Bucs Selects CB Wansley With First 7th-Round Pick

April 21 - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their first seventh-round draft choice (233 overall) on University of Georgia cornerback Tim Wansley. While he played cornerback as a Bulldog, Tampa Bay selected Wansley for his skills on special teams.

Tampa Bay entered the seventh round of the 2002 NFL Draft armed with four selections. With their first pick in the seventh round (233rd overall), the Bucs selected Georgia cornerback Tim Wansley.

"He's (Wansley's) another defensive back at the University of Georgia," said Coach Gruden. "He slipped a little bit in the draft because he had a broken leg. He is working out now. He is close to 90 percent. He's a very productive, competitive corner at the University. He's a guy who has a knack for returning punts."

"I feel really good and I'm very excited," said Wansley. "I've been waiting and waiting. When I took my visit down there, everything went pretty well. I like the defensive scheme. That's the kind of defense I played at Georgia. That's my style. I like to sit there and catch somebody running out of the flat. I like to jam the receiver and get in their face. I love that type of defense and I know I can fit in down there."

Wansley (5-foot-8, 180) was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs at cornerback and was a major contributor on special teams. In 2000, Wansley had 71 tackles, 12 passes broken up and six interceptions -- two of which were returned for touchdowns.

Against Vanderbilt, he notched 12 tackles, returned an interception 62 yards for a touchdown and also returned a blocked extra point 86 yards for a defensive extra point.

In 2001, he 69 tackles, nine pass breakups and two interceptions before breaking a bone in his lower leg in the season finale against Houston.

Wansley has a great feel for coverage and has good anticipation as evidenced by his nine career interceptions and 29 pass breakups. His short stature and lack of great speed will force him to rely on technique and special teams ability to make the Buccaneers' 53-man roster.

"I think that's where you really make the team is by having an impact on special teams," said Wansley. "There is only a certain amount of space on defense and there's 11 players and only two corners out there."

Wansley excelled on special teams as a gunner and was named as the Bulldogs' special teams captain in 2001. He ran a fake punt 18 yards against Florida for a first down, and returned a punt 52 yards against Houston.

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