Going by the last two seventh rounders spent on defensive backs, EJ Biggers and Cody Grimm, there’s actually a reasonable chance that this year’s 7th rounder, FIU’s Anthony Gaitor, may stick around in Tampa as well. The quick, talented corner out of south Florida is happy enough just to be in the NFL right now though. Whereas other college players who didn’t get drafted now find themselves in football purgatory somewhere between joblessness, crushed NFL dreams and the UFL, picking a player in the 7th round was like dating a fat chick. They were just thrilled to be with someone.
Such was the case with Gaitor who blew away coach Raheem Morris with his enthusiasm and excitement over his selection.
“I thought we had another first-round selection,” Morris said. “I thought it was the first pick of the draft … with the emotion, the excitement. Bringing that guy in our building (for a predraft visit), he was electric.
“I asked him what round his agent was telling him he would go in, he said: ‘Man, I don’t care! I just want to come here, Coach!’ That’s the kind of player I think you’re going to get.”
If there’s one thing you can credit Raheem Morris for it’s sticking with his gut. And his gut has typically been right in Tampa, Morris seems to really have taken a liking to Gaitor which answers the question I raised last week. Gaitor is a developmental prospect, but his high-end potential were not that of some of the other projects available. I had wondered why the Bucs didn’t want to develop a player with a higher ceiling.
Well it turns out the height of Gaitor’s ceiling is just fine with coach Morris. And Raheem knows corners a lot better than I do.