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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 2 Prospects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Must Target

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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 2 Prospects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Must Target

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This offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired a new coach and GM, signed a new starting quarterback, released their highest profile player and introduced new uniforms. It's evident the Bucs are looking for a fresh start in 2014. In order to usher in this new era, Tampa Bay will need to use the 2014 NFL Draft to address several areas of need and add depth to their roster. Here are five players the Bucs must target during Day 2 of the draft.

5. Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State

Telvin Smith
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5. Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State

Telvin Smith
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Tampa Bay has two talented linebackers in Lavonte David and Mason Foster. While already solid, the Bucs could turn their linebacker unit into a position of strength by bringing in young talent through the draft. Telvin Smith is a player Tampa Bay should target. Smith uses his excellent speed to make up for his below-average size. Pairing Smith with David and Foster would give the Bucs three extremely athletic linebackers.

4. Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Martavis Bryant
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4. Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Martavis Bryant
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The Bucs traded wide receiver Mike Williams to the Bills after he made headlines for several off-field issues. The move leaves Tampa Bay without a legitimate No. 2 receiver to complement Vincent Jackson. The Bucs could fill this hole by adding Martavis Bryant. Bryant is a tall, rangy prospect who possesses great speed and elusiveness. Bryant is raw, but he has the potential to be an impact player down the road.

3. Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State

Jack Mewhort
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3. Jack Mewhort, OL, Ohio State

Jack Mewhort
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The Buccaneers brought in several free agents to revamp their offensive line. Still, they have uncertainty on the right side of their line at both guard and tackle. Drafting Jack Mewhort would help relieve some of this uncertainty. Mewhort is a versatile player who started at both guard positions and left tackle while at Ohio State. His ability to play multiple positions would allow Tampa Bay to experiment with different combinations up front.

2. Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

Troy Niklas
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2. Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

Troy Niklas
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Anyone who has the nickname Hercules is worth taking a chance on in the draft. Troy Niklas earned this moniker at Notre Dame because of his 6-foot-6 270-pound frame. Not only does Niklas' size benefit him as a run-blocker, but it is also useful in the red zone. The Bucs brought in Brandon Meyers as a short-term solution at tight end, but Niklas would have the opportunity to start and contribute immediately for Tampa Bay.

1. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

A.J. McCarron
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1. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

A.J. McCarron
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With Josh McCown and Mike Glennon already on the roster, Tampa appears set at quarterback. However, McCown is 34 years old and Glennon has no link to the new front office. Thus, it would not be a shock to see the Bucs spend a pick on a quarterback. A.J. McCarron is a two-time champion who has a wealth of experience playing in a pro-style offense. If he is on the board, Tampa should consider making him their quarterback of the future.