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2019 NFL Draft: Tampa Bay selects Auburn DB Jamel Dean

The Auburn cornerback is heading down to Tampa Bay.

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It took until the 3rd round, but the Auburn Tigers are finally off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Tigers defensive back Jamel Dean was selected with the 94th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dean, a 3rd round selection, became the first Tiger to be drafted in this year’s draft, with perhaps a few more to come on Day 3.

Dean played two years at Auburn, racking up 26 games in his career. He amassed 73 tackles, a sack, 4.5 TFL and two interceptions. He came away though with 17 passes defended, with a career-high nine last season.

This is not the first time in recent memory that it’s taken until the 3rd round for an Auburn player to be taken. This happened in 2017, when Montravius Adams was the first Auburn selection at, almost coincidentally, pick No. 93. Nevertheless, Dean becomes the latest defensive back to go in the NFL Draft from Auburn, joining the recent likes of Carlton Davis, Joshua Holsey and Blake Countess.

Nevertheless, Jamel Dean will be thrust into a situation where he’ll have to face some of the best receivers int he league, and he certainly has the talent to thrive and succeed. Best of luck to him with the Bucs!