Buccaneers select Calijah Kancey at No. 19

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The Buccaneers have a new defensive lineman.

Tampa Bay has brought in Calijah Kancey with the 19th overall pick of this year’s draft.

Kancey is considered undersized but made plenty of plays at Pitt. He recorded 7.0 sacks with 13.0 tackles for loss in 2021 and 7.5 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2022.

He was named the ACC defensive player of the year in 2022 and was a unanimous All-American. Kancey was also a two-time, first-team All-ACC selection in 2021 and 2022.

He’ll now head to Tampa Bay to join a defense that has excelled under head coach (and former defensive coordinator) Todd Bowles.

6 responses to “Buccaneers select Calijah Kancey at No. 19

  1. Solid choice with Vita there as well. If this kid works outs out they have a pretty solid run and pass defense.

  2. This was my pick in the draft. They keep saying he is undersized but so was Sapp, this kid has a motor that we’ve been lacking and I see him picking up a few lbs before the season starts and getting stronger in the weight room. This kid is a stud. Welcome to Tampa Calijah Kancey…MY PIC IN THE 2023 NFL DRAFT!!!!

  3. I dunno I like the pick but this guy isn’t a 3down player. He will likely just go in for 3rd down pass situations. 6’1 285 is too small for a 3-4 DT. So this kid is going to play on 3rd down when Bowles switches to a 4-3.

  4. He will be nothing close to an Arron Donald, I think his T-rex arms and lack of power will make him just a guy.
    (I am not an expert, I’m just another fool on the internet.)

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