The Bucs decided to address the secondary in the second round of the draft by selecting Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting. After his selection, Bunting spoke with Tampa Bay media via conference call.
Here is a full transcript from the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneer:
On what kind of interaction he had with the Bucs during the draft process and how surprised he was when his name was called
“I had a top 30 visit with the Bucs and it went really well, that was actually my first one. That was earlier there in the month of March, so it went well. I stayed in contact obviously with their DB coach and they kind of told me that they liked me and told me good luck in the process and stuff like that, but they kept in contact with my agent. Just being selected today, it’s a blessing, I couldn’t process the moment when it happened, I could only kind of smile and stare at the TV screen. I’m just truly blessed and honored, I’m just ready to work and ready build the team back up and contribute in a positive way.”
On running a 4.42 at the combine and how important was it to show that he also has speed with his lankiness
“I know a lot of scouts or a lot of coaches questioned my long speed, and that was something that I took pride in and that was something I trained and worked hard to do. Just doing it at the combine just proved that I could run with the size that I do have, not a lot of guys can do that. So, for me doing that, that was a big benefit for me because a big part of my game relies on being fast and being physical and being able to stand on top of guys and being able to run with guys. Again, it’s just a blessing.”
On his thoughts about Bucs CB coach Kevin Ross
“Coach, he’s a great coach, just the fundamentals on the way he teaches the game and how critical he is on you, just making sure you’re doing the right thing both on and off the field. Having a coach that can relate in just playing in the NFL and being able to do things like that, it just makes it a big bonus to your game, being able to take knowledge from that at any given time, and just having help in any situation that you need help in, whether it be on the field of off the field. It’s nothing but positivity honestly, just straight positivity, and he just wants you to be great. That’s all you can ask for out of a coach is somebody to push you and somebody to want you to be the best player you can possibly be.”
On what he would say is the best attribute of his game
“I would say my best attribute is to be able to take the ball out of the air. I’m a ballhawk, I consider myself a receiving defensive back. That’s just something I take pride in, being able to take away the ball and giving it back to the offense, and also getting my hands on and getting physical. A lot of corners don’t get physical at the line of scrimmage, a lot of them kind of open up and run, and that’s the part of my game that I like to elevate more each year. That’s going to make me elevate my game more in every way possible.”
On what has allowed him to make big improvements as a player
“Honestly, I would say faith. Hard work and dedication and just a positive spirit. I never really got down on myself, I’ve always worked to be the best and I’ve always worked to compete with everyone. I’m a big competitor and I have been since I was a kid, I played baseball, basketball, football. Travel baseball was a big thing of mine and it was just a lot of competition. Everytime I step on the field, everytime I’m doing something in life, I’m always competing, I always want to win, so that’s something that’s motivated me, just to strive to be the best, outworking the man next to me and outworking the guy across from me.”
On how does he respond after letting up a big play, where it’s more common in the NFL
“As a corner, especially being in the NFL, you have to have a short memory. You can’t linger on plays that you messed up on before because then it’s going to cause to have sadness or be down the rest of the game and then they’re going to target you when you get frustrated. The way you play guys like that is to have a short memory, knowing that in the NFL, everyone is good. You just got to elevate your game in a positive way, because you need to. You just to have a short memory and be able to bounce back, go back to the line and say ‘okay, that’s not happening again.’ You line back up and you strap back up and you got to do what you got to do.”
On what he credits his vertical jump to and how much that helps him as a CB
“Yeah, you can accredit that to basketball. I’ve always really been able to jump, alot of it just came natural, and a lot of it came from hard work and just working hard in the weight room and things of that nature. Basketball definitely attributed a lot to that, but I would say that it elevates my game being able to take the ball at the highest point in the air and already being over six foot, so it makes a lot of things easier for me when it’s already in the air. Just high pointing the ball, getting turnovers, creating turnovers, and getting the ball back to the offense.
On who were some of the best receivers he faced in his college career and how he did against them
“I would say the best person I faced would probably be Corey Davis or Kenny Golladay. Kenny Golladay was a bigger receiver, but he had all the tools in the toolbox and he was hard to guard throughout the game. He wasn’t tested to my side, so I didn’t actually get to go against him as far as the ball being in the air or nothing like that. Corey Davis was also another deep threat guy, big body guy, top five overall pick, and he was kind of the same way. They used him in vertical threats, they threw him one ball that was overthrown, but for the most part I held my own and got better from there. That was my freshman year and I only elevated from there, so, throughout my career I’ve played against some good receivers. I’ve been tested by big schools like Michigan State and I’ve been tested by smaller schools like Eastern Michigan and other teams in our conference. I’ve always held my ground, I’ve always held my own, it only makes me elevate more.”
On what was it like working with Corey Hall
“That was truly a blessing. We lost our position coach that I was really close with before, but we had a bunch of coaches come in and interview and I was fortunate enough to be able to sit in some of those interviews and kind of hear some of the coaches side. When coach Hall came in it kind of just clicked, we actually went out to eat and from there he started talking to me about football. It was really nothing more than football, faith and family, and every other night I was going to his house and hanging out with his family, talking football with him and Xavier Crawford just talking football.”
On if he would be comfortable with playing nickel corner
“Absolutely. I mean I feel like nickel obviously has a little bit more responsibility as far as the run game and things of that nature, pro drops and stuff like that. For the most part, it’s all just football, if I have to go in the slot and cover a guy then that’s what I’m going to do. That’s what I’m asked to do, and I’m willing to do what my team needs me to do.”
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