In accordance with The Athletic’s Greg Auman, the Bucs pre-draft give attention to the secondary will proceed subsequent week. The crew is about to host a High 30 go to with Illinois security Kerby Joseph within the coming days. Joseph is a real free security who intercepted 5 passes final season.
Bucs have a top-30 go to arrange subsequent week with Illinois security Kerby Joseph. @dpbrugler has him rated because the draft’s No. 6 security, possible a second-day choose.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 7, 2022
The Bucs have already added considerably to the security place this offseason, signing Keanu Neal and Logan Ryan. Ryan will possible play lots within the slot, whereas Neal replaces Jordan Whitehead at robust security. In fact, Antoine Winfield Jr. and Mike Edwards will possible open camp because the starters. The crew nonetheless might search for a fourth security in the event that they view Ryan as extra of a Ross Cockrell alternative. Joseph recorded 57 tackles, one sack, seven cross breakups and 5 picks in 12 video games final season.
Having stated that, seeing Joseph as a Buccaneer would shock me. The Illinois security wasn’t even beginning to being his senior season, though he jumped into the lineup early within the season. However Joseph is sluggish to learn run and are available downhill, with some ugly reps as a tackler. Greater than something, the 6-1, 203-pounder’s clear hesitancy to stay his nostril into the field is a purple flag. He’s additionally inexperienced and inconsistent along with his reads and reactions in protection.
Watching him on tape, Joseph doesn’t appear to be safeties the Bucs have prioritized previously. There are just a few splash performs on his tape, however he seems to be a free security solely. Maybe the Bucs really feel they will develop him right into a extra full participant. In spite of everything, they had been additionally current at Joseph’s Professional Day final month. Or maybe the crew is simply vetting their late day two-early day three choices at security. It’s additionally necessary to notice that Joseph has loads of particular groups expertise throughout his Illinois profession too. So the Bucs could possibly be in search of an Andrew Adams alternative later within the draft.