The Buccaneers have struggled these last couple of seasons in having a solid running game. Both Cadillac Williams and Earnest Graham are excellent third down backs, but neither should be used as a feature back. Legarrette Blount showed a lot of promise this past season, and should be the feature back. In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Bucs drafted another power runner in Allen Bradford. Allen Bradford plays a lot like Blount, and should Blount fall to injury, Bradford could be able to maintain the ‘power running’ identity the Bucs have developed.
However, there has always been interest in a ‘change of pace’ running back. This free agency has had some speedy running backs available, but the Bucs either failed to capitalize on their opportunity to recruit speed to their backfield, or saw greater potential in some of their recently signed undrafted free agents.
Among those running backs that went undrafted, the Bucs grabbed Mossis Madu from Oklahoma, and Armando Allen Jr. from Notre Dame. Take notice that both running backs offer a change of pace, therefore validating their interest in a faster back to change things up with Blount.
After some research on the two running backs, I saw more potential in Mossis Madu. Madu reminded me a lot of Blount in his elusiveness and ability to break tackles. He displays good vision, quick cuts, quick decision making abilities, and proves difficult to bring down. He’s also been used as a receiver, mostly in the slot, and did well on special teams as a punt an kick returner. Madu has been used on many passing plays, where he did well in pass blocking. There may be some character concerns due to his DUI arrest approx. a year ago, but I haven’t found anything else that would suggest him being a troublesome athlete.
Now, I don’t want to sound like I’m over selling Madu. He clearly went undrafted, and wasn’t really hunted down in free agency. However, I do feel that if he can match his potential, he could make his way into the active roster during the season. Otherwise, he could be a good fit for the practice squad.