Round 3, Pick 70: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
File this pick under the label of “picks that make too much sense.” The Buccaneers have already met with the versatile safety who can play over the top or stack the box against the run, and if he is available with the 70th pick in the draft, you can bet your bottom dollar Darnell Savage from the University of Maryland will be a Buccaneer and find himself wearing the pewter and red in 2019.
The Buccaneers have been active in attempting to improve the third level of their defense as Justin Evans, who is still one of the starting safeties, took a step back in his second year in the league. In addition to adding Bucannon, who will play some safety in certain packages, Tampa Bay also signed former Green Bay Packers starter Kentrell Brice.
Good news for Tampa Bay is that it is a very deep draft class at the safety position, so even though they wait until the end of day-two of the draft, they are still able to snag a high caliber prospect in Savage. Here in the third round, the Buccaneers add Savage to compete with Brice and potentially start right away next to Evans on the back end of Bowles’ revamped defense.