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Daily Bucs Links: Draft day!

Here's your open thread for today.

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An NFL scout trashed Ohio State's Eli Apple for his cooking (?), but he's actually OK at it -
That's weird, especially because the prospect is OK at cooking!

Chris Jones could whup ass in the NFL, if he stops loafing -
The defensive lineman out of Mississippi State is one of the most talented players in the NFL Draft, but retired NFL defensive end Stephen White thinks Jones is one of the most frustrating too.

Ezekiel Elliott explains why he's an outlier RB -
In a league devaluing running backs early on in the draft, Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott explains why his abilities make him a perfect fit for the modern NFL.

NFL teams should treat quarterbacks like the fragile baby birds that they are -
General managers think they know better than nature. They don't.

Which college football program is the NFL Draft's real Bust U? -
Let's look at every first-rounder from 1990 onward to see whose top players pan out least and most frequently.

Myles Jack vows to make teams pay if they pass on him in the 2016 NFL Draft -
Under scrutiny following a knee injury that caused him to miss most of last season, the UCLA star told us he just wants to get picked in the first round.

The 2016 NFL Draft doesn't have a QB worth trading up for -
Trading up to No. 1, No. 2 or No. 10 doesn't turn a decent NFL prospect into an excellent one.

2016 NFL mock draft: A final 1st round projection -
We know who the first two picks will be, but things got a little strange in the last attempt at the 1st round.

Ronde Barber Among Bucs Draft Presenters
For this weekend's draft, former Buc greats Ronde Barber and Anthony McFarland, as well as celebrity Bucs fan Dick Vitale, will announce Tampa Bay's picks on Friday and Saturday.

2016 Mock Draft Roundtable, Part 3
As we move into the second half of the opening round, our latest mock draft efforts begin with a pick for the Bucs' heated rivals, the Atlanta Falcons.

Watch: Mini-Camp Pressers, Day 2
Jameis Winston, Vincent Jackson and Johnthan Banks were among Bucs speaking to the media on Wednesday.

Bell Eager to Prove Himself on the Field
WR Kenny Bell remained as involved with the team as possible during a rookie season spent on injured reserve, but he knows what he missed on the field and he's working hard to make it up.

McDougald: "It's Time For Us To Prove We're Good Defensive Backs" | Pewter Report
Bucs SS Bradley McDougald is once again in a contract year and wants to make amends for the awful play of Tampa Bay's secondary last season.

Bucs' DE Johnson Calls 2016 His "Revenge Year" | Pewter Report
Bucs defensive end George Johnson couldn't have had a more disappointing season than the one he put on tape last year. Can he rebound in 2016?'s 2016 First-Round Mock Draft – Final | Pewter Report
The NFL Draft is finally here and offers up a full first-round mock draft.

Best scheme and team fits for front-seven studs like Georgia's Leonard Floyd and Clemson's Shaq Lawson - NFL draft 2016
Todd McShay breaks down a loaded front-seven class, pegging the best positional fits and potential landing spots for each of the 38 defenders who cracked his top 100.

Warren Sapp edges Lee Roy Selmon, Derrick Brooks as Bucs' best pick - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
With three Pro Football Hall of Fame defenders from whom to choose, Warren Sapp gets the nod over Lee Roy Selmon and 1995 classmate Derrick Brooks.

Ranking the best and worst drafting teams in Round 1 - Carolina Panthers, Houston Texans top the list
Which teams have cashed in the most with their first-round picks over the last 10 years? Sharon Katz ranks them from 1-32, as Round 1 of the 2016 NFL draft approaches Thursday night.

New Bucs DE Ayers would welcome young competition | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — After focusing almost exclusively on the offensive side of the ball during the last two drafts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to focus largely on defense

Bucs WR Jackson: Evans shows maturity, better controlling emotions | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — The perpetrator of five offensive pass interference penalties last year, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is hoping to do a better job of controlling his emotions

Bucs notes: QB Winston focused on body and mind | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Jameis Winston’s transformation into a leaner, stronger, more physically fit quarterback is the talk of the Buccaneers offseason workout program.

Ira Kaufman's Mock NFL Draft | and The Tampa Tribune
The Tampa Tribune's Ira Kaufman predicts the first round of the NFL draft.

Stellar 2015 draft class set tough standard to beat for Bucs | and The Tampa Tribune
Entering tonight's NFL draft, the Bucs know duplicating last year's success with four rookie starters will be a difficult feat.

NFL draft cram session: Check out our position previews | Tampa Bay Times
Here we are, within 24 hours of the start of the 2016 NFL draft. The Bucs pick at No. 9 -- should work out to about 9:30 or so on Thursday, but until then, how about some light reading?

Turning a corner: Bucs' Johnthan Banks eager for fresh start | Tampa Bay Times
Johnthan Banks went from being a second-round pick as the Thorpe Award winner at Mississippi State and leading the team in interceptions in his second season to a bench warmer on the worst secondary in the National Football League.

Bucs' George Johnson: 2016 'my revenge season' | Tampa Bay Times
A year ago, the Bucs traded a fifth-round draft pick to the Lions to land defensive end George Johnson, who got a three-year, $7-million contract and then lost his starting job and failed to get a single sack.

Jameis Winston likes Connor Cook, Noah Spence in draft | Tampa Bay Times
A year ago, Jameis Winston was preparing to be the No. 1 overall pick with the Bucs, and as another NFL draft looms Thursday night, Winston mentioned two players beyond his old FSU teammates that he's spent time with and pulling for in the draft.

My 2016 NFL mock draft: At No. 9, Bucs select ... | Tampa Bay Times
I read and link to a ton of mock drafts each spring, and the challenge for me is finding a balance between the general consensus and having a distinctive mock that shows some creativity without really getting out there.

Bucs likely to focus NFL draft efforts on defense | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA The most important lesson Jameis Winston learned as a rookie was simply, in the NFL, you have to protect the football like a family heirloom.

The MMQB’s Peter King: 10 Things I’m Hearing Going into Draft Day | The MMQB with Peter King

PFT’s one (and only) simulated draft | ProFootballTalk
We're done with mock drafts. In place of the practice of throwing a handful of darts over the course of two months, we're taking one shot. Blindfolded. In a room that contains a dart board. And we're not entirely sure that we're pointed in the general direction of the bull's-eye.