North Running Back De’Veon Smith, Michigan Wolverines
We watched De’Veon Smith in the East/West Shrine Game and we definitely want to see more to determine if he’s a name the Buccaneers should be targeting in the upcoming NFL Draft.
If you’ve seen Smith you know about his power and his size, but what you may not know about is his pass blocking and ability to provide a passing option out of the backfield as well.
Many questioned Ezekiel Elliott’s ability to impact the passing game coming out of Ohio State and Smith is trying to shed similar questions for the second All-Star game in a row this weekend in Mobile.
The competition will be a bit tougher in this one compared to his previous game, and it’s going to go a long way to determine if he’s considered a mid-round pick with future starting potential or a late-round guy who can be a solid role player.
South Running Back Jamaal Williams, Brigham Young University Cougars
Coming in at 6’2” and 215 lbs. Jamaal Williams is a deceptively agile running back who has good eyes for the hole and burst to get through it before it closes.
This young man has a checkered past in his health and within team rules, so his medicals and interviews are going to be a big part of his evaluations.
The Buccaneers like to leak their running backs out as pass options, so it’ll be something worth watching to see if Williams can do anything for the South squad in that area.
Overall, he’ll probably get drafted a bit higher than the Bucs would like to take a running back of his pedigree, but he’s worth the watch as he has the opportunity to boost his stock for all 32 franchises.