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Bucs stars answer: Who would you take No. 1?

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This may just be the toughest NFL Draft to call – simply because the top 7 ranked players could go in any order. The Houston Texans have the top pick and still haven't indicated who they want. It's creating a lot of draft dialog.

So, who will go first? There is a lot of chatter about South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Some think he's the next great sack master, ready to take over the NFL. Others say he has a poor work ethic and didn't live up the hype last season.

There's Clemson wide-receiver Sammy Watkins, the most electric offensive player in the draft. Watkins is fast, physical and a game changer with strong character.

The wildcard is Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Last year's Heisman Trophy winner is viewed as a hit or miss prospect. Manziel is impressive to watch but lacks the size of a prototypical NFL quarterback. Some wonder if Manziel's body can stand the pounding in a 16-week season.

The draft is a week away and we polled our own experts. We asked Buccaneers players: if they had the power to pick No. 1, who would they take?

"I've got to go with an SEC guy," said Jonthan Banks, who played at Mississippi State. "Because, I mean, we are tough down there. I'm going with Jadeveon Clowney."

"Clowney," Akeem Spence responded before hearing the entire question.

Simple enough?

"Clowney, you've got to go Clowney," said Spence with a big smile. "That guy is a beast man – inhuman really."

"I'm going to take the D-end, Clowney," said Mason Foster.

Is there anyone else to consider?

"If not Jadeveon, I'm going with Johnny Manziel," Banks said.

The Bucs are also in full agreement that the top 7 ranked players are "blue chippers" and game changers.

"You can't go wrong," Foster said. "It's one of those drafts that I don't think any of them are going to be too bad of players."

New to the Buccaneer family, Alterraun Verner is glad he's not in control of the top choice.

"Ah, I can't say I haven't done my research on all those guys," he said. "I would definitely, at this point for our team, take the best player available that you think could help the team."

The clock is counting down and even the Bucs are excited for D-Day.

"There are a lot of good guys in this draft," Foster said. "I don't think you can go wrong; it's going to be exciting."

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