The Bucs knew they needed to add bodies – and talent – to their secondary, and with the No. 63 pick they added cornerback Carlton Davis from Auburn. Earlier in the second round the Bucs took cornerback M.J. Stewart out of North Carolina.

Davis was a first-team All-SEC pick in 2017, starting 13 games, notching 36 tackles, intercepting one pass, and leading the Tigers with 11 pass breakups.

The former Auburn Tiger doesn’t lack for enthusiasm or confidence and said he will find a way on the field when the season starts.

“Listen to me. I came into Auburn as a true freshman,” Davis said. “I didn’t enroll early or have workouts early, I came in during the summer. I came in and I played 13 games. Every game I played and I started in 11 or 12 of them. I’m a player that comes in and buys into the system. I’m a player that comes in and listens and learns quickly. You can count on that I’ll be playing that first snap. You can count on me to be on that field somehow or some way. Whether it’s special teams or whatever they need me to do. I’ll be on that field and I’ll do anything for it. My history shows it.”

The Bucs are looking for a starter opposite Brent Grimes, and Davis has the size and attitude to make it a competition.

“It doesn’t matter to me(here I play),” Davis said. “I’m going to come there and make plays. I’m going to do what I have to do to help the team win. Whatever I have to do to get this team to a Super Bowl, to get this team to a winning season, I’m going to do whatever I have to do. I’m going to give them my loyalty and give it my all, whatever it is. Whether it’s coverage or in the box or special teams, I’m going to do what I have to do.

“I definitely felt like I was a first rounder. I felt like I was the best corner in this draft. It fell out how it fell out. It is what it is. I have no control over what it is or what the teams think. The thing is, it’s all God’s plan. I’m a firm believer in what God planned for you as an individual. I believe that I’m supposed to be in Tampa Bay. I believe that I’m here to make a difference. That is what I’m going to go there and do. However it happened is how it happened. I can’t control that. I’m just happy to stay in Florida and be part of the Buccaneers’ team.”


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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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3 years ago

Two press corners in the second round with a nasty attitude. Love it. Press corners and a deep defensive line to collapse the pocket is a great combination. I love this draft class.

3 years ago

Ok, if Stewart is put in at SS instead of CB and Davis is meant to be our outside corner of the future, I’m much happier with these selections. Like the vibes I’m getting from Davis.

Reply to  JustaBuc
3 years ago

Agreed. I’m wondering if I’m the long run, out corners will actually play press more so that vh111 and Davis cane play outside when grimes retires and Stewart can play the slot. Goodness I hope so. I can’t bare the thought of our guys playing 20 yards off of the receiver again lol

Reply to  chefboho
3 years ago

TOTALLY what I was thinking!! Not sure why we keep drafting press CB’s when all we play is mostly soft zone?? I hope and pray that the switch to press is coming. I think everyone will be much happier with VHIII if we finally switch to press and get him out of that horrible soft zone.

3 years ago

I like this guy!

3 years ago

I like the 1st team All SEC part.

3 years ago

Just gonna wait and see what these draft choices produce on the field. Year after year fans listen to the hype and have great anticipation only to see these high round draft picks underachieve. We drafted a lot of high round secondary over the last decade and have very little to show for it.

Reply to  Morgan
3 years ago

Talib was pretty good. Only VH3 hasn’t lived up to his Draft position………yet.

3 years ago

Attitude is so important at the CB position. Need a bit of Primetime swagger. Hopefully VH3 will develop into the player we all expected him to become. It’s still only his third season. Donnie Abraham was one of those “who?” Draft picks who turned out to be a star. Ronde Barber and John Lynch were nothing special until their third year. Patience.

Buc 1976
3 years ago

Carlton start watching tape of J. Jones I have a feeling you were brought here to help Jones from producing 200 yards a game again us. Good luck young Man.