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2017 NFL Draft results: Buccaneers pick Jeremy McNichols

The Bucs finally get a running back in the fifth round.

NCAA Football: UNLV at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

With the eighteenth pick of the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have taken running back Jeremy McNichols out of Boise State.

McNichols was extremely productive at Boise State, putting up over 3,000 rushing yards and nearly 1,000 receiving yards over the past two seasons. He’s both a competent runner and receiver who can do anything the Bucs ask out of him, though he’s not outstanding at any particular thing.

Here’s what Lance Zierlein of had to say about McNichols.

Average sized running back who has boasted eye-popping production over last two seasons. McNichols runs with vision and tempo and has experience in a variety of formations, personnel groupings and schemes. McNichols needs work in pass protection and will likely create yardage with wiggle more than power, but he has the ability to contribute on all three downs and could find early work in a committee before challenging for starter's reps.

The Bucs had running back as one of their biggest needs, but didn’t address the position until the fifth round. That likely means the Bucs are genuinely satisfied with Doug Martin’s progress, and McNichols would make sense as part of a committee backfield early in his career.

The Bucs have one more pick in the seventh round, and after that we’ll focus on undrafted free agency. Stick with us for all the Bucs coverage you need!


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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) - LB Kendell Beckwith, LSU

Round 4: pick 19 (125th overall) Traded to the Jets

Round 5: pick 18 (162nd overall) - RB Jeremy McNichols, Boise State

Round 6: pick 20 (204th overall) Traded to the Jets

Round 7: pick 19 (237th overall)