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All three are safe bets to be selected some time Friday

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The first round of the NFL draft ended with a few players still left in the green room at AT&T Stadium Adam Humphries Jersey , including an All-AmericanHeading into the second round of the draft Iowa All-America cornerback Josh Jackson, Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams and LSU running Derrius Guice remain available. It probably won't take too long.The NFL also invited UCF's Shaquem Griffin to the draft. It was no surprise the linebacker who lost his left hand to amputation as a child did not go in round one. He is one of the draft's biggest wild cards after putting on a show at the combine. It would not be shocking if a team called Griffin on Day 2.Six more intriguing players likely to come off the board Friday:Mason Rudolph, QB, 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, Oklahoma StateThere was some talk that Rudolph could slip into the first round and make it a record tying six quarterbacks taken. Instead, he'll look to become the first selected on Day 2. He could be a nice value. Rudolph is a big guy, with a good arm who throws a nice deep ball. The Giants own the second pick of the second round. Maybe he's the guy they can groom to take over for Eli Manning. Denver at 40 could be a possibility along with Miami (42) and New England (43).Will Hernandez, OG, 6-2, 345, UTEPSix offensive linemen were taken in the first round, including two centers that could play guard and a tackle that could slide inside. Nobody bit on Hernandez, a powerful run blocker with quick feet. With Cleveland and the Bears among the first to pick in the second round, Hernandez should not have to wait too long to be picked. He might be the best offensive lineman left, though Iowa center James Daniels could be in that discussion, too.Harold Landry Demar Dotson Jersey , OLB/DE, 6-3, 252, Boston CollegeLandry was one of the best pass rushers in the country as a junior, but his senior year was wrecked by injuries. He might have to learn a more traditional linebacker's role in the NFL after mostly playing as a defensive end at BC. But he is the best edge rusher left so he probably won't have wait long into second round. The Colts at 36 and 37 could use a boost to the pass rush, but will he fit their new 4-3 defense? The Giants need pass rushers, too. A similar player to watch for is LSU's Arden Key, who was being talked about as a possible top-10 pick before he had a poor and injury plagued 2017 season.Ronald Jones II, RB, 5-11, 200, Southern CaliforniaThe darting, slashing runner who always seems to fall forward. Jones is similar to Guice in style but not quite as big and strong. Georgia's Nick Chubb is also still available after three running backs (Saquon Barkley, Rashaad Penny and Sony Michel) went in the first round. Jones, Guice and Chubb could all be up for consideration for Cleveland (picks 33 and 35) and Tampa Bay (38) early in the second round. All should be off the gone by the end of round two and provide good value.Maurice Hurst, DT, 6-2, 282 Chris Conte Jersey , MichiganHurst is an undersized tackle with some health concerns, but he was probably the most productive interior defensive lineman in the country last season. Scheme fit will likely be key, but defenses that need tackles who attack gaps and look to be disruptive in the backfield could find a day two steal in Hurst.Christian Kirk, WR, 5-10, 200, Texas A&MOnly two receivers were selected in the first round (Calvin Ridley and DJ Moore). Next up could be Kirk, who also brings with him some serious skills as a kick and punt returner. He returned seven punts and kicks for touchdowns at A&M. His size might relegate him to slot receiver. If a team is looking for a bigger target, SMU's Courtland Sutton, who is 6-5, is also left. Well, there ya have it folks. The NFL strikes again. It’s fair to say that if you would’ve even mentioned Tampa Bay in the playoff race a month ago, laughs would have emitted from the sky, ground, trees - hell, even your dog would’ve cracked a smile. But here they are, playing to keep the season alive. A win on Sunday would not only be monumental, it would put them in excellent playoff position with just three games remaining on the schedule.Bucs Nation’s own Alex Salvarezza Ryan Smith Jersey , Bailey Adams, and Evan Winter sat down to discuss what this week’s game means and if Tampa Bay can save their season. How exactly can a win save this season?Bailey Adams: At 5-7, the Bucs’ playoff hopes are pretty slim right now. However, a win on Sunday against the Saints picks those hopes up just a little bit more. It seems obvious that the Bucs have to win their remaining four games to have a realistic shot at making the playoffs, and even at 9-7, they would need some help to get in. Obviously, none of that help matters if Tampa Bay doesn’t pick up wins over the Saints, Ravens, Cowboys and Falcons in the next four weeks. That difficult stretch starts Sunday with a New Orleans team that the Bucs beat in week one. Another upset victory for Dirk Koetter and his team would keep playoff dreams alive for at least one more week. Evan Winter: If they can pull off the victory on Sunday, then there is no reason to think the Bucs couldn’t run the table and possibly get into the postseason. The Saints are arguably the best offense in the league and their defense has been playing great football in recent weeks. They are a complete team. Everyone knows how talented the Bucs are on paper. We know how naturally confident NFL players are. All winning does is boost that confidence. A season sweep against the Saints would give them the exact boost they need. If that happens then anything is possible. Alex Salvarezza: This is definitely a big game. If the Buccaneers can somehow find a way to win on Sunday, they will only be one game out of the playoffs with three weeks left. Do I think they win on Sunday? Absolutely not, but if they pull off another upset win