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Tampa Bay starts its second day of drafting with a second addition to the defense, grabbing Ohio State safety Will Allen with the 111th overall pick


Ohio State S Will Allen was a first-team AP All-America in 2003

After grabbing one offensive and one defensive player – WR Michael Clayton and LB Marquis Cooper – on the first day of the 2004 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept the emphasis on defense to start day two. With the 15th pick of the fourth round, Tampa Bay selected Ohio State safety Will Allen.

Once again, the Buccaneers believe they have made an outstanding value pick, grabbing a player that was predicted to go higher in several pre-draft analyses. Allen has outstanding coverage skills and could be an immediate contributor in nickel packages.

The Bucs coveted some additional depth at safety after releasing long-time starter John Lynch in March.

Though he didn't become a starter at Ohio State until his senior season, Allen made a quick impact, starting all 13 games and recording 83 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and six passes defensed. Against Purdue, he returned an interception 100 yards to preserve the Buckeyes' victory.

At the conclusion of his senior season, Allen was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press.

During his four-year collegiate career, Allen played in 50 games and recorded 136 tackles, five interceptions and two sacks. He hails from Huber Heights, Ohio. will have further details and commentary on Allen shortly.

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