The Buccaneers spent their 3rd round pick, the 84th overall in the draft on Washington OLB Mason Foster. You can’t help but like the pick, Foster is an instinctual, blue-collar player who was amongst the NCAA leaders in tackles last season and really should have been picked in the 2nd round. So far the Bucs’ draft has seen them get a safe, but solid first pick, take a top-5 talent in the 2nd round and then potentially get a steal in the 3rd. I rewrote that sentence three times so it wouldn’t be construed as homerish and it still sounds that way. But that’s honestly just how solid the front-end of this Bucs’ draft has been.
Foster is a 6’1-241 lb. outside linebacker out of Washington. The knock on Foster is that he’s a bit a slower than you’d like and his 4.75-40 clearly hurt his stock along with his inability to disengage from bigger blockers, but make no mistake about it this is a guy who can straight up play. Nobody made has made as many tackles as Foster did in the Pac-10 in over 20 years. His 163 stops was 58 better than the next closest Pac-10 defender.
Foster is a very instinctual linebacker, he’s great at the point of attack and gives effort until the end of ever play. He also fits the Bucs MO this year as a team captain and a high-motor guy. The Bucs seem to have made a pretty distinct effort to bring in leaders and guys with good character this year and I think that will ultimately be beneficial in the long run. We’ll be back with analysis of the day two picks in a while.