Drafting Buccaneers: 5 Players to Watch Monday at the Combine
Desmond King – Safety, Iowa
The Bucs need help all over the secondary, but really have to look at safety as their focus at the moment.
Desmond King seems to be making the transition from corner to safety, and his physical ability should support this just fine.
He’ll need to reinforce opinions that he has the ball skills in the deep parts of the field to patrol back there, but also show some speed in his 40-time to maintain a death grip on his second-round grade as of right now.
If he slips in these areas then he could find himself in round three territory, but shouldn’t dip into the compensatory picks at all.
If Evans makes himself an early second round pick, then King could be the next guy on the list for the Bucs as they look for youthful depth at the position.
He isn’t as game ready as Evans in my opinion, but the young man certainly has the ability to impact his team in year one, even if it takes special teams for him to do it.
All fans of this franchise know just how impactful cornerback Josh Robinson was in 2016 despite getting just about no love as a defender.
The good thing about this list is it highlights just how much safety depth there is in this class. Perfect timing for a Bucs franchise in need of some talent back there.