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A look at the top prospects available at each position

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in the upcoming NFL draft (x-denotes early entrant):OFFENSEQUARTERBACKSPosition outlook: This is a quarterback draft. There could be as many as six taken in the first round and five in the first 15 picks. It's not crazy to come up with a scenario where four quarterbacks are taken in the first five picks.x-Sam Darnold , 6-3, 220, USCStrengths: Excellent arm, good size and can make accurate throws — or the occasional positive run — when the pocket breaks down. Works his progressions.Weaknesses: Ball security. Ball security. Ball security.Fact: His grandfather, Dick Hammer, was an Olympic volleyball player and an actor who played the Marlboro Man.Gone by: Pick No. 3.x-Josh Rosen, 6-4, 226, UCLAStrengths: Polished passer with excellent mechanics and nice touch.Weaknesses: Durability issues in college. Will force plays unnecessarily.Fact: Was an elite youth tennis player.Gone by: Top five or so.Baker Mayfield, 6-1, 215, OklahomaStrengths: Accuracy, competiveness, and command of the offense. Gets the ball out quickly and decisively.Weaknesses: Undersized. Elusiveness and mobility that was a plus in college might not translate to the NFL.Fact: Went from walk-on to 2017 Heisman Trophy winner. Plus, had two other top-five Heisman finishes.Gone by: Pick 15.Josh Allen, 6-5, 233, WyomingStrengths: Arm strength, athleticism, size. It's all ideal.Weaknesses: Accuracy and ability to change speed on his throws while still being on target.Fact: Had no major college scholarship offers coming out of high school.Gone by: Top 10.x-Lamar Jackson, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, LouisvilleStrengths: All the arm a team would need, plus speed and elusiveness unlike anything the NFL has seen from a top quarterback prospect since Mike Vick.Weaknesses: Repeatable and consistent throwing mechanics for reliable accuracy.Fact: Won the Heisman Trophy in 2016 and finished third in 2017 voting.Gone by: First 20 picks.Mason Rudolph, 6-5, 235, Oklahoma StateStrengths: Size, strength, and ability — and willingness — to throw deep.Weaknesses: Limited mobility. Was asked to make limited reads in the offense.Fact: Completion percentage and yards per pass increased each of last three seasons.Gone by: Early second round, but could be sixth first-round QB.Others to watch: Luke Falk, Washington State; Kyle Lauletta, Richmond; Mike White, Western Kentucky.RUNNING BACKSPosition outlook: Saquon Barkley is the No. 1 player on a lot of experts' boards, but there are several backs that could provide great value outside the first 20 picks.x-Saquon Barkley, 6-0, 233, Penn StateStrengths: Quick feet, sharp cuts, top-end speed , powerful lower body, solid pass catcher, willing blocker and, by all accounts, excellent work ethic.Weaknesses: The one knock: He needs to use that power to run through more tacklers and push piles forward.Fact: The first Penn State player to reach 3,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving.Gone by: Browns at No. 4.Sony Michel, 5-11, 220, GeorgiaStrengths: Three-down back with good speed, decent receiving skills and ability to pass protect.Weaknesses: Limited shiftiness.Fact: Ran for 3,638 yards in four seasons at Georgia while mostly sharing carries with Nick Chubb.Gone by: Middle of second round.x-Derrius Guice, 5-10, 212, LSUStrengths: Runs violently once he breaks the line of scrimmage and has breakaway speed.Weaknesses: Some durability concerns. Might not be a three-down back.Fact: Set an SEC record with three career 250-yard games.Gone by: Middle of second round.x-Ronald Jones II, 5-11, 200, USCStrengths: Darting, tough runner who finishes runs by falling forward.Weaknesses: His style at that size could limit him in NFL.Fact: Broke Charles White's USC freshman rushing record in 2015.Gone by: Late second round.Others to watch: Nick Chubb, Georgia; Rashaad Penny, San Diego State; Kerryon Johnson, Auburn.WIDE RECEIVERSPosition outlook: No first-round locks, but expect at least one or two to go on Day 1.x-Calvin Ridley, 6-0, 189, AlabamaStrengths: Game-breaking speed and explosive out of his cuts.Weakness: Slender. Can he