In the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers traded their 70th selection to the Los Angeles Rams for picks 94 and 99. And so with the 94th pick, Tampa Bay selected Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean.
Head coach Bruce Arians said there were some help for the secondary on Friday night. That’s two defensive backs so far drafted by the Bucs.
Dean’s combination of height, weight and speed will get the conversation started off in the right direction for NFL evaluators, but there is no way around the fact that multiple knee surgeries will be a cause for concern in those same circles. His length and ability to disrupt catch space is a big plus in his favor and he has the athletic ability to play in a variety of coverages. However, he needs more consistent competitiveness and better technique for the next level.