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NFL Draft: Jeremy McNichols has chance to shine as a rookie

What player could make an impact sooner than later in the NFL.

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Of all the draft picks from the Mountain West had this year there is one player who has the chance to make an impact right away and that is former Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols.

McNichols was selected in the fifth round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in what looks to be a very good situation as the Buccaneers do not have a solid running back in place. First of all, former Bronco, Doug Martin, is very likely suspended for the first four games and the running game last year was 24th in rushing as a team.

Not one player really stood out either with Jacquizz Rodgers leading the team with 560 yards., but the Bucs did just re-sign Rodgers to a contract extension.

2016 Tampa Bay rushing stats

Jacquizz Rodgers 129 560 4.3 45 3 2 56 0 0
Doug Martin 144 421 2.9 17 0 3 52.6 1 1
Peyton Barber 55 223 4.1 44 1 1 14.9 0 0
Jameis Winston 53 165 3.1 14 0 1 10.3 4 1

One can see that Tampa Bay needed rushing help and McNichols could be a guy who steps in and can have success early on in a backup role.

Another reason for McNichols to be a rookie who can shine is because head coach Dirk Koetter is a former Boise State head coach from 1998-2000 and the offensive scheme and play-calling is similar.

"Jeremy's going to walk in there and be football intelligent. He's going to know protections and speak the language," said Boise State coach Bryan Harsin via the Tampa Bay Times "He'll understand what they're teaching, and that's a carryover from my time with Dirk ... When our guys get to the next level, they are going to know ball. They know how to study film, know how to prepare, and that's going to help him when he gets into the playbook."

Then there is catching ability of McNichols and his versatility is what allows him to be a three-down back once he gets the chance to be a starter. Per Pro Football Focus, McNichols dropped just two of 107 catchable targets in three years.

"As a player, he brings that versatility -- how you use him, we called him The Weapon," he said. "He was a guy we could do a lot of things with."

One downside to McNichols becoming a key contributor is that he needed shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He is expected to fully recover by training camp but he will be missing all of the rookie mini-camps and organized team activities leading up to camp later this summer.