After Tampa Bay drafted Vita Vea, it left many Bucs fans with mixed feelings. While some loved the selection of the Washington Husky product, others were left scratching their heads as the Bucs decided to pass on Derwin James from Florida State.
Most assumed the Bucs would fall in line with most major mock drafts that had them taking James in the 1st round to help fill a porous secondary. To say that Bucs secondary needs help is an understatement as they were either last or close to it in every major category. An old adage states that in order to fix a defense, it always starts in the trenches and Vea fits that bill perfectly.
Former Buccaneer Chris Simms from the Bleacher Report stated the Bucs made the right selection by drafting Vea. On his show, The Simms and Lefkoe Podcast, Simms explains that many of the teams the Bucs play are able to run and pass effectively. So it will be critical to not only stop the running game, but generate a sorely missed pass rush.
Simms also stated that, “James didn’t really fit the Bucs defensive scheme well. As James is seen more of a box safety, which isn’t a natural fit in Tampa Bay. As their safety’s are asked frequently to drop back deep in coverage often.”
After shoring up the defensive line, they addressed the DB unit heavily in the second round by selecting M.J. Stewart (No. 53 overall) and Carlton Davis (No. 63 overall). They also added more depth at safety with the selection of Jordan Whitehead in the 4th round (No. 117 overall). Those selections add immediate competition to the secondary and puts everyone in the DB unit on notice that isn’t named Brent Grimes.
Hopefully as a result of that instant competition, you will see a greatly improved secondary this season.
Co-author: Tony Rossi Co-editors: Keith Larson and Tony Rossi