Real Bucs Talk: Tykee Smith Film Study


On this episode of the Real Bucs Talk Podcast the guys break down the game film of Buccaneers third-round draft pick, defensive back Tykee Smith’s game film.

This is our Post-Draft Grade for Smith from JT Olson

Tykee Smith – B+

The Bucs wanted to improve in coverage going into this season. The pass defense was picked apart far too often last year as the team switched from primarily man coverage, to more zone heavy. Changes had to be made in the secondary.

We saw this with the trade of Carlton Davis. Now Zyon McCollum is expected to step in and start as someone who fits the direction of the defense better and has more play making ability on the ball. This was also a point of emphasis.

The Buccaneers add similar skill upgrades with Smith. He had four interceptions in college last year and is a better, more athletic coverage player than last year’s starting nickel Chris Izien. It’s not the outside cornerback that some expected, but Smith fits the bill for everything the Bucs wanted.

Tykee Smith’s College Highlights 

It’s believed the Bucs see Smith as their slot defensive back. If that is the case, look out because this guy is a playmaker.


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