over arguably the best team in the NFL, Dirk Koetter will start to have a pretty good case as to why he should come back for a fourth season.Win or lose, where do the Bucs go from here?BA: As of now, every remaining game is classified as a “must-win” for Tampa Bay. That stays the same with a win over the Saints on Sunday. Win and you give yourself a chance. A victory would have the Bucs at 6-7 with three weeks left, meaning they’d firmly be “in the hunt” during the season’s final stretch. On the flip side, a loss would be too damaging to overcome. A loss drops Tampa Bay to 5-8, which would mean a shift back from playoff talk to conversations about whether or not Dirk Koetter should still be the team’s head coach in January. A loss would mean losing out the rest of the way for a higher draft pick would be better option for the Bucs’ long-term future. These are two extremely different paths we’re looking at Cheap O. J. Howard Jersey , huh?EW: Bailey hit it on the head. Every game is do or die at this juncture in the season. It’s even worth mentioning that Jason Pierre-Paul said the Bucs are in “win or go home” mode earlier in the week. A win keeps the faint playoff hopes alive. A loss all but denies a postseason berth and opens the team back up to speculation as to what will happen after the 2018 season ends. I do think that regardless of whether they win or lose, this team will still fight until the end. They had every reason to give up until this point, but they clearly haven’t. I don’t see why that would change beyond this week. AS: A win makes the game in Baltimore next weekend the biggest of the season and that would continue every week after each win. If the Buccaneers do lose, the last three games will be all about players fighting for spots on the roster next season and more importantly, Dirk Koetter fighting for his job. I believe an 8-8 record would buy him one more season. EW: It still feels like he’s gone unless they make the postseason. Even then, it will still be a toss-up as to whether or not he should stick around. Tampa Bay wins if....BA: They get after Drew Brees and at break even or better in turnover margin. Forcing Brees to make mistakes is extremely difficult. There’s a reason he has 30 touchdown passes to just three interceptions this season. When it comes to getting the ball to receivers quickly, Brees is as good as anyone. But you stand absolutely no chance as a defense if you’re giving him time to sit comfortably in the pocket and go through his progressions at will. The Bucs will need big days from Jason Pierre-Paul, Carl Nassib, Gerald McCoy and the rest of the front seven. If those guys don’t show up, it’s hard to see the secondary surviving.On the offensive side of the ball, the Bucs need to stay away from turning the ball over. Jameis Winston has played back-to-back clean games, not turning the ball over once. He has been smarter with the ball, tucking it and running when he needs to and also taking sacks when necessary. Winston needs to continue making good decisions this week if the Bucs are going to stay in the game and ultimately win it.EW: On defense, Dallas provided the obvious blueprint, which is pressure, but I’m going to add another layer: win in the short-to-intermediate game. Now this will be easier said than done, but the New Orlean’s offense thrives in that range. Whether it’s a screen/dump to Alvin Kamara or an intermediate post to Michael Thomas, if you can take away that area of the field then you will give the Saints trouble. On offense Buccaneers DeSean Jackson Jersey , it has to be the battle at whoever lines up on the outside at wide receiver. Tampa Bay was able to put Mike Evans on Marshon Lattimore on the outside in Week 1, but that matchup will be hard to come by with Desean Jackson out. The Bucs should be able to find plenty of room over the middle, but those outside throws will be key in beating the Saints. AS: Tampa Bay has to win the turnover margin. They cannot break even and they certainly cannot lose in that aspect. The only reason the team came away with victory in week one was because they were plus two in that department. A repeated performance is needed if they have any chance on Sunday. On offense, Jameis Winston must take care of the ball for the third consecutive game and make good decisions. If the team does fall behind early, will he be able to stay the course and not force anything or try and do to much? Yards will come for this offense like they do every week, but you need to stay patient in a game like this and every time they get in the red zone, they have to come away with seven. Tampa Bay loses if....BA: Old issues return. As mentioned above, Winston has been extremely efficient and smart with the ball in Tampa Bay’s back-to-back wins. If he goes back to his previous form and starts forcing throws when he doesn’t need to, the Bucs will absolutely lose. That’s not the only returning issue that would cause a loss. If Tampa Bay’s kicking woes come back, for whatever reason, count on a loss. Since joining the team three weeks ago, Cairo Santos has been money. There’s no reason to think he’d start slipping up now, but we’ve seen too many times in the past what one missed extra point and/or one missed field goal can do in a game. Just like turnovers, the worries in the kicking game need to stay in the past. Otherwise, the Bucs lose and the rest of this season doesn’t matter.EW: Jameis doesn’t have time. If he can’t set his feet and have time to make his reads, then the Bucs don’t stand a chance. The Bucs will have to have success through the air in this game. As much as you want to pound the rock to keep the Saints off the field, the Bucs don’t have a reliable enough ground game to lean on that plan.The Bucs also have to score touchdowns in the red zone. Points will be a necessity and they won’t be able to keep up with the Saints if they’re settling for kicks.AS: The D-line doesn’t get any pressure and the O-line gives up constant pressure. It’s as simple as that.

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