As a follow up to our breakdown of the safeties the Buccaneers could target in this draft, it should be noted that the Bucs may look to draft a safety much earlier than most expect.
We know the Bucs have needs at defensive end and offensive line, but safety has been a position the Bucs have shown a lot of interest in during the draft process. Arizona State's Damarious Randall, Louisville's Gerod Holliman, and Utah's Eric Rowe have had private workouts and visits with the Bucs. There are other names of safeties who could peak the Bucs interest as well.
I have been writing and speaking about Eric Rowe since the Senior Bowl. The Bucs were very interested in him then, and they are still interested in him now. Some analysts have just started getting on board with Eric Rowe, and some are now projecting him as a late 1st round pick. If he's available at the top of the 2nd round, the Buccaneers may consider him over other positions of need. Rowe can play corner or safety.
Damarious Randall has also been a safety that has gotten a lot of attention as of late. I don't get it. I'm not a fan of his film. I think he has some nice athleticism, but doesn't flash near enough for me to consider taking him over an offensive linemen or defensive end.
Samford's Jaquiski Tartt is a player I'd much rather see the Bucs target in the 3rd round than Darmaious Randall. Tartt is a big safety with plenty of speed and athleticism. He comes from a small school, so he'll need some developing, but I like his potential over Randall's at this point.
Ideally for me, the Bucs wait until the 4th round to address safety. I really like the film I saw of Northwestern's Ibraheim Abraham. I think he can make plays in the pass game, but also adds help in run support. Abraham has also not gotten nearly the publicity as other safeties, which means you might be able to grab him in the 4th or 5th round as a day 3 target.
With Major Wright and Chris Conte battling right now to start next to Bradley McDougald, do not be surprised if the Buccaneers bring in another young safety to pair with McDougald in the back end of their secondary.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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