The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are overhauling their defense, starting with linebacker and into their secondary, there are quality safeties still available.
Expecting to get a healthy dose of defense on day-two of the draft today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers must look to upgrade their secondary and nab a safety in either the second or third round. After only two safeties came off the board yesterday in Maryland’s Darnell Savage and Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram, there are still quality prospects still on the board.
The Buccaneers signed former Green Bay Packer Kentrell Brice this offseason and have moved second rounder from a year ago M.J. Stewart to safety as well, but Tampa Bay need not feel comfortable with the talent in the third level of their defense. Outside of Justin Evans, they do not have another sure-fire starter at the safety position.
Last year saw Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht passing on All-Pro safety Derwin James in favor of nose tackle Vita Vea, and he may catch a break by having many first round caliber prospects fall into the second round. Here are three candidates for the Buccaneers to keep a close eye on at the safety position in the second round of the draft and beyond.