The Bucs made noise in the 2019 NFL draft their main need heading into 2019: the defense.
In an attempt to shore up the defense, 6 of their 8 picks were centered around that side of the ball. Headlined by LSU’s Devin White and Central Michigan’s Sean Bunting, the Bucs looked to add to their defensive core that already consists of impressive veterans such as Gerald McCoy, Jason Pierre-Paul, Lavonte David and Vernon Hargreaves as they proceed into the next season with hopefully a better defense; despite losing arguably their best defensive player in Kwon Alexander.
Other than drafting wide-receiver Scott Miller, the Bucs really didn’t do much to help the offense. They did continue the seemingly dreadful yearly tradition for Buccaneer fans all across Hillsborough County and drafted a kicker.
It’s a sigh of relief for Buccaneer fans that the defense was the primary focus, however, quite a few were left rather unsatisfied considering they used the later pick to draft a receiver. The offensive side of the ball is centered around Mike Evans, one of the best receivers in football and Chris Godwin
To answer the runningback woes, TB has now signed another undrafted rookie. Bruce Anderson was the runningback at NDSU the last few years. THis past year, he ran for 1,216 years with 156 extra receiving yards. He averaged 7.5 yards a carry this past year, and was a major difference maker as a multi-dimensional runningback for 3 different FCS subdivision National Champinoship squads. He had a 4.5 at his North Dakota State Pro Day.
For Anderson, signing with the Bucs is more of a childhood dream realized. Anderson went to high-school at Joe E. Newsome High-School in Lithia, which is a suburb of the Tampa Bay area in the aforementioned Hillsborough County. For Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they get much needed runningback depth gamble that could pay off in a major way.
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