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Mel Kiper Predicts Bucs' Top 3 Picks

The ESPN analyst makes his prediction for who the Bucs will select in rounds one, two and three.

A countdown of the top 50 overall players in the 2015 NFL Draft as ranked by NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.(Note: this list has been updated to reflect Jeremiah's most recent rankings.)

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Since the end of the 2014 season, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper has been cranking out mock draft after mock draft. But all of Kiper's mocks have been for just the first round. Earlier this week, he expanded his mock draft to include each team's first three picks.

As has been his position for most of the offseason, Kiper believes the Buccaneers will take Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. In his expanded draft, Kiper has the Bucs selecting Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries in the second round and Florida State defensive end Mario Edwards in the third round.

"There's no debate in my war room about the No. 1 pick," Kiper wrote. "It's not just because I think Winston is more NFL-ready than any other QB in the draft, and thus it serves me as GM to take him and perhaps help my own job security; it's about talent, and I'm willing to bet on Winston's here. We make this pick and start planning with the goal of Winston as our Week 1 starter. I think we have the weapons to help him succeed early."

The Mock Draft Roundup agrees with Kiper. Winston has been the consensus pick since February.

"We also have a clear need for a tackle," Kiper added, "and I'm happy to see Humphries available at No. 34, though I would have taken Jake Fisher ahead of him (the Titans grabbed him at No. 33). Humphries could push to start at right tackle."

"Edwards isn't a great pass-rusher, but I think he's really tough to move in the run game and is a pretty good value at No. 65. My reasoning for having WR as a need is that that depth chart looks much different if either Vincent Jackson (now 32 years old) or Mike Evans is on the shelf for any period of time."

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