Devin White was introduced earlier today in what was an awesome moment for Buccaneer fans. His arrival in Tampa was captivating and his presence behind the microphone showed the swagger that he’s going to bring to this defense. Our own Jon Marchant put together a great piece on White and what he will bring to this very defense here.
Day two for the Buccaneers took fans on quite the adventure as the team made a surprise selection early in Sean Bunting out of Central Michigan with their 2nd round pick. The Buccaneers would then wheel and deal their 70th overall selection for the 94 and 99th picks in the draft.
Enter new Buccaneer defensive backs Jamel Dean (CB) out of Auburn and Mike Edwards (S) out of Kentucky. Todd Bowles will have a cabinet full of new toys to test out with all picks currently of the defensive variety.
Todd Bowles, Defensive Coordinator, Buccaneers - Bowles will be installing a new system here in Tampa Bay and Jason Licht has made sure to bring in quality depth at the defensive back positions and gave Bowles a quarterback of his own on day one with Devin White. Consider that three new corners and a safety have already been added to a group that includes second year players such as Jordan Whitehead, Carlton Davis and M.J. Stewart, not to mention Vernon Hargreaves III whose 5th year option was picked up and safety Justin Evans. With the infusion of young talent, Bowles will be put to the test to create a scheme around the aggressive nature of the beasts that have been brought in.
Los Angeles Chargers - The Chargers already had a stout pass rush with Joey Bosa and the addition of Tillery. The back end had arguably the best rookie performance ever by a safety in Derwin James and the team just added James one heck of a running mate in Nasir Adderley. That defense is looking like a monster out in Cali.
Indianapolis Colts - Chris Ballard, the general manager, drew great praise for knocking last years draft out of the park. So far in 2019, Ballard traded out of their first round pick and landed Rock Ya Sin 34th overall. The Colts followed that up with Banogu, an edge defender out of TCU, and a dynamic receiver in Ohio State’s Parris Campbell. The Colts are looking to build upon a very productive 2018 that saw the resurgence of a healthy Andrew Luck and seem to be building something special out in Indianapolis.
Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins used their 2nd round pick to trade for former Arizona Cardinals top selection a year ago, Josh Rosen. The truth here is that the Dolphins got a top notch young talented quarterback at a very low cost relative to the norm. Rosen get’s a new start and the Dolphins get a fresh start at quarterback.
Denver Broncos - The Broncos went out and got Joe Flacco and started off the draft right in getting him some offensive help. Noah Fant is a pass catching tight end and Dalton Risner, their second round pick, will surely help out the offensive line as a tackle. Things turned interesting as John Elway traded back up to pick 42 to take quarterback Drew Lock out of Missouri. Flacco may be having nightmares all over again as a fresh young face enters the QB room picture. Elway has struggled to find his own quarterback not named Peyton Manning, with Lock getting selected things will be fun to watch from afar should Flacco struggle early.
Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs potentially selected Tyreek Hill’s replacement after an embarrassing day for the organization as Hill’s personal life spewed across airwaves in a completely disgusting manner Thursday. As newly selected Chief Mecole Hardman enters the picture... some homophobic tweets from his past surfaced. The Chiefs just can’t get out of their own way with these situations popping up left and right. Just a bad look for Hardman and Kansas City on what should be a great day for the young receiver.
Deshaun Watson’s body - One may look at this and question how this could possibly be in the loser section. After all, Houston took two offensive tackles between the first two days of the draft right? Sure, but a closer look and one will quickly recognize the amount of work and refinement both young men need before being tasked with protecting the most pressured quarterback in the league. With some more pro-ready options available at each selection, it bares asking if Watson’s body can handle the beating that will continue to take place.
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