The Buccaneers spent a couple of second-day selections on offensive linemen, so this pick might seem curious. However, Laremy Tunsil is the best player available, and the tackle position isn't completely resolved. Demar Dotson will be heading into his contract season at this time next year, while Donovan Smith's best place might be at guard.
Rd. 2, Pk. 5
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh
The Buccaneers are keeping Doug Martin around for another year, but unless he reverts back to his rookie form, he won't be around much longer. A new running back will be needed.
Obviously, Tampa Bay's offensive line is a work in progress. The Bucs need to continue to bring in talent up front to make Jameis Winston's job a lot easier. I think Donovan Smith would be better off at right tackle or guard in the NFL.
Tunsil has a ton of natural talent to be a blind-side protector. He was dominant in 2014 and arguably the best left tackle in the nation. Not only does Tunsil shut down pass-rushers, he gets movement in the ground game. Tunsil (6-5, 305) was one of the top recruits in the nation coming out of high school. As a freshman, he validated the hype when he broke into the starting lineup and became an All-SEC Second-Team selection by the AP. The conference's coaches had him as an All-Freshman performer, and he was also named a Freshman All-American according to many media outlets.
Pick change; previously Joey Bosa, DE
Rd. 2, Pk. 6
Robert Nkemdiche, DE/3-4DE, Ole Miss
After the 2015 season, the Bucs will probably be in need of more offensive line help and edge-rush talent. Michael Johnson was one and done in Tampa Bay, while Adrian Clayborn and DaQuan Bowers were busts. The Buccaneers need a pass-rushing end to pair with Gerald McCoy.
Nkemdiche was considered to be the No. 1 player in the nation in the 2013 recruiting class. As a freshman, he totaled 34 tackles with two sacks and eight tackles for a loss. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder has tons of physical talent with speed and athleticism. He could grow into a defensive tackle. In 2014, Nkemdiche recorded 35 tackles with two sacks. He flashed, but lacked consistency. Perhaps that will come as a junior.