The National Football League's annual selection meeting is finally here and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it may be one of the most important in franchise history.
Jobs are on the line and the franchise's hopes for a return to competitive football could be decided in the next few days.
Reading the tea leaves and looking into my crystal ball, these are the ten players I believe are most likely to become Buccaneers.
The Buccaneers absolutely love the little dynamo from 'Ole Miss. The latest in multi-purpose running backs, McCluster has the skills to dominate both in the rushing and receiving game, becoming the first player in SEC history to rush for over 1,000 yards and have over 500 yards receiving. McCluster rushed 304 times for 1,955 yards and 15 touchdowns. He hauled in 130 passes for 1,703 yards and seven touchdowns out of the backfield and as a slot receiver.
Endorsed by quarterback Josh Freeman, Jordan Shipley is a favorite among a very deep wide receiver class to become a Buccaneer.
As one of Colt McCoy's top targets, Shipley put up a great season with 116 receptions for 1,485 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Brandon Spikes was once one of the top linebacking prospects in this year's draft class. Then a horrible 40 yard dash time (5.0) ruined his chances of being a first-round draft pick.
His 40 time doesn't matter to Tampa Bay; his tackling, instincts, and leadership skills seem to outweigh that for the Buccaneers.
If Spikes is still there in the third or fourth round, he may trade his Gator orange and Blue for the Bucs' Pewter and Red.
At the Senior Bowl, Tampa Bay spent a lot of time studying Rutgers CB Devin McCourty. McCourty had 238 tackles with 27 passes broken up and six interceptions with the Scarlett Knights and played well at the Senior Bowl.
A bigger, physical corner at 5'11", 193 lbs., McCourty was at his best in the zone defense but still displayed the ability to provide blanket coverage.
A Heisman Trophy finalist, many see Mike Alstott in Toby Gerhart. However, while Gerhart is one of the most dominant inside runners in college football, he is much more of an athlete than Alstott ever was.
Gerhart had a terrific run at Stanford, rushing 671 times for 3,522 yards (5.2 avg.) and 44 touchdowns. He also was a weapon out of the backfield, hauling in 39 passes.
If the Bucs pass on Gerhart and McCluster, they have spent a lot of time investigating controversial Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount.
Blount is a big bruising back in the mold of Brandon Jacobs. Blount spent most of the season on the sideline after punching out a Boise State player during Oregon's season opening loss.
The previous season Blount rushed for 1,002 yards and 17 touchdowns on 137 carries.
With Tanard Jackson one relapse away from a year long suspension and the sub-par play of Sabby Piscitelli, safety remains one of the weakest positions on the team despite the signing of free agent Sean Jones.
One player who knows the field of Raymond James Stadium is USF's Nate Allen. An athletic safety with good instincts, Allen had 226 tackles, 12 passes defensed, and nine interceptions during his Bulls career.
Production is the name of the game for Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate. Another possible first-round selection, the Bucs are hoping Tate makes it to their first pick in the second round.
In his final season with the Irish, Tate put up 93 catches for 1,496 yards and 15 scores.
Many compare his game to Carolina uber-receiver Steve Smith.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are absolutely in love with TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes and it looked good for the Bucs that Hughes would be there in the second round for them.
Hughes has recently gotten a late push and now may sneak into the back of the first round.
Why? Perhaps it's his 28.5 career sacks and 40.5 tackles for a loss in 49 games.
Suh or McCoy. McCoy or Suh. NFL experts have debated and compared the two top defensive tackles in the NFL draft.
The Buccaneers' top player on the board is without question Suh, who some regard may be a once-in-a-decade type player.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, Suh may be gone before their third selection, but for the Bucs, Gerald McCoy isn't that bad of a consolation prize.
The big tackle from Oklahoma is the prototypical three technique DT in the Tampa Two defense, drawing comparisons to former Bucs superstar Warren Sapp.