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(AP) — For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL draft was all about trying to give Jameis Winston a better chance to succeed.That not only means surrounding the fifth-year quarterback with playmakers on offense but rebuilding a defense that’s been one of the worst in the league since Winston entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick in 2015.Coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht began their first draft together since their days of working together with the Arizona Cardinals by selecting five consecutive defensive players over the first four rounds.They interrupted the overhaul by picking Utah kicker Matt Gay in the fifth round, then finished Saturday by taking little-known but speedy Bowling Green receiver Scotty Miller in the sixth round and Missouri defensive tackle Terry Beckner, Jr. in the seventh.“Feel really, really good about this one,” Licht said about the draft haul that began with selecting linebacker Devin White with the fifth overall pick.Cornerbacks Sean Bunting and Jamel Dean, plus safety Mike Edwards are part of the potential fix for a unit making the transition to a 3-4 scheme under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles after allowing the second-most points in the NFL last season.Offensive line and running back are areas of need that were not addressed in this draft.Licht reiterated that the roster is a work in progress.“We still have time to make some additions if we have to,” the GM said.“You can’t address every position that you may have some concerns. Whether they vary from big concern to small concern, you can’t — it’s just impossible to do it in a small amount of time during free agency or the draft,” Licht said. “But, we have through August to do what we can.”WHO THEY GOTLicht and Arians passed on an opportunity to select the top-rated pass rusher in the draft, Josh Allen Vita Vea Jersey White , to make White the centerpiece of the defensive overhaul. Bunting could compete for a starting job right away, too, while Dean, Edwards, Nelson and Beckner address the need for depth.SURPRISE MOVESelecting a kicker in the fifth round, No. 145 overall, was unexpected, especially considering the single biggest draft-day blunder under Licht’s watch was the decision three years ago to trade up 15 spots to select Roberto Aguayo in the second round, No. 59 overall. The former Florida State star was a major disappointment as a rookie and released after just one season in Tampa Bay.The position has been problematic for much of Licht’s tenure, which began in 2014.The GM insisted he had no qualms about drafting another kicker.“To me — and to us — it was a small price to pay to get a kicker,” Licht said. “You wouldn’t say the same thing for a receiver. If a receiver didn’t work out a couple years ago that you took in the second round, would you be afraid to take a receiver in the fifth round? No. This is a very Womens Jordan Whitehead Jersey , very important position.”HOW THEY DIDWhile they didn’t opt for any of the top edge rushers in the draft, the Bucs believe White has the versatility to bolster pressure up the middle, be a run-stopper and excel in pass coverage. With at least two starting jobs open in the secondary, Bunting, Dean and Edwards will be added to a mix of young candidates that include 2018 draft picks M.J. Stewart and Carlton Davis.“Competition is a beautiful thing in this league,” Licht said.WHAT’S NEXTThe Bucs have little flexibility under the salary cap to upgrade the roster and likely will need to release, trade or get six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy — due to make $13 million this year — to agree to a sizeable pay cut to free up money to sign their draft picks and make other significant moves. How key linebackers performed and where they stand heading into the pro day season."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmCombine Recap: LinebackersNew,31commentsHow key linebackers performed and where they stand heading into the pro day season.ESTShareTweetShareShareCombine Recap: LinebackersBrian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently have two linebackers on their 2019 roster who have played meaningful snaps in the past and played them well. Lavonte David is the only healthy one, as concerns have come to the surface regarding Kendell Beckwith’s injury and whether or not he’ll be able to play again.Looking at inside linebackers and it doesn't get any better. The best potential inside guy they have currently is the same guy who has been their best outside linebacker since he arrived to the team, Lavonte David.So, it’s easy to see how some have identified the position group as one in need of some serious attention this off-season, including in the NFL Draft. Here are five guys the Bucs could have their eyes on for just such an occasion William Gholston Jersey White , and how they stand following the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.JOSH ALLEN (KENTUCKY)Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsKEY COMBINE STAT: *4.63 40-YARD DASHJosh Allen and Ohio State’s Nick Bosa (who is not part of this as there’s almost no chance he’s available for the Bucs at fifth or later) have been one and two for many people as the best edge defenders in this class. At the combine, the measurables both participated in only served to cement this pecking order. Allen will tell you he’s the better of the two, as he should, but at this point I don’t see any way he’s overtaking Bosa in this group.Being the second edge guy drafted will still net him a lot of money and plenty of opportunity to play, so I think he’ll be alright.DEVIN BUSH (MICHIGAN)Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsKEY COMBINE STAT: *4.43 40-YARD DASHSome people like Devin Bush as the best linebacker in this year’s group, some like Devin White. for his media session....on his phone. Not only did he step up on his phone, he stayed on his phone, for what was probably the longest few seconds I felt my entire time in Indianapolis. The ‘when is he getting off his phone’ feel, was palpable, folks.Maturity. This is the question surrounding Wilson. It’s clear at this point the two Devin’s are at the top of this group. Wilson is third for most. And he’ll stay there. Unless his maturity during interviews raised more questions than answers.*Unofficial

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