Last night in round one, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted the best interior defensive lineman in the draft by selecting the vicious and strong Vita Vea from the University of Washington with the 12th pick overall.
The Bucs were set to just make one selected on day two (38th overall pick) after trading away their third-round pick to the New York Giants for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. However, by trading back with the Buffalo Bills, we picked up two of their second-round picks (53rd and 56th overall picks). We stayed home at the first two picks and traded back to the 59th overall pick from New England, plus a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft for the 56th overall pick.
After day two of the NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to improve their roster by adding a running back and two cornerbacks.
So with the 38th pick of the draft, the Bucs selected Ronald Jones II out of the University of Southern California. Jones is a balanced back with an explosive side to him. Ran well at USC, despite having a bad offensive line in front of him. Expect Jones II to push Peyton Barber in camp for the starting job.
Next, with the 53rd overall pick in the second round, the Bucs snatched M.J. Stewart out of North Carolina. He is a physical corner at the line of scrimmage that does not shy away from any form of contact. Quick corner, which is good. I would not be shocked if the Bucs tried to see if Stewart can play the free safety position and moving Justin Evans to the strong safety position.
Furthermore, the Bucs took Carlton Davis at the 59th overall pick in the second round. He played at Auburn. Davis is a long corner with the ability to play press coverage. His best play shows out when he redirects at the line of scrimmage. Lastly, he can run and when he opens his hips and moves, it’s impressive.
Finally, taking M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis will give the Buccaneers a nice future at the corner position and especially on the outside with Vernon Hargreaves III playing the nickel. I just hope the Bucs end up playing more press coverage this year with their group of corners.