Just because the first round is over, it doesn’t mean your team can’t pick up a player who will make an immediate impact when week one of the regular season rolls around.
SB Nation’s very own Dan Kadar has provided a list of the best players available that are left in the draft. For the most part, this list will be mainly second-round picks since Tampa currently does not hold a third-round selection. Let’s take a look at some of the best fits for the Bucs:
- Derrius Guice, RB, LSU - Easily the best choice for the Bucs. However, there is legitimate concern that he won’t be there by the time Tampa picks at No. 38. Denver and Indianapolis both need running backs. Fortunately for the Bucs, Denver has never invested highly in the position historically, but that can always change.
- Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa - Jackson was considered a sure-fire first rounder, but has somehow fallen into the second round. Indy has consecutive picks before the Bucs, so Jackson could be off the board by then. Something tells me that they’ll go edge rusher instead though.
- Harold Landry, DE, Boston College - This one is definitely a shocker. Some experts had Landry going in the mid-teens in the first round. After selecting Vea it’d be an even bigger shock if Tampa took Landry, but he is definitely one of the top remaining players left on the board.
- Will Hernandez, G, UTEP - The Bucs still need help on the interior line and Hernandez would be a perfect fit. Will he be there though?
- Nick Chubb, RB, UGA - Another great SEC running back. Tampa would be thrilled to be able to add him to their roster.
- Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn - If Jackson comes off the board before Tampa at No. 38, then Davis wouldn’t be a bad option if they can’t take a running back.
- Justin Reid, S, Stanford - Reid has the skill set to both cover and come up in the box. He’d be a great fit for Tampa’s defense.
- Austin Corbett, G, Nevada - Another talented guard from out West, Tampa would be in good shape with Corbett.
- Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama - Harrison is a hammer in the defensive backfield, but does he have enough coverage skills to help Tampa in their pass defense?
- Braden Smith, G, Auburn - It’s definitely not settling for Smith if the Bucs can’t get Hernandez or Corbett. Smith is just as talented and would address a major need.