Currently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the fifth overall pick in the 2108 NFL Draft. Looking at the team as a whole, the one position that is going to haunt the Buccaneers, in my opinion, is safety/ defensive back. The one player that could possibly declare for the draft next year is safety Derwin James Jr. from Florida State University.
James has to be the most versatile player in all of college football. Going into the 2017 season, James was ranked the number one player in NCAA football. His versatility on defense is something the Buccaneers currently lack.
James has lined up in the nickel, the outside, at the line as a rusher, and as a quarterback spy. His athleticism is his biggest strength along with his aggressiveness.
When looking at who the Bucs currently have at this position, a fresh pair of legs will pay off when the likes of Chris Conte and T.J. Ward eventually can’t make it as a starter. James could even be used as a defensive back if that’s something the Buccaneers see it. He has played both positions while at Florida State.
Drafting Derwin James would bring an extra element to the Bucs defense that is in desperate need of play makers.