Our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers have many glaring needs despite how the defense played this season. Safety was a concern last season and going to be a problem heading into this season; And with McDougald and Conte being free agents this offseason, Tampa should look to add some Safety help. This draft should be mainly focused on the offensive side of the ball but in the later rounds and even the undrafted rookies could be some really good safeties.
In my opinion, this draft should be mainly focused on the offensive side of the ball, however, in the later rounds, there could be some solid rookie safeties.
Nate Andrews, from Florida State University, and Branden Leston, from Western Kentucky University, could be some intriguing prospects that could come on day three of the draft.
Andrews, hailing from FSU, played early and often for the Seminoles. During his freshman season in Tallahassee, he led the team in ints(4) and helped lead the best pass defense in the nation as they made their way to a national title. His sophomore season was just as good and he finished with 93 tackles, 3 ints, and 5 pass defends. His junior and senior seasons were injury riddled, which is going to make him fall into late rounds or even out of the draft, so he hadn’t performed quite like he did in his early college stint. He is great in space, with excellent balls skills, and he thrives on contact.
Branden Leston made his name known against Marshall’s Thundering Herd, where he had three first-half interceptions and 8 tackles helping the Hilltoppers end the Herd’s perfect 2014 season. Ever since then he as always let teams know he was there to play hard, fast, and is a tackling machine. Leston is another safety who is excellent in space single or double high. After a transfer from linebacker at Presbyterian College to safety at WKU, Leston was third on the team in tackles, with 63, and this past season he finished with 96 tackles, 70 of those being solo.
Leston and Andrews, both would fit nicely in Tampa, but they could come cheap as well. I think that at the very least, it would not hurt to give the two guys a look.