Rookie of the Year: Carlton Davis, Cornerback
Put simply, this year’s Buccaneer rookie class has been brutal.
First-round defensive tackle Vita Vea missed the beginning of the season with a calf strain and is still getting used to professional football. Second round running back Ronald Jones was a healthy scratch at the beginning of the season and is now injured, and fellow second-round pick M.J. Stewart has been unremarkable for the most part.
But the Buccaneers were fortunate to have the third pick in the second round, which they used on cornerback Carlton Davis, out of Auburn.
Davis was thrown straight into the fire from the start of the season and tasked with covering the opposing teams’ best receiver. Because of that, there have been plenty of low points in which Davis looked like the rookie that he is, but for the most part, he’s managed to show a lot of promise.
Davis has an ideal frame to cover big receivers, and while he’s not necessarily quick, he’s got enough speed to keep up downfield. Through eight games Davis has shown that he’s got a promising future.