Taking a look at Buccaneers UDFA, CB Jonathan Moxey out of Boise St.
Even though they have only been through their first minicamp, the Buccaneers brought in a nice haul in the NFL draft. They put a lot of time into adding weapons for Jameis Winston to have at his disposal, including a player in O.J. Howard that wasn’t even supposed to be available. Adding Chris Godwin thrilled Bucs fans as well when he was available down in round three. On defense, most notably they took a safety in the second round with the potential to engender fear in the hearts of receivers going across the middle.
We have to see these players take it to the field for real, of course. On paper, however, the group looks formidable.
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But, the work doesn’t stop there, no way. The building of a roster doesn’t stop after three days in a makeshift concert hall. That is only the beginning. The work is even faster and more furious when the draft is over and the undrafted free agent period begins.
Immediately after the draft, all of the players that weren’t selected shopped their services around to the teams around the NFL. Jason Licht was working the phones like a crazy person and brought in several players once the draft was over. For whatever reason, these players weren’t selected during the seven round process, so here they are, hoping to live out their NFL dreams essentially as “walk-ons”.
This afternoon, we are taking a look at one of those players.
The Bucs need to continue the upgrade in the secondary. Brent Grimes had a big season last year, but he isn’t getting any younger. Vernon Hargreaves displayed a lot of potential, but he has a lot of growing to do before he is the player we all hope he will be. They have revamped the safety position. Today, we talk about a cornerback added after the draft. His name is Jonathan Moxey, CB out of Boise St.
Here are his stats, courtesy of Sports Reference:
I am always partial to guys that stayed in school for their entire four years. Aside from the education part, it gives them the appropriate amount of college games to prepare them for the next level.
As stats go, 134 tackles, 31 passes defended and three interceptions are decent numbers. He is clearly around the football a lot, though it didn’t always translate into interceptions. Moxey also didn’t shy away from contact, which is a good thing.
He wasn’t invited to the Combine, but at his pro day, he ran a 4.57 40 yard dash. That isn’t elite, it would be around average. His 6.96 time in the three-cone drill was closer to upper-tier status.
Here is some video:
It’s hard to glean a lot from just a couple of minutes of tape, but it’s all we have. Clearly, this is a guy that can make a lot of plays. His technique seems good. He is a little small, standing at only 5-10. Then again, Brent Grimes is tiny too, so that’s not a guaranteed problem.
Could this guy make a difference? Maybe. After all, there are more undrafted free agents (16) in the Hall of Fame than number one picks (14). Think about it.