29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington
The offense for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been elite since Tom Brady arrived. However, their defense was also playing lights out when they won it all a year ago. That was never more evident than when they kept Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs out of the end zone in the Super Bowl.
This year, the defense hasn’t been as strong for the Bucs — with the secondary standing out as their biggest issue. They look to improve that here as they take Trent McDuffie from Washington, giving them a potential starting cornerback who can help them slow down opposing passing attacks.
30. Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams): Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
They took Aidan Hutchinson with their top pick to bolster the defensive line and now, the Detroit Lions are back on the clock with the first of two picks they got in the Matthew Stafford trade with the Los Angeles Rams. While they elected not to take a quarterback at No. 2, they could be more inclined to do so at No. 30, especially if someone such as Sam Howell is still on the clock.
Howell entered the year as one of the top prospects but didn’t do much to set himself apart in his final collegiate campaign. Still, he has plenty of the tools a team looks for, and taking him at No. 30 allows the Lions the option of a fifth-year on his rookie deal should he prove worthy of being the starter.