6 Late-Round Sleepers Who Would Be Perfect for the Buccaneers

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6 Late-Round Sleepers Who Would Be Perfect for the Buccaneers
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For all the attention the NFL draft attracts, the players taken in Days 2 and 3 are often overlooked. However, teams are as likely to find a diamond in the rough in the later rounds as they are to bust on a first-round stud.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the midst of a regime overhaul. Head coach Lovie Smith and new general manager Jason Licht are sure to revamp and restructure the organization more to their style.

Some of the Bucs' longtime personnel executives are gone, including director of player personnel Dennis Hickey, who was just hired as general manager of the Miami Dolphins, according to Adam Beasley of The Miami Herald.

It remains to be seen what Smith and Licht have in mind for the make-up of the team. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid added 30 players when he took over there last year. Smith and Licht also may be planning a significant overhaul of the roster.

Key to shaping the new roster will be finding gems in the late rounds of the 2014 draft, like Tampa Bay did last year with running back Mike James. James looked promising in replacing RB Doug Martin, who went down midseason with a shoulder injury.

He gashed the Seattle Seahawks for 158 yards on 28 carries and a passing touchdown(!) in Week 9. Just as he was looking to truly break out, James himself was lost for the season with a broken ankle.

Despite the setback, James proves just how valuable a late-round pick can be when given the opportunity.

Here are six players entering the 2014 NFL draft to whom the Bucs need to seriously consider giving that opportunity.

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