Buccaneers vs. Browns: 4 players to watch closely

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30: Austin Allen #8 hands off to Dare Ogunbowale #44 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Raymond James Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 30: Austin Allen #8 hands off to Dare Ogunbowale #44 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Raymond James Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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TAMPA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Jamel Dean #35 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers intercepts a pass thrown by Jake Rudock #5 intended for Saeed Blacknall #80 of the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter of a preseason football game at Raymond James Stadium on August 16, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA – AUGUST 16: Jamel Dean #35 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers intercepts a pass thrown by Jake Rudock #5 intended for Saeed Blacknall #80 of the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter of a preseason football game at Raymond James Stadium on August 16, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

CB Jamel Dean

Jamel Dean made his Buccaneers debut a week ago against the Dolphins, and he looks to build off that strong performance tonight against the Browns. While it is unlikely that the likes of Odell Beckham Jr. or Jarvis Landry take the field, he will still have an opportunity to man up against breakout player Rashard Higgins and newly signed Braxton Miller.

With an interception and another dropped pick a week ago, the big bodied cornerback has the potential and build to be a prototypical lockdown cornerback in the NFL. At 6-1 and 205 pounds, Dean has all the potential to beat up wide receivers at the line of scrimmage, and has the speed to hang with them deep as well.

The reason Dean got drafted as highly as he did, even after a knee injury, was his performance at the combine. Running a 4.3 second 40 yard dash, while leaping to the tune of a 41 inch vertical jump and 10-10 broad jump, Dean has the athletic ability to compete with anyone in the league.

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Thus far in the preseason Dean has outplayed second rounder Sean Murphy-Bunting in the Buccaneers’ secondary. If Dean continues to shine, he could win the third cornerback job over Murphy-Bunting and move Vernon Hargreaves into the slot on nickel formations defensively.