The Tampa Bay Buccaneers snapped up Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft, and immediately announced one complication: the running back is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum, which will keep him out for a while.
Dirk Koetter said after the draft in his press conference that he does expect McNichols to be ready for training camp. Of course, missing rookie minicamp and OTA’s will hinder his development and hurt him in his chances to actually make the roster.
McNichols is a pretty solid back who can do everything well, and Koetter mentioned his pass protection as a particularly strong point. He faces some significant competition in training camp, though, with Doug Martin, Jacquizz Rodgers, Peyton Barber and Charles Sims all vying for playing time.
There’s a chance McNichols fell into the Bucs’ lap specifically because of the injury, which means they got a steal—if the running back turns out to be entirely healthy, that is.