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    EastEndBoy

    A safety that can’t tackle…and somehow it’s still an upgrade for us at safety…

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      Dude

      That’s if he doesn’t miss them!

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    Wadeless

    Way to follow up a solid round 1 with terrible picks in round 2 and 3. Evans is undersized, slow and can’t tackle cause he’s always trying to take people’s heads off. Awesome pick Bucs.

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    XpfcWintergreen

    The man can tackle but he wants to improve.

    Many, many moons ago I remember seeing John Lynch on television discussing and demonstrating a tackling technique he learned as a pro that he felt improved his game as a safety. This was at a time somewhere in the middle of his career with the Buccaneers. This was when he was just gaining recognition as a great safety. (Some were comparing him with Ronnie Lott at the time.)

    At this point I have faith that Licht’s people can find the talent and Koetter’s people can coach them up to their potential.

    Only time will tell.

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    Go Bucs!!!

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      wnb0395

      He reminds me a lot of John lynch. I like the pick. I think obi would have better pick but we will see.

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    bEubanks11

    Never been a fan of Evans. Not even in the 4th where he was slated when I first took a look. I don’t like anything about his game. Can’t stand this pick.

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      scubog

      “Slated to go in the 4th” according to who? Some media type or an out of date Draft book off the rack?

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        Naplesfan

        scu – yep, the internet draft experts are just paid hacks, paid to express an opinion on websites and TV shows so that hungry NFL fans will tune in and click on so that advertisers can make a buck. Tells us exactly zilch about how a player will perform. For the most part they know no more than the average fan.

        Besides – considering how things turned out with our last fourth round linebacker drafted out of LSU, I say “gimme MORE of that fourth round talent … every single time!”

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    Alldaway 2.0

    I hate this pick. Dwight Smith had a similar frame but he was way better in coverge and tackler.

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    scubog

    Evans was a H.S. baseball player who is still learning to play football. He has the aggressive traits to develop. Typical comments about a player whose name isn’t recognized. Some of you should look at the size of the typical player at each position and stop suggesting a player is “too small”. Compared to who? The few players who are the exception?

    Anyone who didn’t think safety was a “need” should look at the roster. Let’s not get too hyped up on Keith Tandy who, for some reason, was never able to unseat Bradley McDougald or Chris Conte before they went down.

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    Gulfstrings

    Do we know why we let B. McDougald go? Memory tells me he had over 90 tackles last year to go with several splash plays … had to be better than this guy.

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      Naplesfan

      The Bucs never explain why they let a player go … no NFL team does that.

      One can imagine that MacDougald was a pick from the old regime, picked up back in 2013. With a totally changed-out front office as well as totally changed out (twice) coaching staff, one might surmise that MacDougald just doesn’t fit the current regime’s idea of an ideal Buccaneers safety, after giving him a final go at it last season.

      While on the other hand, we must presume that Evans seems to fit pretty much what the current regime wants on our defense today.

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    Naplesfan

    My my, some in the peanut gallery are not pleased at all that the Bucs drafted a guy in back half of the second round, when they all expected top five talent to be available at pick no. 50.

    Weird expectations, folks.

    Missing a few tackles out of a desire to rattle defenders’ teeth is a correctable issue, which starts with the player recognizing he needs to improve.

    By the way, there were some defensive backs taken in the first round that weren’t paragons of perfection in their technique either, and Jon Gruden ripped them up pretty bad in his draft night commentary .. specifically the grossly overhyped Malike Hooker of OSU taken at pick no, 15.

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    gg720

    The Bucs are going to kick themselves where it hurts by not taking Jordan Willis instead of Evans with the second round pick. Willis was the best player available there and how this team needs another player who can’t tackle very well is frustrating. Hargreaves was not a very good pick at #1 last year as he missed so many tackles and had trouble covering most good receivers.

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    Sierra119

    Here we go again. All you armchair GM’s giving us player analysis. How much have you seen Evans play ? How much tape have you watched ? You all make me laugh. If you check all the major draft “experts”, from the Sporting news to NFL.com, they have him anywhere from #3 to #10 in the safety rankings.

    A coaches job is to make players better. If this kid Evans’ major problem is tackling, that can be fixed with better technique.

    As much of a crap shoot that the draft is, one thing is for certain.

    1. Jason Licht and his scouting team know a helluva more about football and analyzing players than you or I do !!!!

    In Licht I trust. Go Bucs !!!

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    Buc 1976

    I was surprised with Evans pick.
    With Willis, Awuzie and Melfonwn available?

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    Dude

    Yeah, this pick surprised me also. I’m not against drafting a safety, but I think there were better choices. That’s all we needed is another under 6′ DB who doesn’t tackle all that good. I thought Melifonwu would have been a much better option. I don’t get this pick. We have a lot tall WR’s in this division, and soon they will just be lofting the ball over our heads. I was really hoping they would get some height at safety to make up for the lack of it at the corners. But I will do like I said and trust Licht on this one.

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    Alldaway 2.0

    Most of the good value safties went in the 4th round. Licht panicked by reaching for Evans in the 2nd.

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