The 2018 Buccaneer draft review
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Vita
Vea
2
Ronald
Jones
2
MJ
Stewart
2
Carlton
Davis
3
Alex
Cappa
4
Jordan
Whitehead
5
Justin
Watson
6
Jack
Cichy
RdSelectionPos
1Vita VeaDT
2Ronald JonesRB
2MJ StewartCB
2Carlton DavisCB
3Alex CappaT
4Jordan WhiteheadS
5Justin WatsonWR
6Jack CichyLB

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The Bucs picked from 7th, 6th, 5th and 8th during the draft. They swopped 1st round picks with Buffalo for two 2nd round picks. They traded a 3rd round pick the Giants for DE Jason Pierre-Paul. Other trades were made with Minnesota and New England to move selections in the 3rd and 4th rounds.


1 - DT - Vita Vea - Washington
Another very nice piece joins a defense that ranked dead last in 2017. Vea will pair with perennial Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy to give Tampa Bay a monstrous duo inside between new rush ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry. At 6-4 and 347 pounds, Vea has scary athleticism for a man his size he was a running back in high school but will have to prove he can be a factor on passing downs after posting just 9 sacks in three seasons with the Huskies.

2 - RB - Ronald Jones - USC
A highly explosive home run hitter who invites frequent comparisons with Jamaal Charles. He racked up 2,500 yards and 31 TDs on the ground over the last two seasons but isn't an accomplished receiver. Still, he should immediately replace departed Doug Martin as Tampa Bay's primary ball carrier.

2 - CB - MJ Stewart - North Carolina
A stout, physical presence, much needed for a secondary that contributed significantly to the NFL's worst pass defense in 2017. Stewart should eventually replace aging Brent Grimes.

2 - CB - Carlton Davis - Auburn
Tampa gets its second corner in the last 11 picks as GM Jason Licht continues remaking his leaky secondary. At 6-1, 206 pounds, Davis is also built to lean on Julio Jones and Michael Thomas.

3 - T - Alex Cappa - Humboldt
Completes an inside trio that includes Ali Marpet and newly signed C Ryan Jensen. They could open some nice holes for new speed back Ronald Jones, one of Tampa's second rounders.

4 - S - Jordan Whitehead - Pittsburgh
Undersized which makes playing near the line of scrimmage a challenge and his instincts as a high safety were troubling as he allowed too many big plays. Teams may look to utilize him as a hybrid defensive back in sub packages with the ability to cover the slot and handle run support duties against teams who run the ball out of three wideout personnel groupings.

5 - WR - Justin Watson - Penn
Posted three straight 1,000-yard seasons and won All-Ivy League honours each of those years. Proved he could play at a higher level in post-season all-star games. His size and ball skills are intriguing, but will need to prove this his athletic testing can carry-over onto the field.

6 - LB - Jack Cichy - Wisconsin
had a breakout party at the Badgers' 2015 Holiday Bowl victory over USC, winning Defensive MVP honors single-handedly shutting down the Trojans' offense with nine tackles and three sacks in the second half. Missed half the 2016 season with a torn pectoral muscle and the entire 2017 season with a knee injury. Nicknamed "Three sack Jack" from his sophomore bowl performance.