Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary has been rising up big boards a bit since the conclusion of the 2017 NCAA season. Heck, even Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller had him ranked on his pre-NFL Scouting Combine big board at No. 4 overall.
Gary’s performance at the combine will say a lot about how much he’ll eventually rise on draft day. What we do know, however, is Michigan used him all over their defensive line the past two seasons. While he spent more time on the edge in 2018, he’s probably best suited to be an interior defender at the pro level.
Still, the flexibility is something that will have a lot of value to a defensive-needy team.
That’s exactly what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are. And while they need a lot of help in the secondary, grabbing a key up-front defender with a stock value on the rise would be a smart move at pick No. 5 overall.