Clyde Edwards-Helaire could be the perfect fit for Buccaneers at No. 45 in NFL Draft

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Ever since Tom Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the need to add an all-purpose running back has only been magnified.

While both Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber are nice backs who are solid in between the tackles, neither have showcased the ability to be an effective receiver out of the backfield. The duo combined for 47 catches for 424 yards and just one touchdown in the receiving game last season.

Nobody relies on his running backs catching balls out of the backfield quite like Brady does. Last season in New England, James White caught 72 balls, good for second most on the team. Rex Burkhead was fourth on the team in receptions with 27.

Head coach Bruce Arians won’t likely implement every facet of Brady’s offense in Tampa Bay, but adding a receiving threat out of the backfield benefits any offense. At No. 45 in the second round of the upcoming draft, the Bucs will be in prime position to snag a solid running back, one who can do a little bit of everything out of the backfield.

LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire would be a great pick for the Bucs in the second round. Not only because he has natural pass catching ability, but his patience in the running game would be a great fit in Arians’ scheme.

Last season at LSU, Edwards-Helaire ran for 1,414 yards, reaching the end zone 16 times. Through the air, Edwards-Helaire caught 55 balls for 453 yards and scored an additional touchdown.

He is a bit undersized, standing at 5-foot-8, but that shouldn’t be a determining factor here. Edwards-Helaire still routinely finished his runs strong and always seemed to fall forward. He would be a great third down back for the Bucs, while Jones and Barber can get the tougher yards up the gut.

If this LSU product is on the board when the Bucs are on the clock in the second, there’s no reason they should pass up on him.