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9-7, 2nd in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Source tells me Illinois linebacker Hardy Nickerson, Jr. is signing with the Bengals. Son of former Bucs great Hardy Nickerson. Reports of him signing with the Rams are false.

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Vote: How did the Buccaneers do in the draft?

It will be years before we can accurately assess the Bucs' 2017 rookie class, but it's time to weigh in on how well the team used its draft resources.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs are signing Iowa cornerback Greg Mabin, according to his agents.

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Bucs add speed and physicality on Day 3 (1:08)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Bucs' picks in the 2017 NFL draft: 1. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama; 2. Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M; 3. Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State; 4. Kendell Beckwith, LB, LSU; 5. Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State; 6. Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, DT, USC.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I'm told Arizona linebacker Paul Magloire is signing with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent. They were considering him in the seventh round too. Good relationship with linebackers coach Mark Duffner.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked head coach Dirk Koetter what he wants the Bucs' identity to be after two drafts and free agency periods. His response? "A badass football team."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that Jeremy McNichols had shoulder surgery right after the combine to repair a torn labrum. He believes he'll be ready for training camp.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

No one was happier than Kwon Alexander when the Bucs selected fellow former LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith. "He actually sent me a text message with a picture of a goat in it," said general manager Jason Licht. "I don't know if I'd go that far."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs general manager Jason Licht on drafting OJ Howard: "We're still coming off that high. Hopefully we don't come off that high for another decade."

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Tu'Ikolovatu gives Bucs size on D-line

Stevie Tu'ikolovatu is a massive and powerful two-down space-eater who will instantly upgrade Tampa Bay's interior run defense. His weight and diet will need to be monitored.

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Despite carrying 331 pounds, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu posted 53 tackles (29 solo) as a senior at USC. He also had six tackles for loss and two sacks in 2015.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

After trading up into the seventh round, the Bucs have selected USC defensive tackle Stevie Tu'kolovatu (223rd overall). They gave up this year's and next year's seventh-round picks.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs have just moved up in the seventh round and are now on the clock.

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Rivers among NFL veteran fantasy winners with new draftees (2:09)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I asked Jeremy McNichols what it was like getting that phone call from the Bucs. "I feel like the world got off my shoulders, honestly. These last four or five months have been really stressful for me. Just getting the call, it's like all my hard work and everything going into this is done now. But it's not finished. It's just a new beginning."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Jeremy McNichols on Dirk Koetter: "It was just really comforting knowing that he coached at Boise State and had some of our coaches as players." Also said he played receiver three years in high school and for one year in college, so he's very comfortable there.

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Bucs add depth at RB in Round 5

There are concerns about Jeremy McNichols' injury history and ball security, but he's an offensive weapon with the burst and versatility to develop into an effective complementary back. He figures to make substantial contributions on third down.

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Jeremy McNichols brings production in spades to Tampa Bay, as he tallied 3,048 rushing yards and 43 rushing scores over the last two seasons. What's more, he also snagged 88 passes for 934 yards and 10 touchdowns in that span.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

With their fifth-round pick (No. 162), the Bucs select Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols. Yes, you heard right. Another Boise State running back, but he's versatile and can bring a lot to the receiving game and as a kick returner.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucknell offensive tackle Julien Davenport heads to Houston in the fourth round (130th pick). Bucs spent some time with him pre-draft and were interested in bringing in as a right tackle. Could use some depth there after Gosder Cherilus' retirement.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs fans still holding out hope for a running back: Oklahoma's Sam Perine just went to Washington.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs used their fourth-round pick yesterday (No. 19 and 125th overall) in a trade with the Jets to move back into the third round to draft LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwith. Interesting move considering Beckwith is coming off a torn ACL. They do need some depth there though.

Team Stats

Passing Yards245.416th
Rushing Yards101.024th
Points For22.0Tied-18th
Points Against23.115th

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