With their first pick on day two of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers selected Justin Evans. The pick gives Tampa Bay some much-needed safety help and someone who could compete and start early on. Here are three things to note about the former Texas A&M Aggie.
After addressing the offense with their first-round pick, the Buccaneers added to the other side of the ball on Friday night. With the 50th pick in this year’s draft, the team selected safety Justin Evans out of Texas A&M. The team now has some solid help for a secondary that badly needed it a year ago. Chris Conte struggled for most of the year and Keith Tandy ended up being Tampa Bay’s best safety, which, with no disrespect, wasn’t ideal.
J.J. Wilcox signed with the Bucs this offseason, but the general consensus heading into the draft was that Jason Licht would still address the safety position. Budda Baker, Marcus Maye, Obi Melifonwu and a host of others were all options heading into day two. With Baker and Maye off the board by pick No. 50, Licht went with someone that he reportedly had high interest in as the draft drew closer: Justin Evans. When the time came for the pick to be submitted, Licht wasted absolutely no time. With that in mind, it’s clear that Evans was the Bucs’ guy.
Here, we have three things you need to know about the newest Buccaneer.