The second day of the 2017 NFL draft is in the books, and 107 players have been picked across three rounds. That means a lot of talent is gone already, but a few quality players should still be available in the fourth round—or at least, that’s what every NFL team hopes right now.
For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the first three rounds were pretty successful. They got a steal in tight end O.J. Howard in the first round, added a much-needed deep safety in the second round in Justin Evans, and got a nice third receiver in Chris Godwin in the third round. They ended the day on a weird note, trading up to the final pick of the third round to grab a run-stuffing linebacker.
That leaves the Bucs with some needs, though, most notably at running back. They could address that need, but with just a fifth- and a seventh-round pick they don’t have a lot of room to do so. It seems likely the Bucs felt most of the relevant depth in this draft was gone at this point.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow, but here are the best available players for day three.
Best available players for day three
List based on Dan Kadar’s rankings.
Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
Desmond King, CB, Iowa
Montravius Adams, DT, Auburn
Chad Hansen, WR, California
Carlos Watkins, DT, Clemson
Dorian Johnson, G, Pittsburgh
Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech
Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia
Ejuan Price, DE, Pittsburgh
Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
Corn Elder, CB, Miami
Jaleel Johnson, DT, Iowa
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma
Buccaneers draft picks
Round 1: pick 19 (19th overall) - TE O.J. Howard, Alabama
Round 2: pick 18 (50th overall) - S Justin Evans, Texas A&M
Round 3: pick 20 (84th overall) - WR Chris Godwin, Penn State
Round 3: pick 43 (107th overall)
Round 4: pick 19 (125th overall) Traded to the Jets
Round 5: pick 18 (162nd overall)
Round 6: pick 20 (204th overall) Traded to the Jets
Round 7: pick 19 (237th overall)
2017 NFL Draft dates and times
Thursday, April 27 – 8:00 p.m. ET (Round 1 – 10 Minutes Per Pick)
Friday, April 28 – 7 p.m. ET (Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick)
Saturday, April 29 – noon ET (Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)