The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have drafted Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson with the 107th pick in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft.

At 6-foot-7, 271 pounds Nelson is a big defensive end with prototypical size and length for the position at the NFL level and good production as a three-year impact player and two-year starter at Iowa.

In his three years with the Hawkeyes, Nelson totaled 119 tackles, with 31 going for loss, 23 sacks and four forced fumbles. After an All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2017, he followed that up with third-team all-conference honors in 2018 on the heels of a career-high 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks.

He’ll ideally enter training camp to compete with Will Gholston for a chance to start at the team’s 5-technique, defensive end position.

Nelson’s Career Defensive Stats:

2016: 33 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 FFs.
2017: 41 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, 2 FFs.
2018: 45 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 1 FR.

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  1. So JPP, Nassib, Barrett or Spence’s possible next year replacement? A little late, but ok.

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  2. Who

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  3. This scrub isn’t even replacing Gholston ufortunately.

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  4. He’s a 4-3 defensive end with NFL bloodlines. His NFL Pro comparison? Carl Nassib according to NFL.com.

    https://www.nfl.com/prospects/anthony-nelson?id=32194e45-4c11-5040-c7a6-234521681d54

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  5. Grudenforpresident, this guy had 9.5 sacks last year. He could literally fall over every down and replace gholston. Troll harder

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  6. Frankly, I don’t care. We are a 5-11 team and will be a 5-11 team this season; hopefully, 2020 will be better.
    I’m listening to PR Pod cast and not even watching the draft today on the networks.
    By the way for some of those who are responding that some of us are using humor and don’t understand what the GM & Coaches are doing, okay. Humor is one of the tools you can use when dealing with frustration. Go Bucs; I love you and will continue to be a fan despite this awful draft!.

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  7. A lot of you fans don’t really watch college football these drafts picks are actually really good and we got some ball players coming to Tampa

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  8. it’s been all defense, and we needed all defense. that’s the only positive thing I can really say about this draft.

    maybe this is a stellar draft and last year’s was anus? cuz I’m not down with investing two number 2’s last year and then a 2nd and a 3rd on similar corners this year UNLESS we are just moving on from those guys.

    which brings me to the Nelson pick. looks solid and was projected in the 4th so that’s cool. but the player comparison is Carl Nassib? K, why do we keep picking players that are compared to current players on our roster when our roster is F’ing ASS!!! How do you get better by drafting players that remind scouts of players you already have on your F’ing team??? What in the actual F!!!

    time will tell, I sell real estate for a living not scouting. but common logic says to get better, draft different types of players than the ones you already have.

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  9. This and the 1st rounder are good picks. The rest of the picks were not. The Auburn CB has two ACL’s and was a “combine” freak but an average CB in the SEC prior to that. The kid out of Central Michigan’s highlight real was a joke. His picks were all on flutter balls by terrible MAC QB’s (except for one nice pick made in the end zone). The kid from UK is a solid player but the safety from UF was a much better player especially when he go some decent coaching. If these DB’s are “good” then what does that say about the DB’s we got last year? You can’t say that all 8 of them in the last three drafts are “good”. Especially when the tape on the 2017 and 2018 DB’s says otherwise.

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    • Teams like Green Bay and New England value a lot of talented defensive backfield positions.

      Since 2015 Green Bay has draft 3 guys in the 1st round and 4 guys in the 2nd round.

      New England has 7 pro’s that can play listed at corner and another 7 pro’s listed at safety.
      Even if you liked all of Evans, Davis, Hargreaves, Stewart, and Whitehead, you still needed better other guys on this team. Bowles will play more nickel and dime packages. You need at least 8 total guys that can play going into the season. We picked 3 more so these guys are replacing Ryan Smith and Isiah Johnson. We needed either free agents or draft picks to improve the just horrible defensive back play last year.

      I will probably get down voted but personally I like Bunting a great deal. The guy I follow on the draft, Dane Brugler, had him as his 29th overall player.

      We will see in the end.

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      • Good post.

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  10. How did we pass on Julian Love out of ND? He will be a better CB then the two duds we drafted. Jamel Dean won’t stay healthy and Bunting was the head scratcher of head scratchers. Literally taken 40 spots before anyone else would have looked at him.

