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Tampa Bay Buccaneers draft needs: 5 small schoolers who can help turn the Bucs into contenders

Jameis Winston has a big arm and is trying to add some weight so defenders will struggle to bring him down. Here are five small schoolers who can be added around him to help the Bucs turn into contenders.

Buccaneers let two of their better wide receivers leave in Free Agency, but they still have solid players on their roster. While I believe the Buccaneers need to find another wide receiver to fill the void of losing Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson. The team need to find another weapon for Jameis Winston and also find a cornerback, running back, safety, and linebacker. Let’s find five small schoolers who can help fill the void on the Buccaneers roster.

Alex Wesley, WR, Northern Colorado – Alex Wesley is a three-time Big Sky Conference outdoor 400-meter dash winner for the Bears. The four-year starter led the team in receiving his final two years. He is a speedster who can fill the void of DeSean Jackson. He will likely be a late round draft pick though.

Dedrick Shy, CB, Grambling State – The former Tulane cornerback is everything you want in a defensive back. He is a six-two cornerback with ball skills and tackling ability. He is likely a priority free agent, but he will come in right away and compete.

Xavier Turner, RB, Tarleton State – He killed his pro-day and has his stock flying up right now. He is a solid running back who could be utilized right away for the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have some solid players on their roster, but Turner can be an every-down back and also kill you out the backfield catching the ball. He is now considered a late-round pick.

J.T. Hassell, Hybrid LB/Safety, Florida Tech – This kid is 5110 and while he has played linebacker he straight up murdered his pro day running a 4.38 forty yard dash in front of NFL scouts. He added in a 42 inch vert, a 10’1 broad jump and a 4.26 short shuttle. This kid is athletic enough to play safety and the Buccaneers could use a safety as well as a hybrid linebacker. He will likely be a priority free agent.

Jerry Iweh, LB, Fairmont State – Likely a priority free agent, but a player whose stock is going up right now as well. Iweh is 6040 outside backer with speed and power. He can cover tight ends and get after the quarterback. I love this kid’s film he is going to be solid.

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