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9-7, 2nd in NFC South
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Will Bucs select a running back? (1:07)
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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

No running back for the Bucs on Day 1 or 2. General manager Jason Licht makes it sound like he's seen enough from Doug Martin these last 10 days of workouts to stick by him. "We've been happy with the trajectory that he's on...He has the right mindset now, he looks good physically. We still have some time there, but just two years ago, he was the second-leading rusher in the NFL."

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Bucs take a chance on Kendell Beckwith

Tampa Bay used the final pick of the third round on the physical, run-stuffing LSU linebacker, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs use the 107th overall pick to select LSU linebacker Kendall Beckwith. With Devante Bond expected to push for the starting job at SAM linebacker, they need a backup at MIKE. Beckwith can back up another former Tiger in Kwon Alexander.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Don't call it a night yet, folks. The Bucs have traded back into the third round with the Jets for the 107th overall pick. Will they take a running back?

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

"That was one of the first things I thought about," Chris Godwin said on starting his little league and now pro career with the Buccaneers. "I can't believe how things have come full-circle."

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Buccaneers pick Chris Godwin can make the tough catch

The Penn State wide receiver possesses a blend of size and speed that helped him haul in 11 touchdowns in 2016.

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Chris Godwin thrived on the biggest of stages for the Nittany Lions, posting 22 catches for a whopping 460 yards and three touchdowns in three career bowl games.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Godwin told me he got his start playing football with the NCCFL Buccaneers in New Castle, Delaware. Now he gets to be a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have selected Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin with the 84th overall pick. Love this one. Biggest thing that stood out to me when talking to him? He loves that Jameis Winston improvises.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs back on the clock in just a few minutes. Chris Godwin, Sam Perine and D'Onta Foreman are a few top names to watch whom the Bucs have expressed interest in.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs new safety Justin Evans: "I had a lot of missed tackles so that will be one of my main focuses -- being a better pursuit tackler...I'm coming in with a humble mindset, working hard learning the scheme, the playbook, but I definitely view myself as a starter."

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Justin Evans stuffed the stat sheet in his final year at Texas A&M, tallying four interceptions, eight passes defensed and five tackles for loss. The Bucs allowed 49.1% of passes thrown 15-plus yards downfield to be completed last season, third worst in the NFL.

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Bucs land safety Justin Evans

Tampa Bay used the 50th overall pick on the Texas A&M product, who is a heavy hitter with excellent speed.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs select Texas A&M safety Justin Evans with the 50th overall pick. Aggressive with strong ball skills and great range. He led the Aggies with four interceptions last year and was second in tackles with 87.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Four picks now stand between the Bucs and their second-round pick. Safety Obi Melifonwu still on the board. So is defensive end Jordan Willis and running back D'onta Foreman. I think they'd be wise to go defense here.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers select Curtis Samuel. Vikings grab Dalvin Cook. Cardinals get Budda Baker. Chargers get Forrest Lamp. Nine more picks before Tampa Bay's on the board again.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs will have Mike Alstott announce their second round pick tonight and Ryan Nece will announce their third-round pick.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Intriguing names still available as Day 2 of the NFL draft gets underway: OL Forrest Lamp, RB Dalvin Cook, S Budda Baker, S Obi Melinfonwu, RB D'Onta Foreman, WR/RB Curtis Samuel, Alvin Kamara, edge rusher Jordan Willis.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie tight end O.J. Howard has the ability to stretch the middle of the field for QB Jameis Winston and the Bucs. Here's an example vs. Cover 2 with DeSean Jackson (Z) widening the deep half safety. That opens up a throwing window for Winston to target Howard (Y) on the inside seam. Given Howard's 6-foot-5 frame and 4.51 speed, this is a matchup advantage for the tight end vs. the Mike LB (M) in coverage.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter knew who he wanted the first day of Senior Bowl practice in pads. "[General manager] Jason [Licht] and I were sitting up on about the 35-yard line and O.J. [Howard] put on a clinic that day. After about two periods, I stood up, said to Jason, ‘I've seen the guy I want,' and I walked down the stairs."

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Howard says Bucs' competitiveness jumped out at him (1:39)

Team Stats

Passing Yards245.416th
Rushing Yards101.024th
Points For22.0Tied-18th
Points Against23.115th

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