Tampa Bay isn’t messing around and are serious about continuing to focus on the defensive side of the ball.
With the 117th pick, the Bucs select Pittsburgh safety Jordan Whitehead as they continue to bolster their secondary.
NFL Media’s Lance Zierlein compares Whitehead to Philadelphia Eagles’ safety Jalen Mills. Below is his breakdown of Whitehead on NFL.com.
Whitehead is undersized which makes playing near the line of scrimmage a challenge and his instincts as a high safety were troubling as he allowed too many big plays. Teams may look to utilize him as a hybrid defensive back in sub packages with the ability to cover the slot and handle run support duties against teams who run the ball out of three wideout personnel groupings. Whitehead needs to run well because his lack of production will already hurt his draft cause.
He was projected as a fifth round pick by many analysts.
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