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Bucs draft Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins in 2nd

The Bucs continue to upgrade their passing game, using their second-round pick on Friday night to select Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a 6-foot-5, 262-pound tight end from Washington.

Seferian-Jenkins caught eight touchdown passes in 2013, winning the Mackey Award, which goes to the nation's top tight end. He caught 36 passes for 450 yards, but was limited this spring by a foot injury. He's the second big target the Bucs have added in the draft, following 6-5 receiver Mike Evans of Texas A&M in the first round.

The pick was announced at the NFL draft by former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.

Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford knows Seferian-Jenkins well from his days at Cal -- Washington beat his team in 2011 and 2012, with Seferian-Jenkins getting two touchdowns and 54 yards in 2011, then a career-best 154 yards and a score in 2012.

[Last modified: Friday, May 9, 2014 7:46pm]

    

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