3 Buccaneers rookies who turned heads at minicamp

Through Tampa Bay's OTA's and mandatory minicamp, these three players have quickly impressed their teammates and coaches.
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CB Marcus Banks

Similar to Funderburk, Banks is another undrafted free-agent player in the secondary who signed with Tampa Bay after the draft. Midway through June, Banks, like Funderburk, has also been a pleasant surprise to the Bowles and the Bucs' coaching staff.

"[Marcus] Banks has come up, Banks has shown something that we’re interested in seeing in pads. We’re going to have to see.”

Banks began his collegiate career at Alabama and played sparingly for three seasons on the Crimson Tide. In the summer of 2022, Banks transferred to Mississippi State, and appeared in 13 games, primarily on special teams. That season, Banks finished with 14 tackles and a defensive touchdown in the Bulldogs' 19-10 win versus Illinois in the 2023 ReliaQuest Bowl.

As a fifth-year senior this past season, Banks started all 12 games and posted 51 tackles and three pass breakups, while making the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. In 49 career college games, 25 at Mississippi State, Banks tailed 73 career tackles, 40 solo and 33 assisted, two career interceptions, and five career pass breakups

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