walsh and I will be covering the event throughout the week and will discuss what prospects caught our eye during the process. Here are five players people should keep an eye on throughout the week of senior bowling.
Army EDGE Andre Carter II
The Buccaneers have a potential need for depth with Anthony Nelson, Carl Nassib and Genard Avery on expiring contracts, as well as Shaq Barrett coming off a nagging injury that ended his season early in the middle of the year . With that said, Carter II is possibly one of the best pass rushers in this game and should look to increase his draft stock throughout the week. He could very well be an option for the Bucs in the mid to early rounds if he is available when the Bucs pick.
Alabama OT Tyler Steen
Donovan Smith has struggled quite a bit in the second half of the season and it may finally be time for the Bucs to look for a developmental barrel to eventually replace him. Enter Steen, who has great size and solid ability, coming from a school that is usually good at developing offensive linemen in Alabama. Steen has all the makings of a player who can develop in the right system and it could very well be in Tampa Bay.
Virginia WR Don’tayvion Wicks
Russell Gage has suffered many injuries throughout the season, and players like Scotty Miller, Breshad Perriman and Julio Jones all have contracts expiring this offseason. Therefore, it would make sense for the Bucs to have some interest in Wicks at WR who has great size and speed and would fit in very well in an offense learning from one of the best receiver duos in the NFL in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Ohio State CB Ronnie Hickman
Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Logan Ryan, Keanu Neal and Mike Edwards all have contracts expiring this season, so the team could use a lot of help at starting and depth positions along the secondary. Hickman is a big and physical corner who would fit very well in a Todd Bowles scheme and could be a part of replacing some of the talent that could be lost in the offseason.
Georgia Tech DL Keion White
Finally, we have White, and with Akiem Hicks and Will Gholston having contracts expiring this offseason, White will also provide great depth and even starting ability alongside Vita Vea and Logan Hall along the offensive line. White shows good speed and agility and has the makings of a potential starting defensive lineman in the NFL.