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NFL Draft Rumors: Buccaneers won't take Myles Jack, Laremy Tunsil could fall

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Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Myles Jack is one of the most interesting players in the 2016 NFL draft. He's terrific on film and an outstanding athlete, but his positional fit is confusing and there are some injury concerns. Every team will view him differently, but it seems like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers definitely will not be taking him -- that, at least, is what veteran draft analyst Jeff Risdon of RealGM says in his final collection of NFL draft notes.

Even though Jack is an explosive defender, passing on him makes sense for Tampa Bay. The Bucs have an All-Pro in Lavonte David and a very promising starter in Kwon Alexander, and have just signed a veteran to complement them in Daryl Smith. To get Jack on the field, they'd have to bench one of those players (and that's not going to happen) or turn him into a safety -- which seems highly unlikely as well, and just isn't his natural position. More likely they could use him in a variety of roles across the field, but that means heavily adjusting the defensive packages and a lot of complicated, innovative work for a defensive coordinator -- and there's no real reason to believe Mike Smith is the kind of coach to do that.

Another intriguing nugget from Risdon is that Laremy Tunsil could fall a ways in the draft, all the way to the Bucs or even beyond them. Tunsil was the consensus number one overall pick not too long ago, in part because he's a terrific athlete and, well, there was no other clear candidate. But recently Ronnie Stanley and even Jack Conklin have been rising up the board, n part because they're worse athletes but better technicians. In addition, Risdon cites some undefined off-field concerns as further reasons for Tunsil's possible drop. The Bucs are still unlikely to take him at number nine, given their love for Donovan Smith at left tackle.

Keep in mind, though, that it is lying season. Reporters rely on sources who will deceive them for strategic reasons, or just because they think it's funny. So take all of this with a grain of salt, even if it does make sense.