The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting with the 39th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
With the 39th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting. Taking a cornerback in the second round for the second year in a row, the Buccaneers get another upgrade to their secondary after adding a safety in free agency.
Throughout his three years as a starting cornerback for the Chippewas, Bunting recorded a total of nine interceptions, including five in 2017. Additionally he has knocked away 15 passing attempts from opposing receivers. Bunting saw his stock shoot up at the combine, where he tested well.
In Indianapolis, Bunting measured in at 6’0 and 195 pounds, posting 14 reps on his bench press. He also ran a blazing 4.42 second 40 yard dash and hit an astounding 41.5 inch vertical jump and 10’6 foot broad jump. At his pro day Bunting also blazed a sub-seven second 3-cone drill.
With Vernon Hargreaves and Carlton Davis already on the roster, the Buccaneers now have the making of a formidable secondary. With the pick of Bunting, the Buccaneers will more than likely move Hargreaves to the slot as his predominant role in defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ defense.
While Bunting has been relatively unknown to the masses, Bunting was this writer’s fourth overall graded cornerback, ahead of Louisiana State’s Greedy Williams. Now with their top two selections, the Buccaneers have continued to overhaul the defensive side of the ball. In a make-or-break 2019 season, this is an impressive start for general manager Jason Licht.