With the 51st pick in the NFLMocks’ Midseason Mock Draft for the NFC South, the Buccaneers select Tyler Nubin, a safety out of Minnesota. Nubin is the backfield piece the Buc's defense is missing, a low-profile leader and ball hawk.
Tyler Nubin may be the top safety prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft. Nubin's performance on the field is something to be admired. His time at Minnesota was made more extraordinary by the presence of Antoine Winfield Jr., Benjamin St-Juste, Jordan Howden, and Terell Smith. However, Nubin made a name for himself with his record-breaking 13 interceptions and 11 pass deflections during his 2023 season.
In his final two seasons, Nubin shined in coverage with a QB rating of 41.3 in 2022 and 17.5 in 2023 while also amassing 43 tackles, nine assists, and 20 stops in the former and 43 tackles, 15 assists, and 13 stops in the latter.
Watching Nubin play, you can see him possessing quick and powerful hands; he's adept at getting up under a receiver's chin and has the agility to move his hips and keep up with them. His pre-snap activity and natural awareness make him a strong asset, and his straight-line speed allows him to take a pick to the house. He can deliver punishing hits with his desire to hit at max impact and has the skill to track the ball downfield and make a break on a route.
Nubin is also a reliable tackler in run support due to his tall frame and long arms, and his hands, speed, and hip fluidity should make turning and chasing downfield an easy task. His versatility gives him experience as both an in-the-box safety and playing in-man coverage.
Tampa made a great choice with Nubin and solidified a defensive weakness. The Bucs are rebuilding while maintaining; that's how division championships keep adding up.