Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Top five undrafted free agents in team history

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LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) /

LeGarrette Blount – RB 2010-2012

LeGarrette Blount was seen as somewhat of a pariah when it came to the Draft since the big and talented running back’s claim to fame was punching a Boise State player on national television after a loss whilst playing for the University of Oregon.

However, when someone that carries the ball is as big and athletic as Blount, it’s a small wonder nobody took a chance on him. The Tennessee Titans originally signed Blount as an undrafted free agent and spent training camp and preseason with the team. When he was released, the Buccaneers pounced on the chance to bring in Blount.

He soon proved the Bucs right in their faith in him. In Blount’s rookie year in 2010, he ran the ball 201 times for 1,007 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 5.0 yards per carry, which would end up tying his career-high.

While Blount would go on to become a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, it doesn’t mean his time in Tampa wasn’t memorable. His “beast mode” like runs where he would run over defenders, carry them on his back, or even hurdle them brought Bucs fans flashbacks to the days of Mike Alstott. Blount had a heck of a career for not being drafted, and he has the Buccaneers to thank for that.