4 Buccaneers UDFAs with the best chance of securing a roster spot at training camp

As training camp begins, a few undrafted rookies are in prime position to secure roster spots

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There are a bunch of factors that play into final roster decisions and dictate how training camp battles go. One of those things is roster depth, and the Bucs have a serious lack of that at the safety position.

Most experts and pundits assumed they'd look at the NFL Draft to find some depth, especially with guys like Alabama's Brian Branch and Florida State's Jammie Robinson being potential targets. Neither of those guys ended up being picked, and the Bucs passed on taking a safety at all during the draft. Instead, Jason Licht decided to splurge on the UDFA market and added three safeties as soon as the draft was over.

The Bucs reportedly had a draftable grade on Iowa's Keavon Merriweather, which is why it's no surprise they pounced on the chance to add him. It's a factor that makes him an interesting sleeper candidate to watch at training camp and someone who has some stars aligned in terms of making the final roster.

One thing working for Merriweather is the utter lack of depth at safety behind Antoine Winfield. Nolan Turner is a UDFA from last year who is returning to camp, but even if he makes the roster there's a potential need for another body behind him to ensure the right rotational options for Todd Bowles.

Merriweather is a hard-hitting, physical safety who can play in multiple coverage schemes. He has the drive of a guy with a chip on his shoulder, and all of those things combine to create a potential perfect storm for Merriweather to make the roster.