McNichols (5-foot-9, 214 pounds) ran for over 3,000 yards in his two years as a starter at Boise, recording 43 rushing touchdowns in the process. He also has more than 1,000 career receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns in his career. McNichols ran a 4.49 40-yard dash with a 35.5-inch vertical jump at the NFL Scouting Combine last month. Though he may not be a bruising back due to his size, he has power to get through contact, and, of course, an elusive play style that is easy on the eyes.
McNichols is the first Boise State running back drafted by the Buccaneers since the team drafted Doug Martin in 2012. The team made it clear on Friday evening that they believe in Martin’s progression and his potential return to form as the starting running back. But, drafting McNichols gives them insurance at the position, if nothing else, but for if or when an injury happens.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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