Buccaneers might look for safety final day of NFL draft
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have three picks and may look at adding depth at safety during the final four rounds of the NFL draft.
The Buccaneers have a fourth, fifth and seventh round pick on Saturday.
Tampa Bay addressed needs at running back and corner back with its three second-round choices Friday night, taking USC running back Ronald Jones II, and cornerbacks M.J. Stewart from North Carolina and Auburn’s Carlton Davis.
The Buccaneers also picked Humboldt State guard Alex Cappa in the third round.
In addition to having an anemic pass rush, the Bucs finished 32nd in total defense at just over 378 yards per game and also allowed opponents to convert a league-high 48 percent of the time on third down.
“We’ll see how this thing works out,” Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said. “We’ve got (Saturday), too. There’s still safeties available out there.”
The Buccaneers selected Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea 12th overall during Thursday’s first round.
Tampa Bay hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007 and haven’t won a postseason game since the franchise’s 2002 run to a Super Bowl title.
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