TAMPA BAY BUC­CA­NEERS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NFC SOUTH -

Grade: A

The Bucs made only two selec­tions that were from their orig­i­nal al­lot­ted spots. That speaks to GM Ja­son Licht’s de­sire to cap­i­tal­ize on a deep draft pool. Tampa Bay ma­neu­vered to se­cure five of the top 94 picks, in­clud­ing a trio of sec­ond-rounders. That be­gan by slid­ing back five spots in the first round, se­cur­ing nim­ble-footed big man Vea and gain­ing a pair of sec­ond-rounders. Licht par­layed that into sec­ond-round haul that includes a po­ten­tial No. 1 back and a pair of cor­ner­backs to bol­ster the league’s worst pass de­fense.

Best pick

Ron­ald Jones is an ex­plo­sive ath­lete who runs with good in­stincts and is a proven play­maker and will be given every op­por­tu­nity to win the lead role. The pick al­lowed the Bucs to move on from Doug Martin and needed a go-to back­field pres­ence to pair with Pey­ton Bar­ber.

Up­side pick

Jack Cichy is a for­mer walk-on who is al­ways in the right place at the right time — when he’s on the field.

USA TO­DAY

Jones

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