With the 94th pick in the draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneer took Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean, making him the second corner taken by the team.
With the 94th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Auburn defensive back Jamel Dean. I guess you cannot have enough cornerbacks as Dean makes the fourth cornerback taken over the span of day-two in the last two years.
After trading down from the 70th pick with the Los Angeles Rams, the Buccaneers did not take a player until the end of the third round, but stay tuned as they have another to end the round. While the Buccaneers took Sean Bunting in the second round, the overhaul of their secondary is underway.
Although head coach Bruce Arians instilled confidence in 2016 first round pick Vernon Hargreaves, the actions of day-two in the draft would seem to dictate otherwise. Competing in the SEC, the Auburn product started two years for the Tigers.
In 2018, Dean tallied two interceptions, one sack, two tackles for loss, and defended nine passes. While his production is not off the walls, Dean grabbed the attention of teams at the combine, testing out of this world.
At 6’1 and 206 pounds, Dean burned a 4.3 second 40 yard dash. He also posted 16 reps on the bench press and jumped to the tune of a 41 inch vertical and a 10’10 foot broad jump. Dean also bordered on a seven-second 3-cone drill.
The Buccaneers’ cornerback room is now crowded with Bunting, Dean, Hargreaves, and last year’s second round pick Carlton Davis. How the Buccaneer plan to disburse playing time between all four will be a mystery. For now, Tampa Bay adds another cornerback in the third round with Dean.