The draft is over, but the Buccaneers have been hard at work signing players that weren’t drafted. Here is the 19 player roundup.
We have been hard at work recapping, analyzing, and discussing the Buccaneers’ 2016 draft class. It’s an interesting group, that hit on all sides of the ball including special teams, and will cause great debate until we see these players on the field. Mini-camps are up next.
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Now, just because the draft is over, the work doesn’t stop. What about all the players that weren’t drafted? The dream is not over, as they become undrafted free agents, or UDFA’s. The teams, almost immediately after the draft, begin a “free for all”, rushing to sign as many of these players as they can to make up a 90 man roster.
Here are the 19 players the Bucs have signed, as announced by the team:
- RB Peyton Barber, Auburn
- WR Anthony Kelly, Kutztown
- TE Tim Brown, West Chester
- DB Isaiah Johnson, South Carolina
- LB Luke Rhodes, William & Mary
- TE Kivon Cartwright, Colorado State
- T Leonard Wester, Missouri
- LB Tyson Coleman, Oregon
- OL Dominique Robertson, West Georgia
- DB Elijah Shumate, Notre Dame
- DT Jontavius Morris, Western Kentucky
- WR Dez Stewart, Ohio Dominican
- DL Channing Ward, Ole Miss
- LB Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn
- DL Davonte Lambert, Auburn
- S Traveon Henry, Northwestern
- RB Russ Hansbrough, Missouri
- TE Alan Cross, Memphis
- T Taylor Fallin, Memphis
One guy that sticks out is Alan Cross, Paxton Lynch’s tight end in Memphis. It’s hard to argue with numbers, and he posted 90 receptions in school, and could make his mark if they lose any confidence in Austin Seferian-Jenkins. His tackle, Taylor Fallin, is a house at 6’6″, 339 pounds. If he can move, he could be a guy that finds his way into training camp.
It does, happen, just ask Adam Humphries.
In addition to these guys, the following players were invited to rookie mini-camp for a tryout, reported by Bucs Nation:
- QB Phillip Ely, Toledo
- G Rob Trudo, Syracuse
- DE Mike Kozlakowski, Maine
- QB Steven Bench, USF
- WR Roman Namdar, Mount Union
- LB Travis Britz, Kansas State
- LB Zack Shaw, Indiana
Mini-camp will be held this weekend for the rookies, and we wish all of these players the best of luck in continuing the dream of making an NFL roster.