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.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com 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 email@example.com