TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have continued adding defensive depth by selecting Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead with their fourth pick in the NFL draft.
Whitehead was an honorable mention All-ACC pick by the league coaches last season despite missing the initial three games while serving a suspension for violating team rules.
Former Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is Whitehead’s cousin.
Earlier in the draft, the Buccaneers took Washington defensive lineman Vita Vera and cornerbacks M.J. Stewart from North Carolina and Auburn’s Carlton David.
The Bucs ranked last in the NFL with 23 sacks a year ago. Upgrading the defensive line and a porous secondary were among the top priorities after going 5-11 and missing the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season.
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