Round 1 (No. 5) — Devin White, LB, LSU
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Round 2 (No. 39) — Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
Round 3 (No. 94) — Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
Round 3 (No. 99) — Mike Edwards, S, Kentucky
Round 4 (No. 107) — Anthony Nelson, DE, Iowa
Round 5 (No. 145) — Matt Gay, K, Utah
Round 6 (No. 208) — Scotty Miller, WR, Bowling Green
Round 7 (No. 215) — Terry Beckner Jr., DT, Missouri
Bucs wait until final round to take interior defensive lineman
It took until the final round of the draft for the Bucs to select an interior defensive lineman, when they selected Missouri defensive tackle Terry Beckner, Jr.
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Beckner had 34 tackles, including 11 for loss, 3-1/2 sacks and a forced fumble. He received second-team All-SEC honors and was a team captain.
The Bucs’ draft class was focused on defense. Six of the team’s eight picks came from the defensive side of the ball.
Wide receiver bears some resemblance to Adam Humphries
If the Bucs have a question at receiver, it’s who will fill the void left by the departure of Adam Humphries, who received free-agent riches this offseason by signing with the Tennessee Titans.
With their sixth-round pick Saturday, they took a receiver who bears some resemblance to Humphries, the speedy undersized slot receiver who went from an undrafted free agent to one of the Bucs’ most dependable wideouts — Bowling Green wide receiver Scotty Miller, the 208th overall selection.
Miller was the only offensive player the Bucs selected in their eight picks.
Patriots draft former Armwood star Byron Cowart
Only 17 months ago, former Armwood blue-chipper Byron Cowart was off the college football grid and attending classes at Hillsborough Community College. Recruitniks universally had deemed him a bust.
Today, he’s a Belichick guy.
A defensive end who washed out after two-plus seasons at Auburn before resuscitating his career last year at Maryland, Cowart was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round (No. 159 overall) on Saturday.
Bucs take Utah kicker Matt Gay in fifth round
Three years after the failed Roberto Aguayo pick, the Bucs used their fifth-round pick to select another kicker.
Utah’s Matt Gay went to the Bucs with the 145th overall pick.
The Lou Groza Award winner was the first placekicker taken in this year’s draft.
Lions pick former Gaither standout in fifth round
Amani Oruwariye had a draft party Friday night at Panini’s Bar and Grill in Tampa. The former Gaither High and Penn State standout picked that date because he was projected to go anywhere between the second and third rounds.
For four hours, Oruwariye waited for a phone call from an NFL team that never came.
On Saturday, the wait was over. Oruwariye went in the fifth round, 146th overall, to the Detroit Lions.
Bucs grab Iowa DE Anthony Nelson in fourth round
After spending Friday addressing their needs in the secondary, the Bucs on Saturday turned their attention to the defensive front.
Tampa Bay selected Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson early in the fourth round, the 107th pick overall.
An effective bull rusher, the 6-foot-7, 271-pound Nelson has long arms and a nose for finding the football.
Gators’ Chauncey Gardner-Johnson goes to Saints
After waiting two days to get drafted, Florida Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson’s third day went quickly.
The Saints picked Gardner-Johnson with the third pick of the fourth round (No. 105 overall) on Saturday.
Buccaneers targets for Day 3
After drafting Sean Bunting, Jamel Dean and Mike Edwards on Friday night, the Bucs are going to turn their attention to other positions … probably.
Tampa Bay, which owns a pick in each of the final four rounds, could use an edge rusher, a defensive tackle, an offensive lineman and a pass-catching running back.
Here are some names to watch.
Why the Bucs drafted Kentucky defensive back Mike Edwards
Kentucky defensive back Mike Edwards is a play-maker. Pure and simple. That’s why the Bucs drafted him in the third round Friday night.
Sure, it appears Tampa Bay is loading up on defensive backs. They took three on Friday. This is on the heels of the Bucs taking three defensive backs in the 2018 NFL draft.
But Bucs general manager Jason Licht says he wasn’t happy with the play in the secondary a year ago.
Bucs trade down in third round, select two defensive backs
The Bucs continued to stock their secondary in the the second day of the NFL draft Friday, taking defensive backs with both of their third-round selections.
They drafted Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean with the 90th overall pick, then selected Kentucky defensive back Mike Edwards with the 99th pick
Bucs keep stockpiling defensive backs
How many defensive backs do the Buccaneers need?
The answer: As many as it takes.
With the selection of Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting, Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean and Kentucky safety Mike Edwards on Friday, Tampa Bay has picked a league-high nine defensive backs in the first four rounds of the NFL draft since 2016.
Gators’ Jachai Polite slides to Jets in third round
Edge rusher Jachai Polite became the second Florida product drafted this year when the Jets picked him with the fourth pick of the third round (No. 68 overall).
Three months ago, Polite slipping this far seemed unlikely. He was a popular first-round selection in early mock drafts after an ultra-productive junior season. His six forced fumbles tied UF’s single-season record, and he’s one of only four players in UF history to cause at least eight career fumbles.
But Polite struggled during the pre-draft process.
Devin White came from a small town with a big dream
TAMPA — At the moment the NFL was about to reveal his future, Devin White put his head in his hands, closed his eyes and peered into the past.
The Raiders had just selected Clemson defensive tackle Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 pick. Tampa Bay was on the clock.
White had brought a graduation picture of his stepbrother, J’Marco Jewel Greenard, whom everyone called J.J., to the green room at the draft in Nashville.
Bucs trade down, pick up an extra third-round pick
The Bucs trade down in the third round of the NFL draft, sending the 70th overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams for the 94th and 99th picks.
