Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Early 2019 three-round NFL mock draft

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OXFORD, MS – SEPTEMBER 15: Deionte Thompson #14 of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Xavier McKinney #15 force a fumble on Jordan Ta’amu #10 of the Mississippi Rebels during the first half at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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Deionte Thompson

Safety, Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in desperate need of a star defensive back.

After passing on Derwin James in the first round last season, the Bucs learn from their past mistake and take arguably the best safety in the 2019 class, Alabama’s Deionte Thompson.

Thompson can play solid centerfield in Tampa’s defense. He is an aggressive player that will try and make plays over the middle of the field.

On the season, Thompson already has 47 tackles, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles on the season. He has been a critical part of Alabama’s devastating defense.

Each week, Thompson has displayed his tremendous range to swat away passes and force turnovers. Currently, the Buccaneers secondary is lacking a playmaker. Adding Thompson could be the final piece in a young, developing secondary.

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