Tandy Makes Tampa Connection

Tampa Bay went back to back on West Virginia defenders in rounds five and six of the NFL Draft. After picking Najee Goode to help bolster their linebacking corps, the Bucs selected Keith Tandy with the #174 overall selection.

Keith Tandy was one of the unsung leaders of the 2011 Orange Bowl champion West Virginia Mountaineers, but that didn't go unnoticed by Tampa Bay, which drafted the WVU cornerback in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Tandy, a native of Hopkinsville, Ky., was a high school quarterback, but played his entire career for West Virginia as a corner. A two-year starter and first team all-Big East selection, Tandy recorded 179 tackles and 13 interceptions at WVU. He also broke up 24 passes and had nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Tampa Bay's cornerback roster is headed by 16-year veteran Ronde Barber, who was second on the team in tack;es with 79 last year. Also on the roster are productive E.J. Biggers (4th year, 61 tackles), Aqib Talib (fifth year, 34 stops) Myron Lewis (third year, four tackles) and Eric Wright (sixth year, free agent signee). Most NFL teams keep either four or five corners, so Tandy will need to either beat out someone on the roster or make a case for himself as a swing player who could also play safety and be effective as a special teams performer as well.

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