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2017 NFL Draft

  1. Undrafted ex-Nature Coast Tech RB Matt Breida gets free agent deal with 49ers

    College

    SPRING HILL

    Thirteen hours into the biggest event of his life, Matt Breida began to accept what seemed inevitable.

    After a tense wait that included drawing interest from 17 teams and answering 49ers questions about his senior season at Georgia Southern, Breida shares his good news with a friend.
  2. Intriguing stories among Bucs' undrafted rookie signings

    Blogs

    One consistent storyline each year on "Hard Knocks" is the drama of long shots trying to grab the final spots on a team's 53-man roster, and undrafted rookies are usually a big part of that underdog story.

  3. NFL draft: Mr. Irrelevant title has gained in relevance

    Bucs

    PHILADELPHIA — Cam Quayle went on to be a dentist. Bill Kenney was elected a state senator in Missouri. Ryan Hoag appeared on the television reality show The Bachelorette. Marty Moore played in a Super Bowl.

    Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly is sacked during a loss to FSU in the 2016 season. He was the final pick of the 2017 NFL draft, becoming Mr. Irrelevant. [Associated Press]

  4. Bucs meet goal of adding speed in NFL draft

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The goal still is written on a grease board in Jason Licht's office. The Bucs general manager left it there after a meeting several months ago as a constant reminder that his team had a need for speed.

    Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin, the Bucs’ third-round draft choice, runs a 4.42 40 at 6-1, 209 pounds.
  5. NFL draft: Browns take UF's Caleb Brantley, with no appetite for error

    Sports

    TAMPA — Tentatively, Caleb Brantley is a Brown.

    WAIT IS OVER: USF tailback Marlon Mack has to wait a while before going to the Colts in the fourth round, the first Bull to be taken before the fifth round since Kayvon Webster in 2013. Teammates Rodney Adams and Kofi Amichia were also selected.
  6. Bucs journal: Jeremy McNichols hopes to continue NFL success of Boise State RBs

    Sports

    TAMPA — Jeremy McNichols, the Bucs' fifth-round pick, sounds a lot like another Bucs running back from Boise State — he and Doug Martin are both 5 feet 9 and from California, with prolific careers for the Broncos.

    Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols rushed for 1,709 yards and 23 TDs last season, and 1,337 and 20 the year before.
  7. Florida Gators' Caleb Brantley falls to Cleveland Browns in sixth round

    Blogs

    Former Florida Gators defensive lineman Caleb Brantley was drafted Saturday by the Browns with the first pick of the sixth round, even as he faces a criminal investigation into

  8. Bucs get their RB: Boise State's Jeremy McNichols

    Blogs

    After two days and five rounds, the Bucs have drafted a running back, using their fifth-round pick on Boise State's Jeremy McNichols, who rushed for 1,709 yards and 23 touchdowns last season.

  9. Bucs trade up into 3rd for LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith

    Blogs

    The Bucs squeezed in a buzzer-beater on Friday night, trading up to get the final pick in the third round and using it to select LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith.

    Kendell Beckwith won't be immediately available to the Bucs, as he tore his ACL in November in a game against Florida and underwent surgery.
  10. UCF, Lakewood star Shaquill Griffin drafted by Seattle Seahawks

    Blogs

    Former UCF defensive back and Lakewood High star Shaquill Griffin was chosen in the third round of the NFL draft when the Seahawks chose him with the No. 90 overall pick Friday night.