Bucs take two CBs in second round; trade back into third to get OL

The Bucs used the last of their three second-round picks on Auburn corner Carlton Davis (18), shown against Alabama in 2015.(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Bucs used the last of their three second-round picks on Auburn corner Carlton Davis (18), shown against Alabama in 2015.(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Published April 27 2018
Updated April 27 2018

The Bucs have finally addressed the defensive secondary, using their last two second-round picks Friday night to draft North Carolina cornerback M.J. Stewart and Auburn cornerback Carlton Davis.

They later traded back into the third round, selecting offensive lineman Alex Cappa from Division II Humboldt State in California.

Stewart, selected with the No. 53 pick overall, left as the Tar Heels' all-time leader with 47 passes defensed, with six career interceptions, though none in the last two seasons.

Davis, selected  at No. 63 after the Bucs traded down seven spots, was a first-team All-SEC selection, running a 4.53 40 at the combine. Davis has just three career interceptions but had 11 breakups this past season.

Asked for his strengths as a defensive back, Stewart cited his versatility — he had five tackles for loss and two sacks this past season. At the combine, he ran the 40 in 4.54 seconds, with a 35-inch vertical and 18 reps at 225 pounds in the bench press.

The Bucs took their third second-rounder and traded down, dealing to the Patriots and sliding down seven spots to No. 63, picking up a fourth-rounder (117th overall) as part of the deal.

The Bucs made a move late Friday night to trade back into the third round, selecting offensive lineman Alex Cappa from Division II Humboldt State in California. Tampa Bay sent the Vikings a fourth-round (102nd) and sixth-round (180th) pick to move up and draft Cappa, who played tackle in college but could wind up a guard in the NFL.

The Bucs now have three picks on the final day of the draft, with one each in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds.

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