Before the draft, the Bucs had a big glaring hole at CB. Other than Carlton Davis and Vernon Hargreaves they had no other CBs worthy to be relied on to have any impact on the game. Now that the draft has concluded that is no longer the case.
With the 7th pick in the second round, the Bucs took CB Sean Bunting out of Central Michigan. At 6’0″ and 195 lbs Bunting can play press or zone coverage. Bunting also had quite a combine with a 4.42-40 yard dash and a 41.5″ vertical leap. While at Central Michigan in 2018, he allowed a completion rate of under 39%.
The Bucs didn’t stop there.
Then with the 31st pick in the 3rd, the Bucs grabbed Auburn’s, Jamel Dean. At 6’1″ and 215 lbs Dean is a huge corner who is very adept at press coverage. He is also familiar with CB Carlton Davis as they played together in Auburn before Davis was drafted by the Buccaneers in the 2nd round in 2018. With a 4.3-40 YD and a 41″ vertical leap Dean is a huge playmaker. Dean is constantly harassing WR’s which is good when you’re playing press coverage. One thing to watch for is Dean has had 3 major knee surgeries since high school, which is concerning. All-in-all the Bucs did a good job of filling their depleted defensive backfield.