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Who would think one punch could turn into a blessing in disguise? That's what happened when LeGarrette Blount, then a running back for Oregon, decked Boise State's Byron Hout after the opener of the 2009 season.
Blount then went undrafted and was released after another fist-throwing incident at Titans camp. This led him to the Bucs, where he ran for over a thousand yards as a rookie last year, best among first-year players.
Even with such a season, the Bucs need to make sure they have enough production behind him. Cadillac Williams, who wasn't much of a runner but blocked well for Freeman last year, may leave as a free agent.
With that said, Kareem Huggins isn't my ideal backup for Blount. I think drafting a RB would help the Bucs in a big way, whether Williams is in Tampa Bay or not.
The Bucs could take one as early as the second round and as late as the last one. Kendall Hunter would be a nice pickup in the second round if he's still available. Hunter is a short but bulkier runner that has a great burst out of holes. He's smart, tough and patient when waiting for an opening. Hunter also has great all-around intangibles.
In the third or fourth round, I think DeMarco Murray is a fine choice for the Bucs. In the fourth round, Murray would be an amazing steal, but the Bucs would likely have to take him in the third to get him at all.
Murray ran just above a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and has good size, being over six feet and 210 pounds. He also has good versatility with being both a good runner and receiver.
Murray could have fumble problems in the NFL with his lack of tucking the ball away, but his biggest problem to teams is his injury concerns. Still, with his supreme athleticism, it would be like getting away with a robbery if the Bucs could get him in the fourth round.
A name that's popped up a lot lately when talking about adding an extra runner is Bilal Powell from Louisville. Powell has great vision and patience in finding a hole and setting up his blocks.
Powell exploded for nearly 1,500 yards last year after three years of mediocrity at Louisville. This is a man that came from a rough upbringing to turn his life around and put himself in this position. He will continue to be named a Bucs target on draft day.
Somebody that I've praised time and time again already this spring is Derrick Locke, the former Kentucky Wildcat. If the Bucs could wait till the fifth round, this would be a complete steal.
Locke could not only help the Bucs in the run game, but his versatility makes him a good kick and punt returner as well. With his fair share of injuries, Locke won't be an every-down back for the Bucs, but they don't need him to be. He cuts and turns well and has better than adequate speed.
Evan Royster from Penn State and Phillip Tanner from Middle Tennessee State both may get a look from the Bucs in the seventh round or in free agency.
Another outside possibility is drafting a potential hidden gem in the third round by the name of Taiwan Jones, the back with lightning speed that the Bucs could use to add to Blount's thunder.
He's a bit of an unknown, coming out of FCS Eastern Washington (the team with the red field), but if he learns more technique-wise, he could be a less-used Chris Johnson.