Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
Another player that the Buccaneers have met with, hoping he may fall to them at the 39th pick is Notre Dame’s defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. Tillery has been mocked to fall anywhere from the 20th pick in the draft to the 50th; he would be a spectacular consolation prize for missing out of Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.
Tillery had shoulder surgery after the combine and is now rumored to be back at 100% and ready to go for the 2019 season. Even with a bummed shoulder, Tillery still pressed an impressive 23 reps on the bench press. The 6’6½ and 295 defensive lineman ran a sub-five second 40 yard dash while hitting 32 inches on his vertical jump and over 9 feet on his broad jump as well.
The Buccaneers are going to move on from Gerald McCoy any day now, and Tillery would be a great player to slide in as the defensive end opposite Jason Pierre-Paul in Bowles’ 3-4 defensive scheme and start right away. If the Buccaneers do not draft Williams or Ed Oliver with the fifth pick in the draft, Tillery could make for a great addition at great value with the 39th pick in the draft.