Gator fans rejoice, the Bucs have just grabbed safety Ahmad Black in the fifth round of 2011 NFL Draft. The Bucs spent the 151st pick on the young safety from UF and he looks to come in and contribute on special teams immediately as he develops and eventually challenges for time at safety. I have no idea what, if anything, this says about Tanard Jackson’s future with the Bucs but Black is an interesting prospect.
The knock on Black is and has always been that he’s too small and slow. He stands at just 5’9 and runs a 4.7. But the kid is also a gamer and a born leader and could always surprise teams as well. Here’s the scouting report on Black.
Black’s an undersized safety prospect who should be able to contribute immediately in sub-packages and as a special teams cover guy even if he never becomes a starter. Has excellent instincts. Plays tough and is durable despite lack of size. Very capable in deep cover-2 or lining up over slots but doesn’t have the size or length against physical receivers. Flies to the ball, is a sure tackler when coming up to support the run, and will make plays in the backfield when asked to blitz. Black overcame his lack of size in college and may get the chance to do so again as a mid-round pick.
I had Black pegged as the 6th best safety in the class and the 98th rated player in the class. Grabbing him at 151 is a little lower than I expected him to go but he’s the type of player the Bucs seem to be hell-bent on building their team around. Black is smart, high-effort, a former team captain and a highly productive player on the field in college. Welcome to Tampa, Ahmad.