TAMPA – Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht has said several times this offseason that he likes his team’s safety corps of J.J. Wilcox, Chris Conte and Keith Tandy. That didn’t keep him from adding to the group in the second round of the draft on Friday.
The Bucs made Texas A&M safety Justin Evans their selection at No. 50 overall, adding a versatile player who packs the wallop teams look for =in a strong safety and has the spend and coverage skills necessary to play free safety. He can also return kickoffs.
Evans has been described as a defensive tone setter who tracks and plays the ball like a wide receiver and has experience working in the slot, where he could challenge projected nickel corner Jude Adjei-Barimah for playing time.
As much as scouts love Evans aggressive nature, there is concern that at 6-foot and 199 pound he lacks the physical size to play that way he does and could be a threat to break down regularly, He also need to develop his tackling skills as he sometimes plays out of control looking for the big hit.