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2015 NFL Draft

    1. Coach: LB Kwon Alexander can make quick impact for Bucs

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      John Chavis has been coaching college football since 1979, and the former LSU defensive coordinator says the Bucs found a playmaker in Tigers linebacker Kwon Alexander, a fourth-round draft pick who could make an impact this fall even though he's still only 20 years old.

      Kwon Alexander could be challenging veteran Danny Lansanah for the starting role at strongside linebacker.
    2. New names join growing list for Bucs rookie minicamp

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      The Bucs haven't released an official list of the undrafted rookie free agents they've signed, but one by one, we've pieced together quite a few names -- 30 and growing -- expected in for the rookie minicamp at One Buc Place starting Friday.

    3. Lesser-known players get chance at Bucs minicamp

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      TAMPA — The Bucs' rookie minicamp next weekend will have players who run the gamut, from the draft's No. 1 overall pick, former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, to nearly anonymous small-school players on tryout contracts hoping to land deals as undrafted rookie free agents.

      Jason Licht speaks during the press conference following the decision to draft former Florida State player Jameis Winston as the first pick of the NFL Draft for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at One Buc Place in Tampa on Thursday, April 30, 2015. During the press conference Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith spoke to the media.
    4. Bucs pick up seven undrafted free agents

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      Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Saturday that he was excited for the "eighth round" — the frenetic courtship of undrafted rookies to sign free-agent contracts immediately after the draft. The team was busy into the night, with seven players either tweeting or being reported as signing with the Bucs. There's …

      IOWA CITY, IOWA- SEPTEMBER 7:  Linebacker Quinton Alston #52 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during a break in the action in the first quarter against the Missouri State Bears on September 7, 2013 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 28-14. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)
    5. Again, offense is the emphasis for Bucs in draft

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      TAMPA — It starts with freshly minted quarterback Jameis Winston. From there, the only way to cure the sick dog that was the 2-14 Bucs is to surround him with as many young, fast and talented players as possible during the rest of the NFL draft.

      After making Jameis Winston the first overall pick in the draft, the Bucs tried to surround him with as many young, fast and talented players as possible. [EVE EDELHEIT | Times]
    6. Bucs finish draft with Hawaii fullback Joey Iosefa

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      Many Bucs fans had hoped Tampa Bay would open the draft with a player from Hawaii, but the Bucs instead finished their draft there, taking Hawaii fullback Joey Iosefa with their seventh-round pick to round out a seven-player class.

      Joey Iosefa averaged better than 100 rushing yards per game, finishing the year with eight touchdowns.
    7. Bucs use sixth-round pick on Utah WR/returner Kaelin Clay

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      After going through four different return specialists in 2014, the Bucs took a big step toward finding an answer on special teams, using their sixth-round pick Saturday on Utah receiver Kaelin Clay, who led Division I-A with four total touchdowns on returns last fall.

      Utah receiver Kaelin Clay led Division I-A with four total touchdowns on returns last fall.
    8. Bucs trade up for LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander

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      The Bucs have their first defensive draft pick in nearly two years.

      Kwon Alexander, left, celebrates a defensive stop against Alabama with LSU teammate Davon Godchaux, right.
    9. Penn State coach: Bucs rookie Donovan Smith a 'dancing bear'

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      The Bucs' new offensive linemen, drafted in the second round Friday, are known for their athleticism, and Penn State coach James Franklin said Friday night raved about the way tackle Donovan Smith moves for a player his size. 

        DonovanSmith was drafted by the Bucs with the second pick of the second round, and general manager Jason Licht made it clear he'll be given the opportunity to be the team's starting left tackle.
    10. New Bucs lineman Ali Marpet emerges from Division III Hobart

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      TAMPA — To appreciate the giant leap that offensive lineman Ali Marpet is making, going from tiny Division III Hobart College in New York to be a second-round draft pick of the Bucs on Friday night, consider his head coach.

      Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet made a splash at the Senior Bowl, then again at the NFL combine.
    NFL draft
    With the first overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Bucs should ...
    Select Marcus Mariota
    Take Jameis Winston
    Draft another player
    Trade down

    About this section

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, so there is considerably more anticipation for this draft on the part of Tampa Bay Bucs fans than for any other in recent memory. This is where you will find all of the Tampa Bay Times coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft in the months leading up to the Bucs' pick.