Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We will start with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Tampa Bay Bucs
Pick: LB Devin White, LSU
Analysis: White missed three games but still had 91 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and an interception. He’s clearly a beast and will be the leader of the Bucs defense for the next decade.
Pick: CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, Central Michigan
Analysis: Murphy-Bunting was a solid second-round choice for the Bucs. He had 44 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and three interceptions. He started 10 games as a rookie, and will start many more in his career in Tampa Bay.
Pick: CB Jamel Dean, Auburn
Analysis: Dean had a decent rookie season. He had 21 tackles and two picks in 13 games played. That’s good production from a third-rounder.
Pick: CB Mike Edwards, Hawaii
Analysis: The Bucs took three corners in a row and look to have hit on all of them. Edwards finished the season with 45 tackles and a sack.
Pick: DE Anthony Nelson, Iowa
Analysis: Nelson didn’t have a huge impact in year one. He appeared in just 9 games and had 8 tackles and one forced fumble.
Pick: K Matt Gay, Utah
Analysis: Gay hit 27/35 field goals. The 77.1% isn’t great but he’s young and the Bucs will likely roll with him in 2020.
Pick: WR Scott Miller, Bowling Green
Analysis: Miller played sparingly and caught 13 balls for 200 yards and a score. Not bad for a 6th rounder.
Pick: DT Terry Beckner, Mizzou
Analysis: Beckner was cut by the Bucs and hasn’t yet found a new home.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 16.75/18 93% A
The Bucs made an effort to improve their defense in this Draft and they did exactly that. Devin White proved to be the stud they thought they’d get when they took him with the 5th overall pick. He was a force against the run and defended the pass well. His play was a big reason why the Bucs run defense was vastly improved in 2019. They went ahead and addressed their secondary with the next three picks. Sean Murphy-Bunting was a stud. He had three interceptions and played at a high level. Jamel Dean and Mike Edwards also produced and those three look to be contributors to the Bucs secondary for the next handful of years. The Bucs also found their kicker of the future in Matt Gay. He did miss a fair amount of his kicks, but with a year under his belt, he should come back much improved in 2020. They also got a bit of a steal in sixth-round wide receiver Scott Miller. He produced when called upon and could be in for an extended role in 2020. The Bucs had a plan to improve their defense in this Draft, and they certainly did that. This grade should hold steady over time as they clearly found five long term contributors in this class.