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Buccaneers cut Dan Vitale, keep Alan Cross

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have already cut their first 2016 NFL draft pick: sixth-round fullback Dan Vitale has not made the team, according to Greg Auman. Instead, the team will be keeping undrafted fullback/tight end Alan Cross.

Vitale did very little to stand out this preseason or throughout the offseason -- but then, neither did Cross, who played his college football at Memphis. The Bucs will likely use Luke Stocker as a hybrid fullback/tight end as well, as they did last year.

As with Joey Iosefa last year, this is another good example as to why you don't spend draft picks on fullbacks. The Bucs could have drafted someone with the potential to make an impact at a key position, and settled for an undrafted free agent at fullback. As they did now.

The Bucs have to cut down to a 53-man roster by Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET. As of right now, based on reports of cuts, they have to cut 17 more players.