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Bucs Tab Akron Corner

Akron CB Dwight Smith joins T Kenyatta Walker as the Bucs’ first-day haul


Head Coach Tony wrapped up the day's action after the team picked CB Dwight Smith in the third round

After a long break, necessitated by the trade up to get Kenyatta Walker, which cost Tampa Bay its second-round pick, the Buccaneers returned to the draft game at 8:20 p.m. Saturday evening.

To join Walker in the 2001 draft class, the Buccaneers selected cornerback Dwight Smith from Akron. Smith, described in pre-draft evaluations as a play-maker with good cover skills, becomes just the second player ever drafted out of Akron by the Buccaneers. The first was punter Daron Alcorn, in the eighth round in 1993.

He's a guy that will fit into our system and has very good ball skills," said Buccaneer Head Coach Tony Dungy.

In 2000, Smith tied for the national lead with 10 interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.

Further information on Smith will follow shortly in Draft Central.

The Buccaneers are finished for the day, as the third round is the final action of Saturday's draft. Tampa Bay's next pick is number 117, 22 selections into the fourth round. The Bucs will then follow with one fifth-round choice, two picks in the sixth round and three in the seventh.

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