The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added two players to their secondary on day two of the draft, but they didn’t stop there. With their first selection on day three, the 117th overall pick, they selected safety Jordan Whitehead. Here, we have three things you need to know about the Pittsburgh product.
Clearly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are serious about building up their secondary after finishing dead last in pass defense last year. After taking M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis on Friday night, they added Pittsburgh safety Jordan Whitehead to the mix with their first pick on Saturday. Tampa Bay now has an influx of young defensive backs to develop in the coming years.
Whitehead, who left Pittsburgh after his junior season, could presumably join 2017 second round pick Justin Evans at the safety position in the next year or so. His talent made him one of the Panthers’ top defenders, starting 30 of the 31 games he played in. Bucs general manager Jason Licht certainly hopes his talent can translate to the professional level.
The team’s fourth round selection joins some youth in the Tampa Bay secondary, but there’s no shortage of veterans. Brent Grimes, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy have all been around the block. Those guys can help Whitehead along as he settles into the NFL. Here, we have three things to know about the new Buccaneer safety.