A Devine Opportunity

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Coach Raheem Morris, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has done a great job of finding hidden talent in undrafted free agents and practice squad players.  The most notable example would probably be running back, Legarrette Blount.  Blount had an amazing college career and was predicted to be a first round talent in the draft.

It's near impossible to bring down Noel Devine.

After being suspended from the Oregon Ducks for his assault against Boise State’s, Byron Hunt, Blount’s draft stock plummeted.  He went undrafted in the 2010 Draft, signed as a free agent with the Titans, and was later cut from the roster to make room for linebackers Tim Shaw and Patrick Bailey.  If Blount had cleared waivers, he would have been signed to the practice squad.  The following day after being cut, Coach Morris claimed Blount off waivers and Blount proved to the NFL that he was not worth all the doubts the coaches had of him.


This season, the Bucs should address the need to recruit another running back.  Blount seems like he can be the featured back, but the Bucs could use a change of pace.  They have several good options in free agency once the lockout is lifted, but could continue their youth movement and find talent amongst the undrafted free agents of this past draft.  Of the undrafted free agents, my top picks are Derrick Locke, John Clay and Noel Devine.  The Bucs already have power backs in Blount and rookie Allen Bradford, making it pointless to pursue John Clay.  Locke and Devine are both undersized backs that went undrafted this past offseason.  Of the two, Devine stands out more because of his elusiveness.  So why not explore some Devine speed?

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