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5 Prospects to Watch on Day 2 of Draft

A few players to keep an eye on during the second and third rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft.


A look at Mike Mayock's top 100 NFL prospects.

  1. RB Dalvin Cook**
    In's Mock Draft Poll, the overwhelming majority of fans felt that Tampa Bay would select a running back with their first-round pick, and the most popular name associated with the Bucs at No. 19 was Cook. The Bucs ended up taking Alabama tight end O.J. Howard and, with the second round set to begin on Friday night, Cook is still on the board. It's highly unlikely Cook will be available past the second round, and there's a chance he's gone when the Buccaneers make their pick at No. 50.

2. G Forrest Lamp considered Lamp to be the best guard in this year's draft class. Just two offensive linemen were taken in the first round – Utah's Garrett Bolles and Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk. With Ali Marpet moving over to center, Lamp could be a good fit for the Bucs at right guard. At the very least, he would provide depth behind Kevin Pamphile and Evan Smith.


  1. OT Cam Robinson**
    It's a surprise to see Robinson fall out of the first round, and tackle isn't necessarily a position of need for the Buccaneers. But by sticking to their draft boards and taking the best player available, it's possible Robinson could end up with the Buccaneers. Demar Dotson, the Bucs' starter at right tackle, is 31 and the Buccaneers lost their third offensive tackle when Gosder Cherilus retired. Robinson would add youth and depth to an already young offensive line.

4. S Budda Baker
The Bucs added standout safety J.J. Wilcox during free agency and re-signed Chris Conte, a starter in 2016, during the spring. But the Bucs did lose Bradley McDougald, who started alongside Conte a year ago. Wilcox and Conte appear to be the projected starters for 2017, but are 26 and 28, respectively. Baker is just 21 and is often compared to Seattle All-Pro Earl Thomas. If he's available when the Buccaneers make their second-round pick, he's worth considering.

5. CB Sidney Jones
Jones is an interesting prospect to project because injuries have caused him to fall further than many initially expected. When fully healthy, he could potentially have been a first-round pick. But he reportedly won't be full speed for four to six months and probably won't be a key contributor during his rookie season. With Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves on the roster, Jones wouldn't have to rush back to the field. As a long-term investment, he's well-worth a third-round pick.

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