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Five things we learned about the Bucs on the draft’s second day

There’s something behind the run on defensive backs

Bucs GM Jason Licht said the team’s Day 2 run on defensive backs wasn’t an indictment on the team’s incumbent crop, but there’s no question that last year’s secondary was void of playmakers. In taking three defensive backs on in the second and third rounds, there is a common theme. The Bucs went for size, athleticism and ball skills with their picks, players who can be utilized in a variety of roles to fit the multiple schemes defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is expected to employ

The Bucs like Bunting’s intangibles

Second-round pick Sean Bunting may not have played under the bright spotlight of the SEC like his fellow Tampa Bay draftees, but in taking him at No. 39, they definitely valued his leadership qualities, much like that of first-rounder Devin Smith. It's clear that this new regime is focused on getting not only good players, but good people to mold the next wave of locker room leadership.

What about the edge?

The Bucs passed on edge defender Josh Allen to take White in the first round, and on the second day went without taking an edge. Most of the high-end edge talent was gone by the end of the first round, but we thought coming in this was a position they wanted to upgrade. “It was just the way the board fell,” GM Jason Licht said. “We still have a day left in the draft. The draft isn’t only way to acquire players we are a new staff with Todd and Bruce, myself. We love JPP (Jason Pierre-Paul) and Carl Nassib.”

Don’t count out Dean

Cornerback Jamel Dean has overcome a lot, including three serious knee injuries over a four-year span. He had two knee surgeries before he finished high school and failed to get medically cleared at Ohio State. Dean said Friday that at one point he was told he only had a five-percent chance of being successful in football because of his injuries. Despite that, Dean is one of the fastest corners you're going to find, so he's clearly used all the doubters as motivation. "I feel like a lot of teams slept on me, but Tampa really had faith with me," Dean said. "I cried. I had tears of joy."

There are several areas still to address on Day 3

With the Day 2 emphasis on the secondary, the Bucs still have a lot to address in the later rounds. It would have been nice to see them get another interior defensive lineman, especially since we all expect Gerald McCoy’s days in a Bucs uniform to be over. The right side of the offensive line also needs attention, so there’s plenty of holes to continue to fill on the draft’s final day.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.




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