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Daily Bucs Links: Surprise first-round picks

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Cowboys to place franchise tag on Dez Bryant -
The star wide receiver will play next season under the franchise tag, unless Dallas can get him signed to a long-term contract.

Marshawn Lynch finally talked about the Super Bowl's last play ... on Turkish television -
The media-averse Seahawks RB said he was expecting the ball on the fateful game-changing play.

Map! Where NFL Draft first-rounders who weren't blue chip recruits come from -
Here's every first-round draft pick from the past 10 years who was not a four- or five-star recruit. See any trends?

Five Pro Days the Bucs Shouldn't Miss
One way or another, Tampa Bay will get the info they need from every college Pro Day over the next six weeks, but there are stronger reasons to visit such locations as College Station and Coral Gables.

3 offensive standouts from NFL Combine | and The Tampa Tribune
As the debate surrounding Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Florida State’s Jameis Winston continues, we take a break to discuss a few other offensive standouts from the NFL Combine.

2015 NFL Draft Quarterback Passing Chart Project | Detroit Lions Draft

The NFL Union Head Election Is Turning Ugly and Shady | VICE Sports
Candidates for the role of NFL Players' Association executive director are stepping up to voice concerns over the state of the union.

Eagles notes: Birds want Marcus Mariota, likely to be players in free agency | PhillyVoice
Every day, with little things I hear, evidence continues to build that the Eagles are going to make a strong play for Marcus Mariota. To note, this is something I had previously thought to be unrealistic, so as bits of information have trickled in, they've been absorbed on my end with skepticism. But it appears the Eagles are determined to get their guy.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston news and rumors | FOX Sports
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft. Almost everyone agrees that they'll choose a quarterback. But who will become their face of hope? Will Florida State's Jameis Winston make the short trip south from Tallahassee to start his pro career? Or will Oregon's Marcus Mariota be the answer?