Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Daniel Jeremiah Mocks Running Back to Bucs

Jeremiah is the first analyst from a major publication to link the Buccaneers to a running back with their first-round pick.

Photos of NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's mock draft.

On Thursday, NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah released his second mock draft after unveiling his initial projections at the end of the regular season. In his first mock draft, Jeremiah predicted that the Buccaneers would select Missouri defensive end Charles Harris with the No. 19 pick. His mind has since changed, and Jeremiah now believes Tampa Bay will take a running back with their first-round pick.

Jeremiah has mocked Tennessee's Alvin Kamara to the Bucs, making him the third running back off the board after LSU's Leonard Fournette and Florida State's Dalvin Cook. Jeremiah has Kamara rated as the No. 26 overall prospect in this year's draft class.

"Kamara has ideal size, speed and instincts for the position," Jeremiah wrote. "On inside runs, he has a slashing running style and the ability to get skinny through the hole. His lateral quickness is off the charts and he gets up to top speed in a hurry. He has surprising power at all three levels. Against Vanderbilt, he broke six tackles on the same play. He has the speed to get the edge on outside runs and he's very elusive in space.

"He is dangerous in the passing game. He has natural hands and has shown the ability to make special catches (see one-handed grab vs. Texas A&M). The major knock on Kamara is the lack of carries he had during his college career; he's never carried the ball more than 18 times. However, he has an elite skill set and could end up being the best running back in the entire draft class."

CBS Sports' Rob Rang lists his predictions for the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

While Jeremiah is the first major draft analyst to project a running back to the Bucs in the first round, the fans have been pushing for another ball-carrier as the weeks have gone by. More than 9,000 fans have voted in Buccaneers.com's poll, and the majority of them (35.6 percent) believe that the Bucs will take a running back in the first round while 34.3 percent hope the team will draft a wide receiver.

In the Bucs' latest Mock Draft Roundup, five defensive linemen were listed along with two tight ends, a wide receiver and a safety. To view the Mock Draft Roundup, click HERE.

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