The Bucs were looking for depth at linebacker behind Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, so they selected Bond here late in the draft. As we reported on draft day, Bond posted 73 tackles, 11 TFL’s, and three sacks in two years with the Sooners. He plays with a lot of effort and takes coaching well, according to his draft profile, and that will bode well in his quest to make the team.
However, only two years of college experience is going to hurt. Even at a big school like Oklahoma, snaps are necessary to prepare for the pros, and the truth is that Bond didn’t get very many of them. His slow speed will hurt as well, as his forty time only measured at 4.7 at both the Combine and his pro day. He has difficulty, at times, setting the edge.
Unless he makes a big splash on special teams, effort won’t be enough.
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