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Buccaneers met with some of the East-West shrine game prospects during the week

Defense looks to be a priority

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Many teams are currently in attendance at Tropicana Field in Tampa, scouting all the prospects from the East-West Shrine game. With it being in their own backyard, the Buccaneers brass didn’t have to travel very far to scout these players.

Here are a few of the players that Tampa Bay has met with over the last few days down in St. Pete.

1. Jordan Brailford (Defensive end) Oklahoma State University. In his three seasons at OSU, Brailford has 90 solo tackles, 45 assisted tackles, 16 sacks including 10 in 2018. He also added 31.5 tackles for loss with 17 of them coming in 2018. With the Buccaneers likely needing help along the defensive line this off-season, Brailford could make sense as a mid-round pick.

2. Derrick Baity (Cornerback) University of Kentucky. Any player the Buccaneers scout in the secondary makes sense. Simply because of need. In his four years at Kentucky, Baity had six career interceptions, 112 tackles and 25 pass defenses. Baity is projected to be selected anywhere from the 4th to 6th round of the 2019 NFL draft.

3. Jordan Wyatt (Cornerback) Southern Methodist University. A four year player at SMU, Wyatt established himself as a turnover machine. In his four years, Wyatt recorded 11 interceptions and also forced eight fumbles. He also totaled 116 solo tackles. Again, the Buccaneers continue to scout positions of need at the East-West Shrine game.

4. Brett Rypien (Quarterback) Boise State. With both Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Griffin being UFA’s this off-season, this is another meeting that makes sense for the Buccaneers. I fully expect them, at some point to select a quarterback in the later rounds of the NFL draft. In four years at Boise State, Rypien had a 64.0% comp pct, threw for 13,578 yards and 90 touchdowns. Rypien is ranked as a top 10 quarterback in this years draft class.

All of this is fluid and many teams have met with the same players, but these are some of the names to keep an eye on throughout the draft process to see if they get an invite to visit One Buc Place.

All of these names were provided by Trevor Sikkema twitter handle.