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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players Tampa Bay Buccaneers Must Avoid

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Must Avoid

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a lot of needs during the 2014 Free agency period but the team still has some needs to address if Lovie Smith and Co. plan on getting the Bucs back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The following five players (who have been rumored draft prospects for the team) need to be avoided if the Bucs want to end that drought sooner than later.

5. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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5. Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State.

Derek Carr Fresno State
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It's not that Carr isn't a good prospect but the thought of him going to the Bucs at No. 7 is scary. Over the past seasons we have seen too many quarterbacks with marginal talent shoot up draft boards just to fit a team's need. With the signing of Josh McCown the need for another QB was lessened -- at least until we have figured out if Mike Glennon can be a NFL starter.

4. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

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4. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Cyrus Kouandjio, Tackle, Alabama
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Injuries are a major concern for the mammoth tackle out of Alabama and even though he assured those in attendance at his pro-day workout that he knee is not an issue, can the Buccaneers invest a second round pick in a player that could end up on the shelf? They released Davin Joseph and Donald Penn because of injury issues and still have the Carl Nicks toe injury fiasco to deal with. The Bucs are better off avoiding this high-risk prospect.

3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
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3. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
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"Touchdown" Johnny is less of a risk at No. 7 than Carr because of his overall talent, but does Lovie Smith want to deal with the media circus that will come from drafting the former Heisman winner? Tampa already had to deal with Mike Williams' off-field issues.

2. Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan

Taylor Lewan, Tackle, Michigan
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2. Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan

Taylor Lewan, OL, Michigan
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While talented, Lewan is coming into the draft with a lot of questions. There are multiple instances where he drew the ire of the opposing team due to questionable on-field tactics. Is it simply a mean streak or is he a dirty player? Recently there are reports that he assaulted two OSU fans and rumors that he was involved in the sexual assault incident that resulted in former Michigan kicker Brandon Gibbons being dismissed from the team.

1. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
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1. Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
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Even though Evans was a big play receiver at Texas A&M, many are afraid that's all he will be in the NFL -- a deep ball receiver that doesn't possess the other skills to be a well rounded pass-catcher. And don't the Bucs already have someone like that in Vincent Jackson? The WR draft pool is deep enough to find a more appropriate receiver to fit their offensive needs in a later round.