Bond is a solid SAM outside linebacker that could add some solid depth behind Darryl Smith and potentially be his replacement if he is released or retires. He should be a contributor to special teams and has nice athleticism to make plays on the ball. He had an ankle injury last season but managed to put up solid number all around including three sacks and seven tackles for loss in nine games.
Bond isn’t the exact type of linebacker that the Bucs have had on the roster. They carry a lot more speed and aggressiveness in David and Alexander. He’s also a sixth round linebacker so he’s not expected to make an immediate impact. However there were a few players on the board that the Bucs could have drafted instead. Mike Thomas, Southern Miss wide receiver was a name I kept hearing the Bucs interested in. I also really liked Keenan Reynolds who went one pick ahead of the Bucs.
Last year the Bucs didn’t retain a single player drafted after the fourth round, let’s hope this year is different.
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