The Rams use the 70th pick to draft Memphis running back Darrell Henderson.
Bucs give Make-A-Wish fan a draft experience to remember
TAMPA — Kacey Reynolds III was supposed to announce the Bucs’ first-round pick last season when the NFL draft was in Dallas, but he spent most of the last calendar year in and out of the hospital battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
"I never thought I'd be healthy enough to do it," Reynolds said Friday.
But on Thursday, the 19-year-old lifelong Bucs fan shook NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s hand, stood on the outdoor stage in front of a sea of fans assembled along Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville and introduced LSU inside linebacker Devin White as the Bucs’ first-round selection.
Then, over a 24-hour span, the Bucs treated Kacey like a first-round pick.
Bucs choose Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting in second round
The Bucs continued to try to improve their defense Friday, using their second-round pick, the 39th overall, on Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting.
Bunting gives the Bucs a solid cover guy and a ballhawk. He allowed just 17 catches last season while intercepting two passes and breaking up five.
A first-team All-MAC pick, he added 37 tackles, including three for loss, and two forced fumbles in 12 games.
Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor headed to Jaguars
It took longer than expected, but Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor finally emerged from the green room at the NFL draft.
Taylor will stay in the state after the Jaguars traded up one spot to draft him with the third pick of the second round (No. 35 overall) Friday night.
Bucs’ targets for day 2 of draft
The first round of the 2019 NFL draft is in the books, so Thomas Bassinger looks ahead to tonight and the Bucs’ potential targets in the second and third rounds.
The Bucs are in a good spot, as there’s a lot of talent left on the board at positions of need.
As good as he is, Bucs still might have missed on White
TAMPA — Let’s make one thing clear: Devin White, the former LSU inside linebacker who the Bucs chose fifth in the NFL draft, is a very good football player who is going to make people proud that he is a Buccaneer.
He’s just not what this franchise needed, first and foremost, Martin Fennelly writes.
That would be pass rushing dervish Josh Allen, who was sitting right there when the Bucs passed him over.
The silver lining in Gators’ first-round shutout
Thursday night was not a great one for the Florida Gators.
For the first time since 2012, no Gators were chosen in the first round of the NFL draft. That was a surprise, considering three different Gators have been in the first round in various mock drafts over the last few months, and offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor was viewed by some as a potential top-10 pick.
There was, however, a slight reason for UF optimism Thursday: Three Mississippi State players went in the first 27 picks (defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, defensive end Montez Sweat and safety Johnathan Abram). All three, of course, were recruited by and coached by Dan Mullen.
Florida State’s Brian Burns goes to Carolina Panthers
Florida State defensive end Brian Burns’ football career will continue in the South.
The Carolina Panthers selected the former Seminole with the No. 16 overall pick Thursday night in the first round of the NFL draft.
Burns established himself as one of the best pass rushers in a class loaded with them after having one of the most prolific careers in FSU history.
Will Devin White make the Bucs a playoff team?
Devin White is going to be a fine NFL football player and, 10 years from now, may be celebrated as a Tampa Bay icon, John Romano writes.
But he’s an inside linebacker and recent history says that’s not the most dynamic position on a football field. Defensive linemen? They change teams. Outside linebackers? They impact opposing game plans.
Inside linebackers? They are clearly important, but they’re not usually chosen in the top five picks of the draft. Which kind of makes drafting White feel like settling for a safer pick.
Fast facts on new Bucs linebacker Devin White
As they transition to a 3-4 scheme, the Bucs are currently thin at inside linebacker, and the idea of teaming a rare talent like Devin White with veteran Lavonte David makes for a nice pairing to center the defense around.
Inside linebacker is the most important position in the 3-4 front, because those players must know all the assignments. And while it’s rare to see off-the-ball linebackers drafted so high, White is a freakish athlete who also has an elite football IQ and leadership quality that stand out.
Bucs use first-round pick on LSU linebacker Devin White
TAMPA — The Bucs selected LSU linebacker Devin White in the first round of the NFL draft.
White had been projected by many to be chosen by Tampa Bay, who need to strengthen its linebacking corps as it converts to a 3-4 defense.
Cardinals make Kyler Murray top pick in NFL draft
The Arizona Cardinals selected Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the NFL draft.
Just a year ago, the Cardinals used the 10th overall pick on Josh Rosen, hoping the former UCLA star would be their quarterback of the future.
Murray’s decision to play football, not baseball — where he was the ninth overall pick by the Oakland A’s — created a new option for an Arizona team with a new coach and a new offensive system.
First-round team-by-team picks
1. Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2. San Francisco 49ers — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3. New York Jets — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. Oakland Raiders — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devin White, LB, LSU
6. New York Giants — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
7. Jacksonville Jaguars — Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
8. Detroit Lions — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
9. Buffalo Bills — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver Broncos) — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
11. Cincinnati Bengals — Jonah Williams, G, Alabama
12. Green Bay Packers — Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
13. Miami Dolphins — Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
14. Atlanta Falcons — Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
15. Washington Redskins — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
16. Carolina Panthers — Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns) — Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
18. Minnesota Vikings — Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
19. Tennessee Titans — Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers) — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
21. Seattle Seahawks — Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore Ravens) — Andre Dillard, T, Washington State
23. Houston Texans — Tytus Howard, T, Alabama State
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears) — Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles) — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
26. Washington (from Indianapolis Colts) — Montez Sweat, LB, Mississippi State
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys) — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
28. Los Angeles Chargers — Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs) — L.J. Collier, DE, TCU
30. New York Giants (from Seattle Seahawks) — Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
31. Atlanta Falcons (from Los Angeles Rams) — Kaleb McGary, T, Washington
32. New England Patriots — N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
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