It's no secret the Bucs want to improve their depth in the secondary, and despite adding an accomplished veteran like Brent Grimes in free agency, finding young talent to develop behind the experienced starters will be a priority in the draft.
The team is also hoping to stop the revolving door they've had in the return game recently, going through multiple options in recent years without finding a true difference-maker at the position.
One prospect in this year's draft who could give them both of those things is Alabama's Cyrus Jones, who is scheduled for a private workout with the team, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle:
Jones struggled early on in his career for the Crimson Tide, but made huge improvements over his career and became a key contributor on one of the nation's most dominant defenses last year. He was instrumental in setting the tone for Bama's 38-0 drubbing of Michigan State in the College Football Playoff semifinal game, coming up with a huge interception in the red zone to keep the Spartans off the board just before halftime, then broke the game wide open in the third quarter with a punt return for a touchdown.
Jones set a school record with four punt returns for touchdowns in 2015, and was easily their most consistent cover man at corner. At 5'10", 197 pounds, Jones is likely too small to play on the outside at the NFL level, but he would be a perfect it in the slot when the Bucs are in nickel packages. He's projected to go in the middle rounds, and would fit well behind Grimes with the chance to learn from an experienced veteran before developing into a starter down the road.
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