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  11. @wadeless preach it homie!

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  12. GRADE: 2nd-3rd Round (#70 overall)
    STRENGTHS: Large-framed body type with well-distributed body mass…uses his long levers to lock out, run his feet and rock tackles backwards…quick out of his stance with forceful hands to get blockers off-balance…relies on his long-arm move to create speed-to-power…understands hand placement to properly pushpull…stout on the edges to contain the run…consistently gives extra effort, raising the level of his teammates…Academic All-American the past two seasons and graduated with a degree in accounting (December 2018) and 3.8 GPA…production increased each of the last three seasons. 39 Wonderlic test score. Very Smart.

    Iowa Players are more ready than most for the NFL. They have possibly the best strength and conditioning coach. They pay the strength coach 750K per year.

    This guy was 220 lbs when he got to Iowa and now is considered strong at 271lbs and 6′ 7″. (look at before and after pictures).

    He has a ridiculous 83″ wing span that might be the best in this draft.

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  13. I like this pick. Get a DT now unless McCot is definitely staying in Tampa

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  14. LOL, Cgmaster, loved your retort.
    Gholston is one of our many players who are content to be a millionaire and sleeps well Sunday whether we win or lose.
    His only good year in the trenches came in,you guessed it, his contract year.
    That should tell you all you need to know about the guy.
    Countless DL coaches have come in and tried to maximize his ability and skill set and actualize his potential to no avail.
    Hopefully he has a copy of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” playing in his CD when the Bucs cut him and give him the home version of the NFL board game.

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  15. Horse,I would never doubt your loyalty and understand where you are coming from. The only way to handle this insanity is with humor.

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  16. Reading these posts is a big reminder of how incredibly stupid, unlnowledgeable, and laughable Bucs fans are these days. Like you said thedavid1121, it’s so incredibly obvious who becomes a draft know it all, wannabe GM, 2 weeks before the draft because they read a bunch of mock drafts, and watched the scouting combine on the NFL newtwork, versus who actually watches college football lol must be nice to pretend like you can predict every single player that’s gonna hit and every single player that’s gonna bust. This is why the Bucs suck. Not because of Licht, and not because of the players or coaches. No, because we literally have the dumbest fans in sports

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  17. Sapp I get it, but do you expect 4th round players to compare to pro bowlers? Nassib is serviceable but my worth a big second contract. If Tampa gets a similar comparison out of a day 3 pick for several years at a fraction of the price then it’s worth the pick.

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  18. *not worth a big second contact.

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  19. @Wadeles I agree. They have to try hard to be this dumb. Plus we drafted a kicker before we draft o line. This is how we have double digit losing seasons for close to thirty years. Our team are prolific losers. They know most of us are just happy to have a pro team to root for.

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  20. We need o line this is a big mans game our o line is barely average. Dave and David must not watch the Bucs awful o line how can they grade DB’s higher than the o line men available 3 Straight times in a row. you win games in the trenches. But the fans here dumb & don’t watch college football. And that is the reason why the Bucs suck is some how related to the dumbest fans in the world. LOL Your funny

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  21. Good pick up and probably my darkhorse to be a rookie impact guy from all the other guys not named D. White.

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  22. I’m actually mostly fine with this pick, because it tells me Licht has at least a semblance of understanding how a team succeeds. Too bad the next round basically lights the pick on fire.

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  23. I don’t hate this selection, personally was hoping for Tony Pollard. But, we may have addressed the need for a return guy with the WR pick.

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  24. His tape looks very good – has long flexible body and a quick first step. He might surprise.

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  25. It’s hysterical that folks are relatively happy with this pick of a player about whom they know very little, simply because he’s a DE………..a position of perceived need.

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  26. @scubog

    Well Nelson was ranked to go much higher in the draft. And he is a lot more productive in terms of sacks for a guy projected to be a 5tech in a 34. That is something to be excited about IMO given that Gholston is projected to start as a 5tech in a 34 but he doesn’t bring pass rushing that would be the icing on the cake.

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