Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Two in Seventh

Anthony Gaitor was the 222nd overall pick.

The Buccaneers took two players in the 7th round, FIU CB Anthony Gaitor and Idaho TE Daniel Hardy. Both of whom look to provide depth or potentially practice squad bodies, but neither of whom do I see having a major impact, at least at first. Of the two, Gaitor is probably the better story coming out of Florida International without a ton of attention, Gaitor is a small corner with good quickness who will challenge for time inside in sub-packages and potentially on special teams.

Gaitor isn’t exceptional at anything he does, he lacks great top-speed but has good quickness, he has big hands and good instincts but his size and lack of weight and strength get him into trouble with bigger receivers. He can definitely develop into a quality reserve, though I doubt he’ll ever start in the NFL. This wasn’t the Bucs addressing a need at corner this is purely depth but I’m intrigued by Gaitor. I’d imagine he will start the season on the practice squad, at best a weekly inactive.

Daniel Hardy on the other hand came out of Idaho and could have potentially been a little higher on other teams’ boards had it not been for an injury is his senior year. Hardy has the potential to be a good receiver, though more likely of an H-Back than a true Tight End, but he is inconsistent when it comes to receiving. He also lacks ideal size and strength to be an effective blocker. He doesn’t excel at either phase of his position so he clearly purely developmental, with Luke Stocker and Kellen Winslow on the roster and potentially a veteran free agent for depth, Hardy looks to be more of a practice squad player.

Topics: 2011 NFL Draft, Anthony Gaitor, Bucs, Daniel Hardy, NFL

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