In the midst of all the picks made on day three of the NFL draft, Bruce Arians took the time to speak with ESPN’s Trey Wingo on Saturday about the Bucs’ selections. Arians gave his thoughts on the players that the Bucs have now drafted, while also addressing why this team was the right fit for him to come back to.
Here is a full transcript of Arians’ conversation with Wingo during his appearance on ESPN:
On their draft selections so far, and taking a kicker in the fifth round
“That was our offensive guy, we need to score more points. We needed some help defensively and we’re really pleased with our guys.”
On what made Devin White the right choice at five
“He’s so versatile. You know, you think about people talking about outside pass rushers, this guy can get on the edge, he can rush. We pressure a lot up the middle. No quarterback likes pressure up the middle, and this guy can bring pressure up the middle. We have some backs in our division – Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara – that we can match up with and Devin can do all those things for us. He’s a very versatile player.”
On what attracted him to corners Sean Bunting and Jamel Dean
“Both these guys have length, good ball skills and are man to man press corners. Sean can go in there and play nickel, Jamel, these guys have length and they competed in the best conference at Auburn. Both these guys I think will be great additions early for us.”
On his first year with Jameis Winston, what he wants to see from him
“Just more consistency, regardless of the other team, make better decisions. The athletic ability is there, the arm is there, and hopefully with the defensive picks we won’t be playing from 20 behind all the time.”
On if there’s another selection coming for a guy with speed that Jameis Winston can throw it to
“The speed that we have at receiver is outstanding already. You never know, or who’s available, but yeah, I’m always looking for speed.”
On what about this job made him want to coach again
“Well for me, traveling around and broadcasting last year, I think I was on week eight. I went to that Friday practice and a defensive back messed up and I started to coach, I was like ‘woah, I need to take a step back.’ And then the itch started happening again. Jason Licht being a good friend, the Glazer family being unbelievable owners, everything just fell into place. They had a quarterback that I really really respect and like, so all the stars aligned and I’m just really excited about it.”
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