The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked Oklahoma linebacker Devante Bond with their first pick in the sixth round, the eighth pick in the round and the 183rd pick overall.
Bond is a little undersized at 6'1", 235 lbs. and not the fastest linebacker, running a 4.7-second 40-yard dash at the combine. But he's got some thump to him, can run and hit, and could be a long-term replacement for Daryl Smith, who's currently manning the strongside linebacker position.
Competitive, 4-3 linebacker prospect who often played 3-4 outside linebacker in college. On tape, Bond looks like a fairly average athlete with limited speed which could hurt his draft stock, but scouts like the way he applies coaching and plays with effort and consistency. Bond might have to earn his way onto a team through special teams play early on, but I wouldn?t bet against him.
Earlier today, the Bucs selected North Carolina Central cornerback Ryan Smith in the fourth round, both as a special teams specialist and to upgrade their secondary. He might be converted to safety -- we'll have to wait and see what the team says later today. They also added UCLA tackle Caleb Benenoch as a backup lineman.
The Bucs have one more pick today, so stay tuned!
Buccaneers 2016 draft picks
Round 1: pick 9 (9th overall): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Round 2: pick 8 (39th overall): Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Round 2: pick 28 (59th overall): Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
Round 4: pick 10 (108th overall): Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
Round 5: pick 9 (148th overall): Caleb Benenoch, T, UCLA
Round 6: pick 8 (183rd overall): Devante Bond, LB, Oklahoma
Round 6: pick 22 (197th overall, from Washington)