1 - LB - Devin White - LSUAfter three seasons with the Buccaneers, is well on his way to becoming one of the best inside linebackers in the NFL. 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.2 - CB - Sean Murphy-Bunting - Central MichiganOne of the regular starting cornerbacks on the roster in 2021 but missed several games through injury. Moved into a starting role at mid-season in 2019 and wound up leading the Bucs in interceptions 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.3- CB - Jamel Dean - AuburnHas been a regular member of the defensive backfield during his three seasons with the Buccaneers and saw more starts in the 2021 season. Played in 13 games as a rookie and made five starts in the final six weeks at either the corner or nickel back position. Ranked second on the team with 17 passes defensed in the process and recorded two interceptions.3 - S - Mike Edwards - KentuckyHas spent the past two seasons as the primary back-up at both safety positions but did make four starts. Had a three-week NFL suspension for falsifying his vaccination status. Returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns against Atlanta, the first Buc to do it in a regular season game4 - DE - Anthony Nelson - IowaSaw more extensive playing time in his second 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.5 - K - Matt Gay - UtahHad 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 had a highly successful second half of the year with the LA-based team.6 - WR - Scotty Miller - Bowling GrenRemains a back-up on the receiving corps but has real deep speed and has proven to be a steal from his draft position. Missed seven games at mid-season through injury and his 2021 numbers were way down on his first two NFL campaigns. Often used on Jet sweep reverses in the Buccaneer offense. 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 - MissouriDid 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 reviewThe 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 - Of course it is way too early to pass judgement on these draft picks - we wait four years before a full analysis and draft grade