play through contact at the line?Fact: Surpassed 1,000 yards receiving as a freshman, but limited passing game by Alabama held his numbers down in 2016 and '17.Gone by: Top-25 pick, likely first receiver taken.Courtland Sutton, 6-3, 218, SMUStrengths: Big, physical red-zone target.Weaknesses: Possession receiver-type speed.Fact: Was recruited as a defensive back out of high school.Gone by: A need-and-fit pick who could slip to third round.x-D.J. Moore, 6-0, 210, MarylandStrengths: Elusive after the catch. Excelled with underwhelming quarterback play.Weaknesses: Needs to improve on catching contested passes.Fact: Big Ten receiver of the year in 2017 while catching passes from four quarterbacks.Gone by: Middle of second round.x-Christian Kirk, 5-10, 200, Texas A&MStrengths: Good hands and slippery runner. Could be a game-breaking return man.Weakness: Size could limit him to slot receiver.Fact: Returned six punts and one kickoff for touchdowns in three seasons at A&M.Gone by: End of second round.Others to watch: James Washington , Oklahoma State; D.J. Chark, LSU; Dante Pettis, Washington.TIGHT ENDSPosition outlook: Some intriguing athletes and potential receiving mismatches, but no early-off-the-board picks.Mike Gesicki, 6-5, 247, Penn StateStrengths: Big-time athlete who can make plays downfield.Weaknesses: Blocking needs a lot of work.Fact: A highlight-reel dunker on the basketball court.Gone by: Maybe Day 1. Maybe Day 2.Dallas Goedert, 6-5, 255, South Dakota StateStrengths: Was used effectively all over the field.Weaknesses: Needs to refine route running and be a more physical blocker.Fact: Two-time AP FCS All-American.Gone by: Middle of second round.x-Hayden Hurst, 6-4, 250, South CarolinaStrengths: Good hands. Powerful runner.Weaknesses: At 24, concerns that he has limited ceiling.Fact: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 17th round in 2012, played two seasons of minor league baseball before college football.Gone by: Late second round.Others to watch: x-Mark Andrews, Oklahoma; Ian Thomas, Indiana; Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin.OFFENSIVE TACKLESPosition outlook: A lack of clear left tackle prospects and some tackles who might have to move to guard.Mike McGlinchey, 6-8, 312, Notre DameStrengths: Good athlete, solid technique and team leader.Weaknesses: Could use more bulk and might be better suited for right tackle.Fact: Four-year starter.Gone by: Top-20 pick.x-Kolton Miller, 6-9, 310, UCLAStrengths: Length, quickness and effort.Weaknesses: Pass protection technique needs work.Fact: Only played one season at left tackle in college.Gone by: Middle of second round.x-Connor Williams, 6-5, 320, TexasStrengths: Good footwork and strong technique with his hands.Weaknesses: Size and power issues have led to projections as a guard.Fact: Missed much of last season with a knee injury, but played like an elite prospect in 2016.Gone by: Late second round.x-Orlando Brown, OklahomaStrengths: Massive man who plays with a healthy mean streak.Weaknesses: Lacks athleticism across the board.Fact: Brown's late father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, played 11 seasons in the NFL.Gone by: Bad combine. Better pro day. Difficult to predict when he goes. Late Round 1? Day 3?Tyrell Crosby, 6-5, 325, OregonStrengths: Gets good push off the line as a run blocker.Weaknesses: Pass protection technique could land him at guard.Fact: A foot injury cost him much of his junior season or he would likely already be in the NFL.Gone by: End of Day 2.Others to watch: Martinas Rankin, Mississippi State; x-Brian O'Neill; Pittsburgh; Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan.GUARDSPosition outlook: Not a position that NFL teams see as great draft value, but the top players here are probably better prospects than the top tackles.Quenton Nelson Womens Gerald McCoy Jersey , 6-5, 329, Notre DameStrengths: Maybe the most likely to succeed of any player in this draft class. Powerful, tenacious and sound.Weaknesses: Not much to complain about. Could do better at getting off the line and getting to second level.Fact: Watch Nelson block and expect to see plenty of defenders being pushed to the ground.Gone by: Pick 10. And that would probably be about five picks too low.Will