The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting four 2017 NFL draft prospects for visits today, reports Jenna Laine of ESPN, confirmed by several other reporters.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting four draft prospects at One Buc Place today, according to a source -- USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson, USF wide receiver Rodney Adams, USF running back Marlon Mack and Miami safety Rayshawn Jenkins.
The latter three should be local visits, which means they won’t count against the 30-visit maximum. Adoree Jackson will count against that limit, though, having played his high school and college football in California.
That means Jackson’s visit is slightly more telling, as it actually costs the Bucs some relevant resources. Not too many, though: their 30 visits are far more than they’ll be able to draft, and they won’t bring in nearly every player they’re interested in. They most likely have some level of interest, but also some question marks they’d like answered on this visit.
Jackson is widely seen as a late first-/early second-round pick, which means the Bucs are somewhat unlikely to pick him. Both because he doesn’t fill a need, and because they’ll draft someone else at number 19, and he probably won’t be around once they go on the clock in the second round. He might be intriguing in a trade-down scenario, though.
The other three might be more realistic targets for the Bucs, especially in later rounds. Marlon Mack in particular would make a lot of sense to round out the team’s running back group, while Jenkins could be a nice rotational safety with the potential to be more. A little extra receiver depth can’t hurt, and a late-round pick on Adams could give the Bucs a return specialist with some potential as a receiver.