The 2018 Buccaneer draft review
1
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
Started every game in the middle of the defensive line in 2019 and gaining great reviews around the NFL for his work stuffing the run. Also played snaps on offense as a blocker and scored on a goal-line pass play in the win in Atlanta. Was the Bucs' top draft pick in 2018 having been selected with the 12th overall selection. Won the Pac12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year Award in his senior year.

2 - RB - Ronald Jones - USC
Emerged as the starting tailback in the second half of 2019 and had several big plays in both the running and receiving game. Had a very disappointing rookie season being named inactive on seven occasions and then showing nothing when he did get the chance. Showed similar traits in the pre-season having been selected with the 38th overall pick in the 2018 draft.

2 - CB - MJ Stewart - North Carolina
Played in 10 games making just one start against Arizona but has moved to the back of the pecking order in the current secondary. Had started five of the first seven games as a rookie but then missed a month through injury and only played in nickel defenses and on special teams when he returned. Was drafted with the 53rd overall pick, the first of two second round CB selections by the Buccaneers in 2018.

2 - CB - Carlton Davis - Auburn
Has started for most of his two seasons with the Buccaneers and spent 2019 lined up against the opposition No.1 receiver. Recorded his first NFL interception against the Falcons. Was drafted with the 63rd overall pick having started 32 of 38 games for the Auburn Tigers and being named a first team All-American by Sports Illustrated.

3 - T - Alex Cappa - Humboldt
Moved into a starting role during 2019 and made 13 starts at right guard impressing in the process. Had spent the first 10 games of his rookie season as a gameday inactive but then saw more regular playing time at right guard over the final month of the year. Was the 94th overall selection in the Draft, out of Humboldt State, the first player drafted from that college since 1992.

4 - S - Jordan Whitehead - Pittsburgh
One of the best young safeties in the NFL and started the first 14 games for the Bucs in 2019 before being placed on IR. Had moved into the starting line-up in October 2019 and remained there for the final 10 games of the season impressing many with his physical style of play in the run game. Was selected 117th overall out of Pittsburgh and started 30 games on defense as well as seeing some time in the offensive backfield.

5 - WR - Justin Watson - Penn
Played in every game in his second season moving into a starting role the final two weeks when injuries decimated the receiving corps. Caught his first two NFL touchdown passes in 2019. Had played in 12 games as a rookie but saw only limited action at receiver with just one catch on the year and played mostly on special teams coverage units.

6 - LB - Jack Cichy - Wisconsin
Had his second straight NFL season cut short by injury having seen extensive time on special teams and limited time on actual defensive duties. Was selected 202nd overall out of Wisconsin having missed two of his college seasons through ACL injuries.