Hernandez, 6-2, 345, UTEPStrengths: Quick feet for a massive and powerful player.Weaknesses: A little short in height and arm length.Fact: Four-year starter.Gone by: Top-40 pick.Isaiah Wynn, 6-3, 313, GeorgiaStrengths: Good athleticism and attitude.Weaknesses: Power to drive defenders off the line could use improvement.Fact: Played left tackle last season and did it well, but that height makes him an NFL guard.Gone by: Versatility gets him off the board in top 75 picks.Others to watch: Braden Smith, Auburn; Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech; Austin Corbett, Nevada.CENTERSPosition outlook: A few low-risk prospects who could step into starting roles right away.Billy Price, 6-4, 312, Ohio StateStrengths: Very strong. Very aggressive. Played at lot of guard with the Buckeyes, too.Weaknesses: That aggressiveness can lead to sloppiness.Fact: Started a school-record 55 games at Ohio State.Gone by: End of second round.x-James Daniels, 6-3, 295, IowaStrengths: Quick off the line and into linebackers.Weaknesses: Straight-up, one-on-one power could be a problem.Fact: Played with brother, running back LeShun Daniels, during first two seasons at Iowa.Gone by: Early second round.Frank Ragnow, ArkansasStrengths: Big and powerful with good awareness.Weaknesses: Lacks great athleticism.Fact: Ragnow's father, Jon, died of a heart attack during the 2016 football season. Frank managed to play, and play well, through the season.Gone by: End of third round.Others to watch: Bradley Bozeman, Alabama; Mason Cole, Michigan; x-Will Clapp, LSU.Buccaneers of the Week: vs. Philadelphia After every game, we’ll break down the Buccaneers’ top five players of the week. Point values will be distributed to each, which will then be added up for our weekly Buccaneers of the Week Standings.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 2-0. That’s right, there was no letdown for Dirk Koetter and his team after last week’s season-opening 48-40 win in New Orleans. They came back to Raymond James Stadium on Sunday and took down the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 27-21. Let’s dive into the top five Bucs from week two.Honorable MentionsAny time you win a game in the NFL, especially against a team like the Eagles, it takes more than five big performances. Unfortunately, there will always be some deserving players that miss this weekly list. Some just need to be talked about, so that’s where we are here. For Sunday’s win over Philadelphia Womens Donovan Smith Jersey , some honorable mentions include: O.J. Howard (three catches for 96 yards and a touchdown), Chris Godwin (five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown), Ryan Smith (nine tackles, two passes defended), Lavonte David (nine tackles, one pass breakup, one fumble recovery) and Gerald McCoy (one sack, two quarterback hits).No. 5: Mike Evans (One point)Mike Evans had another big day on Sunday, his second straight, but a couple of mistakes kept him from potentially being higher on this week’s list. A dropped pass that killed one drive and a fumble that allowed the Eagles to get back in the game were low points of what was otherwise a great performance. The fifth-year receiver caught 10 passes on 12 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the win. Evans picked up a couple of milestones on Sunday. He pulled into second place in franchise history for career receptions and tied the team record for most career receiving touchdowns. The 2014 first-rounder has been a stud in the first two games, being the Bucs’ reliable go-to guy. With so many other dangerous pass-catchers on this roster, it was uncertain how many targets Evans would be getting. But through two weeks, the number of weapons on the offense has effectively pulled some of the defense’s attention away from Evans. He hasn’t missed an opportunity to take advantage of that.No. 4: Jason Pierre-Paul (Two points)There was a lot of excitement when Tampa Bay traded for Jason Pierre-Paul in March. The pass rush in 2017 was horrible and that acquisition was part of the front office’s effort to turn things around. Pierre-Paul did some nice things throughout the preseason and was okay in week one, but week two belonged to him. The ninth-year veteran picked up