Tampa Bay will select first overall in NFL draft

Tampa Bay Bucs will have first pick in NFL draft

Paging Marcus Mariota. . . .

With their 23-20 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, the 2-14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers secured the No. 1 pick in this spring’s NFL draft.

A top candidate for that spot is Mariota, the Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner. Tampa Bay has all sorts of needs, but a quarterback and a pass rusher are most pressing.

The Buccaneers last had the top pick in 1987 and took Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde.

Tennessee, which lost to Indianapolis to finish 2-14, will draft second.

The New York Jets, Jacksonville and Oakland came into Sunday’s games at 3-12, but could not have vaulted into one of the top two spots -- even if Tampa Bay and Tennessee had won -- because of superior strength of schedule.

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