Drafting Buccaneers: 5 Players to Watch Saturday at the Combine
KD Cannon – Wide Receiver, Baylor
Decent hands, short area burst, and vertical speed are all of the attributes which all but guarantee KD Cannon is getting drafted in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft; but will it be by the Buccaneers?
So, the Bucs have a solid big receiver in Mike Evans who can position well against defenders and work downfield when asked to.
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Adam Humphries has a good short game, but doesn’t bring a whole lot into the 10-15 yard range, and basically nothing beyond that without completely blown coverage.
Looking at the rest of the receiving group in Tampa and one thing is missing: Speed.
Cannon has it, and drafting a kid with a singular line of talent to use in your scheme where and when you need it is fine in the fourth round and beyond. If you get lucky he ends up having all-pro potential, but if not, you have a weapon you can insert into your gameplan.
His 40-yard dash time will set the tone for his draft stock, and if he can show better than expected route running then he could really grab some attention.
With all the talk of trading up in the first round bubbling around the Buccaneers’ first-round pick, it’ll be important to find players who can bring something to the table year one and also develop into a full-time player later on.
Cannon looks the part, and has a shot at cementing his potential. Plus, is there a better name for a Buc than Cannon?