North Carolina TE Dauntae` Finger was the first of three seventh-round draft choices for the Buccaneers
Only one tight end currently on the Buccaneers' roster, Dave Moore, has any significant NFL experience, so it wasn't a stretch to expect the team to look for a prospect at the position in this weekend's draft.
The Bucs did, indeed, nab a tight end on Sunday, but not until the seventh round. The team used the 205th selection overall to select North Carolina's Dauntae' Finger. Tampa Bay gained this pick with the September, 1999 trade of DE Regan Upshaw to Jacksonville.
Finger is the second North Carolina tight end drafted this weekend, as Atlanta selected Alge Crumpler in the second round with the 35th pick overall.
Crumpler handled the bulk of the pass-catching duties for the Tar Heel tight ends, with 27 receptions last season, but Finger pitched in with two catches for 27 yards, with a long of 22.
The Buccaneers remaining two picks in the third round include the 223rd choice, its own original selection, and the 234th choice, a compensatory pick.