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Draft Day 2: Focus on Defence

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So the hoopla that is the NFL draft has come to an end and after the dust has settled the Bucs have chosen the guys they felt could bring something to the roster. The Bucs only had one Day 1 pick and chose to select Josh Freeman QB from KSU. On Day 2 it was clear the Bucs needed to address the defensive side of the ball.

After drafting Josh Freeman in the first round the Bucs didn’t have a pick until the middle of the third round. With it we chose a big body run stuffing DT in Roy Miller from Texas. A massively powerful player (he holds all sorts of Longhorns powerlifting records), he should hopefully provide useful rotation for the Bucs front 4. The Miller pick does seem to show that the Bucs want to get bigger up front and at 6’1 and 310 Miller is a presence inside.

Roy Miller

Round 4 also brought more size to the D-Line when we selected Kyle Moore from USC. At 6’5 and 272 he’s a big man with a massive reach. I’d see him slotting in on the LDE rotation providing situational pass rush skills.

Kyle Moore

In round 5 the Bucs drafted a project player in Xavier Fulton from Illinois. Fulton started off as a defensive lineman but made the switch to offensive tackle. In the mould of recent Buc lineman at 6’4 304 he’s another massive lineman. Reading analysis of Fulton scouts see a lot of potential but he’ll require a lot of work to get him NFL ready. Certainly he could add depth at the line positions and i’ll be following him through camps to see how the Bucs choose to use him.

Xavier Fulton

In rounds 6 and 7 the Bucs chose to round out the roster with project picks at CB and WR. EJ Biggers, a CB from Western Michigan was up in round 6. Scouts seem to think it’ll be tough for Biggar to make the roster for the Bucs as they feel he doesn’t have elite speed, but seeing as he’s a 6th rounder thats no great surprise. However we’ve seen players like Elbert Mack seemingly come from nowhere to make an impact so there is always a chance. Sammie Stroughter was the final pick for the Bucs, a return specialist/WR from Oregon State. Stroughter has had a number of problems off the field and has come back from depression and a medical redshirt to get drafted. Stroughter projects as a slot reciever in the NFL and i’ll be rooting for him to make the final 53 man roster.

stroughter

EJ Biggers