five tackles, his first sack of the season and delivered four quarterback hits.The Bucs need that type of disruption from their defensive line this season, especially with the injuries and overall youth of the secondary. Opposing quarterbacks will want to pick on the rookies and inexperienced starters as much as possible, but it becomes harder to do that when a guy like JPP is hawking you down at every turn. He is a huge asset for this defensive line that has already looked much-improved over last year. Watching the former South Florida Bull come out at Raymond James Stadium and have such a big day should have Buccaneer fans feeling very good about what he’ll do throughout the rest of this season. No. 3: Kwon Alexander (Three points)The opening drive of the 2018 season was a tough one for Kwon Alexander. Ever since, he has been the guy that the Bucs have gotten used to over the past few years. After having a pretty good day overall against the Saints, Alexander was all over the field on Sunday against the Eagles. By the end of the day, he had seven tackles (six solo), one sack-fumble and three tackles for loss. Tampa Bay would love some more of that.Given the state of their secondary, the Bucs need to be strong against the run. Kwon is a big part of that, so his successful day on Sunday was huge for the unit. Philadelphia ran for 91 yards, which marked the second straight game that the Buccaneer defense held the opposition to fewer than 100 yards on the ground. 2018 is a big year for Alexander’s future, as he is expected to get a contract extension sooner rather than later. With more days like he had on Sunday, that payday will get bigger and bigger. For now, the former LSU Tiger debuts on Buccaneers of the Week with three points.No. 2: DeSean Jackson (Four points)If not for the top entry on this week’s list, it would be easy to crown DeSean Jackson as the team’s MVP for the first two weeks of this season. A largely disappointing 2017 season seems like a distant memory after just two regular season games in 2018. Jackson caught five passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns against New Orleans in week one, then picked up right where he left off by opening Sunday’s game against Philadelphia with a 75-yard touchdown catch. Overall, he caught four passes for 129 yards and the touchdown. The 75-yard touchdown catch on the game’s first play tied D-Jax with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice for most career touchdown receptions of 60-plus yards. It was the 31-year-old’s 23rd such reception of his career and it came against his former team. This year, Jackson has been the deep threat that the Bucs had hoped he would be. He obviously has a strong connection with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the team has to hope that he has developed the same type of chemistry with Jameis Winston—whenever he does return. It’s clear through two weeks that Jackson still has plenty left in the tank, as he takes a top-three spot on this list once again.No. 1: Ryan Fitzpatrick (Five points)Obviously. Just like last week, there is no other choice for the top guy on this list. Ryan Fitzpatrick was dominant for a second straight game, tearing up a tough Philadelphia defense for 402 yards and four touchdowns on 27-of-33 passing. His first interception of the year came on a pass that should have been caught by O.J. Howard, so that has no effect on where the 14th-year veteran stands this week. He is simply on another level right now. Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback IN NFL HISTORY to throw for 400-plus yards and four touchdowns in each of his team’s first two games of the season. He leads the NFL in passer rating (151.5) and has thrown for a total of 819 yards and eight touchdowns. All of that has happened in two games. No wonder he’s out there rubbing beards with Evan Smith pregame and taking DeSean Jackson’s clothes for his postgame press conference.Fitzmagic, folks.Updated Buccaneers of the Week Standings through week two:Ryan Fitzpatrick— 10 pointsDeSean Jackson— 7 pointsMike Evans— 5 pointsKwon Alexander— 3 points(TIE) Offensive Line/Jason Pierre-Paul— 2 pointsVernon Hargreaves— 1 point

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