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What could Bucs hope for at No. 9 in NFL draft?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) fumbles after catching a short pass as he is tackled by Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) (left) with Carolina cornerback Bene Benwikere (25) recovering the fumble during the final minutes of the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday (09/07/14). The turn over ended the Bucs attempt for a comeback as they were defeated with a final score of 20 to 14. DIRK SHADD   |   Times  


Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey (43) fumbles after catching a short pass as he is tackled by Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly (59) (left) with Carolina cornerback Bene Benwikere (25) recovering the fumble during the final minutes of the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday (09/07/14). The turn over ended the Bucs attempt for a comeback as they were defeated with a final score of 20 to 14. DIRK SHADD | Times

Should the Bucs keep their top pick, it would mark the first time in their 40 years that they use the No. 9 overall draft pick. The No. 9 slot hasn't been all that successful in NFL history — the best recent picks at 9 were Carolina getting LB Luke Kuechly in 2012 and Chicago getting LB Brian Urlacher in 2000. Otherwise, there are arguably more busts than successes.

What could Bucs hope for at No. 9 in NFL draft? 04/27/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 7:23pm]
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