1 - LB - Devin White - LSU Led the Bucs in tackles in 2022 and has formed a great partnership in the middle of the defense with Lavonte David. Has started every game he was healthy for and earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2021. Recorded nine sacks in 2020 including a pair of three-sack games having scored two defensive touchdowns in his rookie season. His fumble return score against Atlanta was the longest such play in franchise history. Was the Bucs' top selection in the 2019 draft and the fifth overall selection. 2 - CB - Sean Murphy-Bunting - Central Michigan Moved back into a starting role for the final month of the season but has never been able to hold down a regular spot in his four years with the Buccaneers. Led the Bucs in interceptions in 2019 with three including a 70-yard score in his hometown of Detroit. Had interceptions in all three of the playoff wins on the way to the Super Bowl. Was selected 39th overall and a two-year starter at college at Central Michigan. Switched to the No.23 jersey for the 2020 season. 3- CB - Jamel Dean - Auburn Has been a regular member of the defensive backfield during his four seasons with the Buccaneers and started every game he was fully healthy for during the 2022 season. Moved into a starting role in the final month of his rookie season and ranked second on the team with 17 passes defensed in the process with two interceptions. Was the first of two third round selections in 2019 and the 94th overall pick. 3 - S - Mike Edwards - Kentucky Returned to a regular starting role in 2022 but missed four games through injury. Had an interception return score against New Orleans. Had spent the previous two seasons as the main back-up at both safety positions. Had a three-week NFL suspension for falsifying his vaccination status. Returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns against Atlanta in 2021, the first Buc to do it in a regular season game. Was the first second of two third round selections in 2019 and the 99th overall pick. 4 - DE - Anthony Nelson - Iowa Moved into a regular starting role following the injury to Shaq Barrett and set a career-high for sacks. Had seen more extensive playing time in his third NFL season and ranked third on the team with five sacks. Made two starts due to injuries in 2021. Has been a key member of the special teams squads since being drafted with the 107th overall selection in 2019. 5 - K - Matt Gay - Utah Had a real hit-or-miss rookie season with some great success from long distance but then three horror games against the Giants and Falcons twice in which his fieldgoal and PAT misses probably cost the Bucs victory. Did not impress during the 2020 training camp and was released in the final roster cutdown in favour of veteran Ryan Succop. Was signed by the Rams at mid-season and won a Super Bowl with them. 6 - WR - Scotty Miller - Bowling Gren Remains a back-up on the receiving corps despite his speed and was seen more as a special teams gunner as the 2022 season wore on. Has often been used on Jet sweep reverses in Buccaneer colours. His touchdown reception in the NFC Championship win in Green Bay was one of the most pivotal plays in franchise history. 7 - DT - Terry Beckner - Missouri Did not make the team out of training camp but did spent a few weeks on the practice squad before earning a four-week NFL suspension for illegal supplements. Was then released when that ended. Had a brief spell on the Bears' practice squad in 2020 and then dropped out of professional football.
The 2019 Buccaneer draft review The Bucs picked from 5th, 7th and 6th during the draft. They traded a 3rd round pick to the Rams in exchange for two later 3rd round picks. DRAFT ANALYSIS - Another tremendous draft with four starters from the Super Bowl team including three members of the defensive backfield. White became a star and Nelson came on strongly during the 2021 season. Only one member of the class did not make the roster and all were contributors.
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