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Now comes the selecting season of NFL’s general managers

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Now, it is Jason Licht’s season, poobah of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Now, it belongs to John Lynch, boss of the San Francisco 49ers.

Now, the NFL belongs to Steve Keim of the Cards and Ted Thompson of the Packers and John Schneider of the Seahawks and the rest of the general managers of the league.

The Super Bowl is over, which means free agency is next, followed by the NFL draft, followed by coaches proclaiming they are simply delighted by the additions to their teams. The thing is, no one can quite be sure who will be a free agent, and no one can ever be certain about the draft.

Once a week, then, the SaintPetersblog will examine the upcoming Bucs’ draft and the predictions for it.

Today, we start with the Bleacher Report.

In the first round, they have the Bucs taking Miami tight end David Njoku. Not a bad player, but don’t the Bucs’ need a speedy receiver and an athletic safety more? Bleacher Report still has linebacker Jarrad Davis of Florida, safety Jabrill Peppers of Michigan and wide receiver John Ross of Washington still on the board.

In the second round, Bleacher Report has the Bucs taking Florida defensive lineman Caleb Brantley. UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreu is the third round pick. LSU receiver Malachi Dupre is the fourth-round choice. Utah tackle J.J. Dielman is the fifth-round choice.

The sixth round pick is interesting. Bleacher Report has the Bucs taking San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey, who led the nation in rushing this year. In the seventh round, the site has the Bucs taking Xavier Woods of Louisiana Tech.

Last year’s Bucs’ draft worked out fairly well (cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and defensive end Noah Spence started. The draft will be remembered, however, by the noise surrounding the selection of FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo.

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Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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