Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Tabs Nate Webster in Third Round

Two-Time All-Big East Choice Will Provide LB Depth

The Buccaneers used their third-round pick (90th overall) to select Miami LB Nate Webster.

Webster, a two-time All-Big East selection, racked up 150 tackles last season, adding four sacks and four INTs. In 1998, Webster (5-11, 225) posted 134 tackles. He will add depth at the MLB slot, where third-year pro Jamie Duncan takes over for departed veteran Hardy Nickerson.

"I'm really excited to be a Buccaneer," Webster said. "I'm just going to go in there and do my best to help this team win. Tampa Bay is already a very talented team and hopefully I can fit in with this great ballclub."

Webster is a Miami native and is the first cousin of current Saints RB Troy Davis. He was a Parade first-team All-America selection at Northwestern High School.

"Nate's going to help us," Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy said. "If we hadn't gotten another linebacker, we would have had to move some guys around. And now we're adding a guy with a lot of speed, a good special teams player. He's got a high motor and he's very explosive."

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