Ross Jackson

An Eye on the Enemy: Bucs Final Day Selections

4.17 – Pitt Safety Jordan Whitehead

In a continued effort to improve their secondary, the Bucs again take a defensive back. Unfortunately for them, though, they went with Whitehead. I try to be pretty neutral about these write-ups but this one just doesn’t fit for me. He’s not a very good cover safety, can’t track the ball well, got worse from his freshman season on, and has some character questions. This is the second secondary add that Tampa Bay has made with character issues. Seems like it’s not the best choice. Perhaps he finds his flow and chills out when he gets into the more highly-policed NFL environment. This was also the pick delivered by parrot to a bunch of people dressed like pirates. The parrot wouldn’t even announce the pick, fam. Will be a factor in the run game, if he loosens up a bit and stops always going for the big hit and ending up embarrassed. Had a hamstring injury this year and a terrible arm injury in 2016. 2/10 on impact for us.

5.7 UPenn WR Justin Watson

Watson was very productive in college, compiling over 1,000 receiving yards all three seasons at Pennsylvania. He stunned everyone at his pro day with a 4.40 40 and 40″ vertical leap. Despite those numbers though, the biggest thing is that he’s only ever faced subpar talent at the cornerback position. Match him up with our cornerbacks and he won’t know what hit him. Despite his NFL-level size at 6’3″ 225 pounds, he tends to get knocked off his routes with contact at the line, which is what our big, physical corners love to do. 4/10 because he’s going to get bullied by our guys if he hits the field but could manage some effective catches on drags and crossing routes over the middle where he doesn’t get contact.

6.28 Wisconsin LB Jack Cichy

I had Jack listed as an alternative pick in my final day top five in place of Skai Moore. Mostly because of his injury history. Cichy is credited as a smart player but missed the second half of his junior season with a torn pectoral muscle and his entire senior season with a torn ACL. Before that injury, he was a top-50 prospect and is still noted as a fourth to fifth round pick. He fell for the understandable injury concerns. Even though ACL injuries aren’t what they used to be in terms of recovery and ability after repair, these two separate injuries are major red flags. He’ll have a lot of time to heal up and learn behind an already constructed linebacking corps in Tampa Bay Might be able to spend time helping out on special teams. 5/10 as there’s no real affect here.