TAMPA — The Bucs continued to stock their secondary on 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 pickThe Bucs dealt their 70th pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for two selections late in the round.In Dean, the Bucs took their second cornerback of Day 2. They selected Central Michigan's Sean Bunting in the second round at No. 39 overall.Bucs general manager Jason Licht said that going heavy on defensive backs on Day 2 had more to do with the way the draft fell than was an indictment of last year’s secondary, but it’s no secret that the Tampa Bay defensive backs struggled to manufacture takeaways and the Bucs’ pass defense ranked 25th out of the league’s 32 teams. “You’re just always trying to get better,” Licht said. “And it’s not really an indictment on the guys who are here. It’s a long season. You guys have seen firsthand, throughout the years, the injuries start stacking up and our depth wasn’t where we’d like ti to be. We needed to add an infuse of talent. I really wasn’t happy with the play of the secondary as a whole last year, just because of the lack of depth and just because the way the board fell, at this point, we felt we still had guys that would eventually slide into starting roles or have the talent to do it. Competition is a good thing.” The 6-foot-1, 206-point Dean has good size and rare speed. He clocked a 4.3 40 time at the combine.Dean has had an interesting path to the draft, enduring three knee injuries over a four-year stretch. He tore his ACL and meniscus during his junior year upon committing to Ohio State, then tore his meniscus again his senior year.He was medically disqualified to play at Ohio State, then transferred to Auburn. He started two seasons with the Tigers, recording 30 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 2018 as a redshirt junior.“He plays a physical game,” Licht said. “He’s a really good press guy. He’s a really good tackler and he;s a really sharp kid, too, as well.” At Auburn, Dean played alongside Bucs second-year cornerback Carlton Davis, with whom he will now compete for playing time.“We used to work with each other after practice all the time,” Dean said of Davis. “We used to do recovery together. We used to do extra work together. Me and him being on the same team again, it really means a lot to me.”The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Edwards played all 51 games in his college career, including 44 consecutive starts. He ranked second on the Wildcats team in tackles (76), tackles for a loss (nine), pass breakups (six) and interceptions (two).While Bunting and Dean are more suited to line up on the outside, where they can use their size and athleticism to press opposing receivers and interrupt passes thrown their way, the Bucs see Edwards as a safety who can fly to the ball, disrupt the passing game and provide run support in the Bucs’ new 3-4 defensive scheme.“He’s a playmaker,” Licht said. “He had good speed, tough guy and just find a way to get his hands on balls and intercept guys. Any Kentucky guy we’ve talked to and asked them who you want to bring with you, it’s Mike Edwards. It’s simple.” Said Edwards: “I feel like I’m a ball guy. I love the ball. I love to get to the ball and taking away the ball. That’s what I harp on. Getting turnovers. If it’s fumbles or interceptions, whatever it may be. I’m a playmaker so I can help the team out next year as far as taking the ball away. Getting fumbles. Getting interceptions. Whatever it may be but I feel like I’m a playmaker on the back end."The Rams used the 70th pick to draft Memphis running back Darrell Henderson. Contact Eduardo A. Encina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @EddieInTheYard.