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Here are some wide receivers to keep an eye on when the scouting combine takes place in Indianapolis

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans hate hearing their team might have a need at the wide receiver position.

Now, nobody is suggesting the Bucs use a day one pick at the position, but it may become necessary to at least entertain the idea of adding to their receiver group on days two or three.

Either way, draft picks of today are the free-agents and trade available players of tomorrow. Because of this, it would be wise for the franchise – and its fanbase – to get to know the guys competing to be on their team when the NFL Draft rolls around.

Here are the wide receivers you can expect to see at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

2019 COMBINE WIDE RECEIVERS

NAME SCHOOL
NAME SCHOOL
JJ ARCEGA-WHITESIDE STANFORD
MILES BOYKIN NOTRE DAME
TYRE BRADY MARSHALL
A.J. BROWN OLE MISS
MARQUISE BROWN OKLAHOMA
EMMANUEL BUTLER NORTHERN ARIZONA
HAKEEM BUTLER IOWA STATE
PARRIS CAMPBELL OHIO STATE
JAMAL CUSTIS SYRACUSE
FELTON DAVIS MICHIGAN STATE
RYAN DAVIS AUBURN
JOHNNIE DIXON OHIO STATE
GREG DORTCH WAKE FOREST
KEELAN DOSS UC DAVIS
ASHTON DULIN MALONE UNIVERSITY
JOVON DURANTE FLORIDA ATLANTIC
JAZZ FERGUSON NORTHWESTERN STATE
TRAVIS FULGHAM OLD DOMINION
TERRY GODWIN GEORGIA
EMANUEL HALL MISOURI
MECOLE HARDMAN GEORGIA
KELVIN HARMON NC STATE
N'KEAL HARRY ARIZONA STATE
LIL'JORDAN HUMPHREY TEXAS
JALEN HURD BAYLOR
ANDY ISABELLA MASSACHUSETTS
GARY JENNINGS WEST VIRGINIA
ANTHONY JOHNSON BUFFALO
BISI JOHNSON COLORADO STATE
DIONTAE JOHNSON TOLEDO
KJ JOHNSON FRESNO STATE
DAMARKUS LODGE OLE MISS
TERRY MCLAURIN OHIO STATE
D.K. METCALF OLE MISS
JAKOBI MEYERS NORTH CAROLINA STATE
DILLON MITCHELL OREGON
STANLEY MORGAN NEBRASKA
NYQWAN MURRAY FLORIDA STATE
HUNTER RENFROW CLEMSON
RILE RIDLEY GEORGIA
DEEBO SAMUEL SOUTH CAROLINA
DAVID SILLS WEST VIRGINIA
DARIUS SLAYTON AUBURN
JAYLEN SMITH LOUISVILLE
CODY THOMPSON TOLEDO
JAMARIUS WAY SOUTH ALABAMA
ALEX WESLEY NOTRTHERN COLORADO
ANTOINE WESLEY TEXAS TECH

BEST IN CLASS: DK METCALF, OLE MISS

Metcalf checks all the blocks in what NFL teams are looking for in a wide receiver prospect. What makes him even more intriguing is the fact he still has room to improve as a technical receiver.

He also has some things to prove off the field though, as the neck injury he suffered in 2018 will be scrutinized heavily by the medical staff at the combine.

Those results, along with how he looks in person to some of the decision makers in attendance will either cement his top-billing or place his status on shaky grounds.

MOST TO PROVE: A.J. BROWN, OLE MISS

At one point, Brown was considered a challenger to be the top receiver in this year’s draft class. Now, he’s not even the top receiver coming out of his college.

Still, Brown has talent and the ability to carve out a nice career in the NFL.

With all of the eyes on his teammate in Indianapolis, Brown’s stock as a teammate will be tested when he’s asked about Metcalf. His stock as a player will be tested on the field.

My bet is he’ll do just fine in both. But if he’s going to show team’s in the league he’s worth an early pick in the draft this April, he’ll need to show he can get it done in and out of the slot.

MOST LIKELY BUCS DRAFT PICK: MARQUISE BROWN, OKLAHOMA

NCAA Football: Big 12 Championship-Texas vs Oklahoma Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This is a really hard question to answer right now, but if I had to place a bet on either DeSean Jackson or Adam Humphries returning to Tampa for 2019, I’d say Humphries.

Which means the team needs some speed to help stretch the defenses they’ll face next season. Enter, Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown.

What makes this problematic is the fact Brown’s stock is rising right now and might reach peak levels after he burns the 40-yard dash at the combine.

If he’s there on day two when Jason Licht and the Buccaneers go back on the clock though, it’s going to be really hard to pass him up, and there’ll be at least one influencer in the war room pounding the table to bring Hollywood to Tampa Bay.

Honorable Mention: Hunter Renfrow, Clemson