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Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Second Rd/38th overall pick

Pos.: Tight end

College: Washington

Ht: 6-5 Wt: 262

Personal: Born on Sept. 29, 1992 in Fox Island, Wash. ... Won the John Mackey Award in 2013 as the nation’s top tight end. ... Lettered three times in basketball as a forward and averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds in 2010-11 at Gig Harbor High. ... Played 17 games for the Huskies’ Pac-12 champion basketball team as a freshman. ... Runs a 4.71 and holds the school career record for tight ends with 21 TDs at Washington.

Noteworthy: Suffered a stress fracture that prevented him from working out at the combine. ... Arrested in March 2013 for DUI following a late-night car accident and pleaded guilty. ... Caught 69 passes for 852 yards while starting all 13 games in 2012. ... Physical blocker and receiver who adjusts well to the ball in the air.

Quotable: “Being able to play basketball at a high level, adjusting to the ball in the air, quick feet, quick hands, definitely translates to playing tight end in the NFL.’’

Charles Sims

Third rd/69th overall pick

Pos.: RB

College: West Virginia

Ht.: 5-11. Wt: 213

Personal: Born on Sept. 19, 1990 in Houston. ... Transferred to WVU from the University of Houston last year and rushed for 1.095 yards and 11 TDs. ... Was named team MVP at Houston in 2012, running for 851 yards and 11 TDs despite missing three games due to injury. ... Averaged 10.4 yards per catch during his collegiate career and boasts 4.48 speed. ... Excels at making the first defender miss, both as a runner and a receiver.

Noteworthy: Graduated from Houston a year ago and gave serious consideration to entering the 2013 NFL draft before moving on to the Cougars. ... Rushed for 1,018 yards and scored 17 TDs at Westbury High in Houston, adding 37 catches for 425 yards as a junior.

Quotable: “This guy is the top receiving back in the draft. I always feel you can’t have enough backs, especially when they have versatile skill sets.’’ — Bucs GM Jason Licht.

Ira Kaufman

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