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Another defensive back



The Bucs have plucked another defensive back, picking Syracuse's Tanard Jackson with their first pick of the fourth round.

Jackson, 6-0, 200 pounds, would seem to have good coverage skills, which is something the Bucs are seeking in their safeties. Having played cornerback for the better part of three seasons, his ball skills and man-to-man coverage ability should be a strength.

For the Bucs, Jackson will initially play safety. According to defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, the team's scouts last season identified him as a player who could make the transition, and the Bucs immediately made the switch when coaching him in the Senior Bowl in January. When he showed the necessary skills to play safety, the Bucs made up their minds that's where he would play if he ended up in Tampa Bay.

Jackson, for his part, is on board.

"I'm very comfortable with (safety)," Jackson said. "I'm confident in my ability to be able to make the transition. The Bucs came right out with it and told me they saw me as a safety in the NFL."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:45pm]


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