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Tampa Bay will select first overall in NFL draft
Tampa Bay will select first overall 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...

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