The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins with their second-round pick after selecting Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. Apparently they want to aggressively upgrade their lackluster skill positions and add big targets for Josh McCown.
With Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans as the starting receivers, the Bucs have the largest pair of starters in the NFL, and they now have a massive group of tight ends, too. Their second-round pick will add some explosion and speed to that group, but he's also an outstanding blocker and should help both the running game and the passing game. He was arguably the only tight end in this class with the potential to be both a dominant run-blocker and a dominant pass-catcher.
The Washington product is an outstanding talent, but his tape was a bit uneven at times, which has led to some character questions. Apparently the Buccaneers aren't too concerned with those questions. Seferian-Jenkins also faced a DUI charge early in 2013, leading to a one-game suspension, but he has since spoken eloquently about the lessons learned from that incident.
Adding another tight end does leave the Bucs with a hole at offensive guard, which they should address in the third round today. The Bucs still have the following picks in this draft. The third round will be held today, so we should see at least one more Tampa Bay pick today.
|4||Traded to Jets|
|6||Traded to Bears|
|6||9 (from Bills)||185|