TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to seek help for a leaky defense, selecting Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.
Bunting is the first defensive back drafted out of the Mid-American Conference school in 34 years and the highest drafted player from Central Michigan since offensive lineman Eric Fisher was the No. 1 overall pick in 2013.
In Tampa Bay, he’ll join first-round selection Devin White as part of a potential fix for one of the NFL’s worst defenses.
The Bucs ranked 24th in total defense last season and allowed 29 points per game, the second-most in the league.
White, a linebacker out of LSU, was the fifth pick of the opening round. He and Bunting, who had nine career interceptions in college, will get an opportunity to compete for starting jobs as rookies in the new 3-4 scheme being installed by Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
Bunting was the seventh pick of the second round, No. 39 overall.