Retooling Buccaneers high on tall draft picks

FRED GOODALL (AP Sports Writer)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted three tall, physical players who were once basketball standouts with aspirations of playing in the NBA, prompting general manager Jason Licht to jokingly refer to the team as the Dunkaneers.

Receiver Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and tackle Kevin Pamphile are all listed at 6-foot-5 and figure into plans to improve an offense that was among the worst in the NFL last season.

All were basketball stars in high school.

Seferian-Jenkins even tried his hand at being a two-sport athlete at Washington. Evans and Pamphile gave up their hoops dreams late in their prep careers and have only been playing football for a relatively short period of time.


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