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Bucs eyed Taylor in draft if Wirfs was unavailable
Nov 28, 2021 | ESPN
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One way or another, Jonathan Taylor was destined to play in Sunday's game between the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers had Taylor on their short list of candidates whom they were considering with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.

One high-ranking Bucs official even said in recent weeks that had offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs been selected before their turn in the first round, Tampa Bay would have drafted Taylor at No. 14.

But Wirfs was available, and Tampa Bay traded up one slot from No. 14 to San Francisco's turn at No. 13 to draft the offensive tackle who has been a standout since joining the Bucs. But that selection didn't diminish the way that Tampa Bay felt about Taylor, who enters Sunday's showdown as the league leader in rushing yards (1,122) and touchdowns (15).

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