In the sixth round, the Buccaneers turned their sights back on defense and selected Oklahoma linebacker Devante Bond with the No. 183 overall pick.
A former junior college conference defensive MVP, Bond transferred from Sierra Community College, following 17 sacks in just 11 games, to Norman, OK to play for the Sooners. In 2014, he started three games at outside linebacker and recorded 29 tackles with four for a loss, warranting high expectations going into 2015. His senior didn’t live up its hype, however, as an ankle injury caused him to miss four games. In five starts last year Bond recorded 43 tackles, seven for loss, and three sacks.
The 6-foot-1, 235-pound linebacker ran a 4.70 40-yard dash at the Combine, and by most accounts, including his own, is best suited as a 4-3 outside linebacker.
Tampa Bay made some changes at the Sam linebacker position this offseason, opting not to re-sign Danny Lansanah, who remains a free agent, and signing 34-year old Daryl Smith.
For now, this move seems to be about adding depth and giving a player with raw ability the chance to compete for a roster spot in training camp. He’ll join Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander and Daryl Smith, as well as 2015 special team’s contributors Josh Keyes and Jeremiah George, and practice squad addition Adarius Glanton, as one of the Bucs seven current linebackers.
Bond was contacted following his selection and spoke briefly to the Tampa Bay media. Along with fellow Sooner Gerald McCoy, Bond was familiar with Lavonte David, a fellow Juco transfer. Bond sees himself best fit for Sam linebacker but said he’ll play wherever he’s needed, including special teams.
“The (Bucs) were one of the team that I definitely had the most interest from,” Bond said. “During the Combine, I had an interview with (Jason Licht) and everyone. Coach Duffner (linebackers coach), I had a good relationship with him and talked to him a few times, so it was definitely good.”
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Another nice addition since Smith won’t be around much longer. Also like the FB addition…although I still believe we should’ve kept Iosefa last year
Living in Hawaii I have seen what Iosefa can do with his his deceptive speed, quickness, and power. I agree with you. Vitale is a great pick however.
Yes, when we put Losefa on the PS I knew someone would get him and New England did it quickly. That’s on you Lovie!!!
So Far I think Tampa did very well.They have all there 2017 draft picks in tacked.Plus QB Mike Glennon will b/up Jameis Winston and next year one of those other qb will move into b/u in 2017 season. Iam looking forward to see what draft College Free Agents will come to Tampa I give an A+ because Tampa got the best kicker in college ever.They got the Corner and De available.Go Bucs
George they get a B+ instead of an A because of the kicker.
I’ll take that grade because we all will be laughing a couple years from now about how glad we were to get him with our 3rd and a 4th round pick.
Grading Drafts as soon as Mr Irrelevant is chosen is almost as stupid as the endless mocks. None of us knows how this class will pan out; so to either overly praise or criticize at this point is ridiculous.
I know you don’t like the kicker choice because you are of the opinion he could have been selected later. Maybe, but I knew we didn’t want to go through another year of Connor Barth. I’m over the mediocre kicking since Automatica. You should be too.
Glad we got some depth at LB; I’m thinking he will get to play in several games not including Special Teams which he’ll be in some of those situations too. Good solid pick. Go Bucs!
I don’t know, a 4.70 is slow for an outside linebacker. I just hope he had some pebbles or something in his shoes when he ran his 40 times. Hopefully he is one of those guys who plays much quicker.
Bond is going to be the SAM if he sticks. Don’t expect to see him running down the field in coverage. He is strictly a downhill run stopping LB and a pretty good rush LB as well.
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