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Draft's defensive line depth could help Bucs in 2nd round

The undrafted options after Thursday's 31 picks include a lot of names projected as potential first-rounders , including Eastern Kentucky defensvie end Noah Spence.

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The undrafted options after Thursday's 31 picks include a lot of names projected as potential first-rounders , including Eastern Kentucky defensvie end Noah Spence.

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With cornerback Vernon Hargreaves addressing one defensive need for the Bucs in the first round Thursday, the draft's depth of talent on the defensive line could serve Tampa Bay well, with many top ends and tackles likely available when they pick again at No. 39.

The undrafted options after Thursday's 31 picks include a lot of names projected as potential first-rounders -- should the Bucs go with defensive end, they still have Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah and Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence, both once considered as options for Tampa Bay at No. 9. Clemson's Kevin Dodd is also still available, as is Michigan State's Shilique Calhoun. After the Bucs picked at 11, only one defensive end -- Clemson's Shaq Lawson -- went in the next 20 picks.

Should the Bucs want to draft a defensive tackle and upgrade their interior, the remaining options are arguably even stronger -- Alabama's A'Shawn Robinson, Mississippi State's Chris Jones, Alabama's Jarran Reed, Florida's Jonathan Bullard and Baylor's Andrew Billings.

And if the Bucs want to address other positional needs, there are impressive names -- offensive tackles like Indiana's Jason Spriggs, linebackers like Alabama's Reggie Ragland, and receivers like Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Michael Thomas.

Could Mike Glennon be traded on Friday? Denver took themselves off the quarterback market by dealing up to No. 26 and drafting Memphis' Paxton Lynch, and no other quarterbacks were drafted, so the Bucs are still battling with available rookie talent as they try to deal Glennon for a draft pick. The Jets haven't taken a quarterback yet, and until they do, they'll remain a top option for Glennon if he's dealt.

[Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2016 3:52pm]

    

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