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5 Prospects to Watch in the Second Round

A few prospects to keep an eye on in the second round of this year's NFL Draft.'s Daniel Jeremiah's predictions for the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

1. C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
There is no guarantee that Kelly lasts until the second round, and for good reason. Most consider the former Alabama center to be the best draft prospect at his position, but the value for a center and depth in this year's class have resulted in him being graded as a late-first or early-second-round pick. The Buccaneers picked up two starters along the offensive line in last year's draft, so adding up another starting-caliber player this year would give Tampa Bay a promising young core up front for the next several seasons.

2. DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky
Spence has been graded all over the board this spring, from a top-ten pick to a second-rounder. The two positions the Buccaneers have been linked to most commonly are cornerback and defensive end. Should Spence still be on the board when the Bucs pick at No. 39 and if the team hasn't picked a pass-rusher in the first round, Tampa Bay could acquire a top-ten caliber player without using their lone top-ten pick on him. That is – if he falls out of the first round.


  1. DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss**
    Nkemdiche is pretty much in the same boat as Spence: he has tremendous physical ability, but off-the-field issues have hurt his stock. In his latest mock draft, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah has Nkemdiche falling out of the first round. Defensive tackle isn't necessarily a need for the Buccaneers, but if Nkemdiche is available, he would be hard to pass up.

4. DE Carl Nassib, Penn State
Unlike Kelly, Spence and Nkemdiche, Nassib will almost certainly be available when the Buccaneers pick at No. 39 in the second round. He's somewhat raw, but the 6-foot-7 former walk-on recorded 15.5 sacks in 2015, the most in a single season in Penn State history, and won the Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation's top linebacker or lineman. He also earned the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the best defensive end in the country.

5. S Karl Joseph, West Virginia
Joseph could be the best safety in the draft, but like Kelly, may still be available in the second round. The former Mountaineer led the nation in interceptions through four games this season, but his senior season was cut short after tearing his ACL in practice. While rehabbing from the injury, Joseph has been unable to participate in pre-draft workouts, but some scouts feel he's a first-round prospect regardless. If he falls to the second round, the value may be too good to pass up.

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