The Bucs continued to address their defense in the draft, this time selecting Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson with the 107th overall pick. Standing tall at 6-7 and weighing 271 pounds, Nelson discussed how he used his length to his advantage on the field.

Along with the size, he also went into how the preparation from his head coach helped him get to the next level. Here’s a transcript from his interview with the Tampa Bay media over a conference call:

On how much he saw this coming and how much he interacted with the Bucs before the draft
“It’s just so unpredictable in the draft. I actually talked to them at the Senior Bowl and the Combine a couple times at each place and I had good conversations with them. To see this coming is kind of hard to say, I kind of sat around and didn’t know what team is going to pick me, so there were 15 teams that I thought could take me. I’m just grateful for the opportunity and I’m grateful to be a Buc.”

On what advantage it was to play for Kirk Ferentz, with Iowa getting a lot of players to the NFL
“Coach Ferentz and the whole staff, they do such a great job of getting guys ready to play and getting good college football players. Just the way that he prepares and attention to detail, the amount of work he puts in really prepares you for the NFL if that’s something you end up doing. Just his approach and the the way he goes about it everyday like a professional, he really passes it down to his staff and then to us.

On how much does his length help him get to the quarterback and in the run game.
“Length is a big tool for me, long guy, long arms. Yeah, it’s just knowing how to use it and using it to your advantage. It’s one of my strengths and one of my things that I have to use consistently getting leverage on guys, just using it the best I can to make plays.

This year’s’s Bucs draft coverage is presented by Edmonson Electric & Security – the official smart home and security company of

For the past 40 years, Edmonson Electric has proudly served central Florida with electric services and now proud to add state-of-the-art “Smart Home” technology and security systems to it’s roster. Whether it’s surveillance cameras, home theaters, or smart lighting, Edmonson Electric & Security is automating your dream home. Click to find out more about controlling, monitoring and securing your home.

Tomorrow starts now. From home automation controls to structured-wiring and surveillance systems, Edmonson Electric & Security has the team to keep your home current. Call 813.910.3403 for additional information or visit

Control. Monitor. Secure.

Previous articleBucs Draft Iowa DE Nelson With The 107th Pick
Next articleBucs Draft Utah K Gay With 145th Pick


  1. Hopefully he’s good for more than 15yd face mask penalties….

    Rating: -1. From 3 votes.
    Please wait...
  2. Wish him the best. Wonder if he’ll be converted to safety in a year.

    Rating: 0. From 2 votes.
    Please wait...
  3. No outrage. No Jason Licht insults. Guess the posters have abandoned the team after the last DB was taken.

    Rating: +3. From 3 votes.
    Please wait...
  4. Just did a little research myself on Nelson and we basically got the “Nick Bosa” of Big 10 West.

    Ohio has the tougher schedule for which I fully understand but, his production was just as good if not arguably better than Bosa…again I know Ohio has a tougher schedule but Iowa still had some good competition they faced in the West.

    Rating: +4. From 4 votes.
    Please wait...