Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins discusses the moment he knew he was ready for the NFL, his dedication to serving others and his bold signature move for his rookie season.
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Panthers had a breakthrough season last year, as they put the rest of the league on notice that they were in the Super Bowl hunt.
Having stockpiled young talent on both sides of the ball, the Buccaneers are in a position to do the same thing this year.
Things are about to get real in the NFC South.
Which of these two rivals had a draft to push them forward, and which one will be left wondering what happened?
Carolina Panthers Draft Highlights
The Carolina Panthers addressed their most pressing need by selecting WR Kelvin Benjamin, a physical specimen with elite jump-ball prowess. With their second pick they added another stud to their menacing defensive line, DT Kony Ealy.
The Panthers also got G Trai Turner, a mauler who perfectly fits the Panthers power offense, S Tre Boston, who will help in the defensive backfield, and RB Tyler Gaffney,who fits the Panthers power prototype.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Highlights
The Buccaneers had an offensive draft...literally! They added weapons all over with WR Mike Evans, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins plus RB Charles Sims.
And everyone knows an NFL offense needs the big uglies, and Tampa Bay got two good ones in Kadeem Edwards and Kevin Pamphile.
The Buccaneers had an offensive draft...literally! They added weapons everywhere with WR Mike Evans, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and RB Charles Sims. And everyone knows an NFL offense needs the big uglies, and Tampa Bay got two good ones in Kadeem Edwards and Kevin Pamphile.
Grade the Buccaneers draft below and then give us your comments.
Tight End. It used be that tight ends were essentially extra linemen who occasionally caught a pass or two.
Now tight ends are true offensive weapons. They have to be because they are still called on to block. But they also have to be fast, tall and have great hands because they have become key parts of the passing game. Think Graham. Think Gronkowski. Think Thomas, Davis and Witten.
This year’s draft has several tight end prospects who can do-it-all.
Eric Ebron - North Carolina
Ebron might be the best of the bunch. He's big (6'4" and 250 pounds), fast (4.6 speed) and catches everything thrown his way.
Jace Amaro – Texas Tech
Amaro piled up 1,352 receiving yards and seven TDs last season. At 6'5" and 265-pounds, he should be a good blocker as well.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Washington
Austin flourished during his sophomore season with 69 catches and 852 yards. At 6'5" he’s a threat near the end zone, as his 8 TDs last year confirm.
Troy Niklas - Notre Dame
Niklas has a huge frame and good athletic ability and quickness. He might take a while to adjust to the pro game, but he’s going to be a good one.
C.J. Fiedorowicz - Iowa
C.J. definitely has the size and strength to be a good blocker, and he has the receiving ability to contribute to the passing game.
Joe Don Duncan - Dixie State
How can you not love someone named Joe Don Duncan? Add that he’s from somewhere called Dixie State and we’re going to root for this guy big time. The fact that he rewrote Dixie's record book with 135 receptions for 1,994 yards and 22 touchdowns over his career is just icing on the cake.