Bucs Draft Breakdown: Safeties

This is a breakdown of the safeties in this draft that are realistic targets for the Bucs. We tell you why the Bucs should and should not take each of the top 10 safeties that fit the Bucs in this draft.

In this positional breakdown, we look at the safeties in this year's draft that are realistic to the Bucs.

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Middle Linebackers

Defensive Ends

With the assumption that the Bucs will take a quarterback with the 1st overall selection, this list will start with the top 10 safety targets after the 1st round.

1. Eric Rowe - Utah

6'1'' - 205 lbs - 4.45

2nd Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Versatility is very attractive with Rowe. He played 3 seasons at safety before playing the last 2 seasons at corner. I like him as a safety due to him being much more comfortable in zone coverage than man coverage. He has great size and the ability to go up and get the football.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Rowe's weaknesses come more as a corner, which is why I project him as a safety. I think he struggles with short area quickness to cover receivers in man coverage.


2. Quinten Rollins - Miami (OH)

5'11'' - 195 lbs - 4.56

2nd/3rd Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Rollins is a converted basketball player who played one year of football in 2014. He became the MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. Rollins played corner in 2014, but I think he could be molded into the ideal centerfield type safety. He has natural ball instincts and could become a turnover machine in the NFL.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: He's raw with very limited experience playing football. He might not have the passion for football that he does for basketball, despite being better at playing football.


3. Jaquiski Tartt - Samford

6'1'' - 221 lbs - 4.53

2nd/3rd Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Tartt has all of the physical tools you want in a safety. The best aspect of Tartt is that his faults can be corrected and coached up. I think his potential could be outstanding.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Coming from Samford, the biggest issues with Tartt is level of competition he played against. He has to improve his technique and not get caught staring in the backfield.


4. Ibraheim Campbell - Northwestern

5'11'' - 208 lbs - 4.54

3rd Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: I might be in the minority, but I just think there is a lot to like about Campbell. He's a great tackler, excellent in the open field, and can match up well in coverage. I also like the way he sifts through traffic to make the tackle.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Campbell can get turned around and lost at times in zone coverage.


5. Damarious Randall - Arizona State

5'11'' - 196 lbs - 4.46

3rd Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: When Randall gets his hands on the ball, he catches it. Randall also showed the ability to return interceptions for touchdowns. Randall's best attributes come as a gunner on punt coverage.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Randall does nothing for me when I watch him. He offers nothing in run support and does not make near the plays in the secondary that I'd want from a centerfielder. I guess overall instincts need to be improved.


6. Derron Smith - Fresno State

5'10'' - 200 lbs - DNP

4th Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Smith can play near the line of scrimmage in run support and back as a centerfielder. He had 13 interceptions over the past two seasons.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Smith is not very big, so matching up against tight ends could be a struggle. He also needs to become a better tackler.


7. Cody Prewitt - Ole Miss

6'2'' - 208 lbs - 4.60

3rd/4th Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Size and experience are Prewitt's best attributes. He was a 4-year starter at Ole Miss.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: He is stiff as an athlete and will be very limited in coverage in the NFL. Much better in zone than in man coverage.


8. Kurtis Drummond - Michigan State

6'1'' - 208 lbs - 4.65

4th Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Drummond is very fluid with natural movement skills for his size. He played better in 2013 than he did in 2014, but did show flashes of potential he has.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Drummond is not a thumper and struggles at times in the open field.


9. Adrian Amos - Penn State

6'0'' - 208 lbs - 4.37

5th Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Amos is very strong in coverage as a free safety. Amos can plan zone, but also match up in press man coverage. He's a fluid athlete with speed to run with receivers deep.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Amos is not physical and does not offer much in run support. In addition to that, the angles he takes are not good and typically put him out of position.


10. Gerod Holliman - Louisville

6'0'' - 218 lbs - DNP

5th Round

Why the Bucs Should Take Him: For me, Holliman looks the part of a centerfield free safety. He looks smooth in coverage. In his only season as a starter, he ended with 14 interceptions. Yes, 14 interceptions in one season.

Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Holliman gets beat for big plays...A LOT. I hate his angles. He gets tricked by playaction and misdirection. He's not a good tackler.


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