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NFL draft: Bucs take Northwestern fullback Dan Vitale

Dan Vitale scored 11 touchdowns in his college career.

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Dan Vitale scored 11 touchdowns in his college career.



The Bucs entered the NFL draft without a fullback but found one with their final pick in the sixth round. Tampa Bay drafted Northwestern's Dan Vitale with the No. 197 pick - its final one of hte draft.

Vitale started 49 games for the Wildcats at superback - Northwestern's fullback/tight end hybrid. He scored 11 touchdowns in his college career.

"I think I'll be able to do al ot for the team, which I'm excited about..." Vitale said. "I think an H-back is kind of what I'm looknig at. I'm excited to contribute."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Vitale was among the combine's top performers with a 38.5-inch vertical jums, 30 bench-press reps and a 4.12-second 20-yard shuttle.

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said the team plans to use him at fullback and tight end along with special teams.

"Excited to see what he looks like (in practice)," Koetter said.

Vitale already has some experience in Tampa; his Wildcats played Tennessee in the Outback Bowl in January and said Bucs scouts watched him practice.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:54pm]


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