7. Seventh Round, 222nd overall: Anthony Gaitor, DB, Florida International
Slightly undersized player at the cornerback position, but definitely has a ton of speed and could really help the Bucs on special teams initially. First team All-Sun Belt conference selection and one of only three FIU players to be drafted to the NFL, and had 11 career interceptions (three for touchdowns) to go along with four career sacks and 195 tackles over his four years.
Pick Grade: B
8. Seventh Round, 238th overall: Daniel Hardy, TE, Idaho
Basically, Hardy is a wide receiver in a tight end’s body, and I think that’s what he will be at the NFL level. Had an extremely productive last couple of seasons at Idaho, where he finished his career with 80 catches for 1,364 yards and six touchdowns. Big body with a wide catching radius, the Bucs will likely use Hardy in the h-back role, similar to what Dallas Clark and Chris Cooley do for the Colts and Redskins respectively. He has some athletic ability and is very raw, but he could make the team and contribute as a receiver down the line.
Pick Grade: C+
Overall Draft Grade: A
I really like what the Bucs did on draft day, fortifying their young defensive line and getting a ton of talented, young players who can contribute for them right away. This was a very solid draft, and this team is definitely in it to win it in the NFC South.