Again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been busy in the off-season.
After the team addressed perhaps their biggest issue by trading for cornerback Darrelle Revis on Monday, they filled many of their other holes in the draft.
In the second round, the team selected cornerback Johnthan Banks out of Mississippi State. With their third round pick, the Bucs raised a few eyebrows by selecting quarterback Mike Glennon from North Carolina State.
On the third day of the draft, the Bucs made defense a priority, and more specifically the pass rush. In the fourth round they moved up in a trade with Oakland and selected defensive tackle Akeem Spence out of Illinois, who will be expected to fill the gap left by the departure of Roy Miller.
Later in the round, they took William Gholston, defensive end out of Michigan State. Gholston was a key member of one of the best defenses in the Big 10, amassing 30 career tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Gholston will try and fill the void left by Michael Bennett, the team's sack leader last season.
"We're building it our way, we're building it with our kind of people," Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said Saturday night. "I think we found a bunch of guys that really fit into who we are and what we are and that to me, in the clutch, when you know you can count on the guy next to you, that to me is the secret and we got some more guys that I think are going to be able to be counted on."
In the fifth round the Bucs stayed on the defensive side of the ball and took Steven Means out of Buffalo. Means played on the defensive line in college, but is expected to be used at outside linebacker with the Bucs.
Also, the team worked a deal with the New England Patriots that sent running back LeGarrette Blount to the Pats in exchange for a seventh round draft pick and running back Jeff Demps.
With their final pick, the Bucs selected Miami running back Mike James, who will compete for the role left by the Blount trade, to back up Doug Martin.
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