The current Buccaneers roster has six safeties under contract, yes SIX. So while there may not be a pressing need to add safety in the draft. Jason Licht and coach Arians will have to make that decision during this weekend’s draft. If they make the decision that one is needed, here are two players I think will fit the defensive scheme of the team.
Antoine Winfield Jr.
I know you are thinking I have heard this name before. You would be correct. His father was a standout defensive back in the NFL for 14 Years. Winfield Jr. is following in the footsteps of his father, albeit the paths have been different. He played his college ball at the University of Minnesota and dealt with a lot of injuries. Winfield Jr. and his father have a similar build as both are 5’9”, but Antoine Jr. is listed at 205 pounds. He still grabbed nine interceptions, had 174 tackles, and two forced fumbles. I think Winfield Jr. could come in and maybe challenge for a spot at safety with the Buccaneers and be a factor on special teams.
Chinn is a big safety at 6’ 3” and 221 pounds with elite athleticism. He also has a family member that played in the NFL, his uncle Steve Atwater. Playing at Southern Illinois he racked up 13 interceptions, 31 pass breakups, and six forced fumbles over his career. Over the draft process, he has been compared to Isaiah Simmon because of his ability to line up in several positions on the field. He may not be ready to come in and start day one, but he has all the tools to come in and learn the role that Deone Bucannon played in Todd Bowles’ defensive system and impact on special teams.
The safety position is not one that must be addressed, but if the Bucs add one, Chinn or Winfield Jr. would be two players to monitor.