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After first round, here are 10 names to watch for Bucs at No. 38

The first round of the NFL draft is complete, and the Bucs held off on trading back up, leaving them with three second-round picks Friday night.

Their own pick is No. 38 — the sixth pick of the second round — and they added two more — No. 53 and No. 56 — from Buffalo in trading down from No. 7 to No. 12, picking defensive tackle Vita Vea there.

What are the best options left for the Bucs if they stay at No. 38? Here are 10 names that line up with positions of need — if they can get more than one from here without trading up, they've done well.

DERRIUS GUICE, RB, LSU: Georgia's Sony Michel went off the board at No. 31 to the Patriots, but Guice — who ran a 4.49 at the combine while weighing 224 pounds — would be an impact starter if the Bucs could get him. The Colts could use a running back, and they have the two picks immediately before the Bucs at 35 and 36.

JOSH JACKSON, CB, IOWA: Seen by many as a first-rounder — doesn't have insane speed, but more size at 6 feet than most Bucs corners. He could plug in as a starter opposite Brent Grimes and solve a major issue in the secondary.

WILL HERNANDEZ, G, UTEP: Freakishly strong with good size at 327 pounds — with uncertainty at right guard with J.R. Sweezy still recovering from a knee injury, he would fortify a key spot on the offensive line.

NICK CHUBB, RB, GEORGIA: Another option among many running backs still available. Came back from knee injury with two solid seasons, leaving the Bulldogs as their No. 2 all-time rusher. Good combination of size, strength and speed.

HAROLD LANDRY, DE, BOSTON COLLEGE: Bucs would put another major asset into the defensive line, would they? Seems unlikely, but Landry is quick — 4.64 seconds in the 40 at 252 pounds. Most wouldn't expect him available in the second round.

ISAIAH OLIVER, CB, COLORADO: Here's a random tie for you: his uncle, Damon Mays, was a receiver at Missouri when Dirk Koetter was offensive coordinator there in 1989-90. Enough of an athlete to compete in decathlon on Colorado's track team.

RONALD JONES, RB, USC: Could he still be there when Bucs pick again at 53? Rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns this past season after setting USC's freshman rushing record in 2015.

JUSTIN REID, S, STANFORD: Bucs found Justin Evans in the second round last year — Reid has speed and smarts as the younger brother of NFL safety Eric Reid. The safety depth isn't as strong as what the Bucs might get at corner.

AUSTIN CORBETT, G, NEVADA: Has background as a tackle, taking over for Joel Bitonio in college. Former walk-on, so if Jason Licht is looking for another chip-on-the-shoulder type, he could be an option later in the second.

JESSIE BATES, S, WAKE FOREST: Played only two years at Wake, but turned heads as a freshman in 2016 with five interceptions. Less experience but has physical traits to keep him among the best options at safety.

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