Buccaneers: Stanford Cardinal 2018 draft prospects to watch
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By Bailey Adams

Although Heisman Trophy finalist Bryce Love decided to stay in school for another year, Stanford still has some talented prospects worth watching. Could the Buccaneers be looking for some new additions from out west?

Back in 1993, the Buccaneers spent a third round pick on a certain safety out of Stanford, and that worked out extremely well. Of course, I’m referring to Tampa Bay great and NFL Hall of Fame finalist John Lynch. Lynch played a major role in the Bucs’ defensive success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His name is now in the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium. Could the team find more talent from Stanford in this year’s draft? Here’s the list of Cardinal players that will be available this April:

Linebacker- Joey Alfieri

Offensive Tackle/Guard- David Bright

Center- Jesse Burkett

Quarterback- Ryan Burns

Quarterback- Keller Chryst

Offensive Guard- Brandon Fanaika


Safety- Denzel Franklin

Offensive Tackle- A.T. Hall

Cornerback- Alijah Holder

Linebacker- Peter Kalambayi

Defensive Lineman- Harrison Phillips

Fullback- Daniel Marx

Defensive Back- Quenton Meeks

Cornerback- Alameen Murphy

Linebacker- Bobby Okereke

Linebacker- Jordan Perez

Safety- Justin Reid

Tight End- Dalton Schultz

Safety- Brandon Simmons

Offensive Tackle- Casey Tucker

Linebacker- Mike Tyler

There’s no doubt that the Bucs have some serious work to do along the defensive line. Getting some depth on the edge is more of a priority, but the interior needs a boost as well. Gerald McCoy can only do so much, so getting him some help in the middle should be on Tampa Bay’s to-do list in the coming months. Not only that, but McCoy is getting up there in age and while he is still playing at a high level, the Bucs need to make sure they have some youth ready to take over in case he hits a decline in a few years. Stanford’s Harrison Phillips is a guy that could be worth watching, as he fits that need...

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