Another potential secondary prospect that could be there in the second round for the Bucs is Taylor Rapp from the University of Washington. Rapp has heard his name generate a lot of buzz over the past few weeks and is now being talked about as potentially the top ranked safety in this year’s draft class. While Nasir Adderley is still considered by most as the best safety, Rapp has the potential to jump Thompson, who will miss this weekend with a wrist injury.
Listed at a stocky 6’0 and 200 pounds, Rapp could be the ideal box safety for an aggressive defense, such as one that Todd Bowles likes to run. Bowles has coached aggressive safeties such as Tyrann Mathieu and Jamal Adams, and could add Rapp to his list of hard-hitting safeties to mold.
A three-year starter for the Huskies, Rapp displayed versatility to play in the box and in centerfield, tallying seven career interceptions, 8.5 tackles for loss, and six sacks. It is unusual to see such a diverse stat line from a safety, and Rapp could be a weapon to any team that utilizes him well; take the bet that Bowles would know how to use him.