Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Steven Means, OLB from Buffalo in the 5th Round of the NFL Draft: Information and Grades

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have addressed a need for depth at SAM linebacker, selecting Steven Means, outside linebacker from the University of Buffalo in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. Means was an outside linebacker on the outside of the Bulls’ 3-4 defense, but according to ESPN’s Scouts Inc. he is capable of being a SLB in a 4-3 defense. He is over 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs over 250 pounds, and runs a 40 yard dash in the 4.7 second range. He impressed scouts at his Pro Day, and had a long, productive career at Buffalo, starting 42 games and playing in all 48 games for which he was on the roster.

He was a team captain and is known for a great work ethic. Dane Brugler had this to say about Means:

Although not an elite speed rusher, Means makes up for it with very good awareness and range to make plays away from the line of scrimmage against the run. – Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

The Buccaneers only have two picks left, and while Means is probably not a player that was worthy of a fifth round pick, he is a player the Buccaneers obviously targeted and didn’t want to risk losing. He was a special teams ace, meaning this selection was probably as much about his ability to compete in that phase of the same as much as defense.

Check out more about Means’ Pro Day and college career here.

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I give this one a “C” because I think it’s an B for fit but a D for value. He’s a late riser on draft boards, but has skills that could translate to being a decent pass rusher in the NFL.

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  • RussMillerWY

    It’s the first time in decades I can recall the Bucs taking on a linebacker who weighs more than 240 pounds. Perhaps he could tack on another 5 or 10 pounds and challenge Te’o-Nesheim at DE? Special teams types, except for long snappers, usually don’t weigh that much, either. Guess we’ll see what they have in mind for him. Looks like Najee Goode has another safe, quiet year of “development” ahead of him since they didn’t draft another Mike LB. I, too, can’t figure out why they traded up so much today. Perhaps they have only a few marginal (to most of us, anyway) players they’re really excited about and more late round picks than they know what to do with?