Player News - Buccaneers

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Bucs signed West Georgia OG Dominique Robertson.

Robertson (6'5/324) transferred from Texas Tech to West Georgia for his senior year, earning first-team Division II All-American honors for his elite performance at left tackle. Robertson has incredibly long arms (36"), but still pumped 225 pounds 30 times on the bench in Indy. A traits-based project, Robertson combines NFL-caliber movement skills with blind-side length. While not remotely ready to play, Robertson is worth a look as a developmental flier.
May 2 - 3:14 PM

Bucs signed Colorado State TE Kivon Cartwright.

Cartwright (6'4/243) made 34 starts for the Rams, parlaying 75 catches into 1,136 yards (15.1 YPR) and 11 TDs. He made honorable mention All-Mountain West as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Cartwright displayed adequate athletic ability at Colorado State's Pro Day, running 4.77 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Cartwright is built big with long arms (33 3/4") and huge hands (10 7/8"), but lacks fluidity in his movements and blocked poorly in college.
May 2 - 3:09 PM

Bucs signed Auburn RB Peyton Barber.

Barber (5'10/228) spent one season as the Tigers' starting tailback, managing 1,017 yards and 13 TDs on 238 carries (4.27 YPC). He only caught 11 passes in his college career. A grinding plodder with scant passing-game experience, Barber ran 4.64 with a sluggish 9-foot-3 broad jump in Indianapolis. Barber has drawn glass-half-full comparisons to Alfred Morris, but ultimately is likely to struggle to carve out a substantial NFL career.
May 2 - 3:08 PM

The Tampa Bay Tribune's Roy Cummings said the Bucs "believe" in second-year WR Kenny Bell.

Bell missed his entire rookie season with a hamstring injury, but he boasts 4.4 speed and a highly-productive college resume. More talented than Louis Murphy, Adam Humphries, and Donteea Dye, Bell will be the favorite for Tampa's No. 3 receiver job if he can master the playbook.
May 2 - 12:05 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes TE Brandon Myers is competing for the Bucs' final tight-end spot.

Myers has one year left on his contract at a $1.75 million salary. He's behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins, youngster Cameron Brate, and Luke Stocker on the depth chart. Myers posted a 12-127-0 line on 321 snaps last season.
May 1 - 4:07 PM

Bucs signed Memphis OT Taylor Fallin.

Fallin (6'7/340) made 33 starts on the blind side of Paxton Lynch, earning first-team All-Conference USA as a senior. Fallin has a massive frame, long arms (34 5/8"), and big hands (10 1/8"), but guard-level feet and athleticism and plays with poor technique as a heavy-legged waist bender. Fallin's ceiling is probably a swing guard-right tackle. He may not even have what it takes to win a stable backup job.
Apr 30 - 8:52 PM

Bucs signed Missouri RB Russell Hansbrough.

Hansbrough (5'8/192) was a rotational scatback for the Tigers, collecting a career rushing line of 467-2,344-15 (5.02 YPC) with 30 receptions. Diminutive and not an especially great athlete, Hansbrough managed a 4.63 forty at Mizzou's Pro Day with pedestrian vertical (30 1/2") and broad (9'6") jumps. Hansbrough was a useful college player who likely won't cut it in the pros.
Apr 30 - 8:46 PM

Bucs signed Auburn LB Cassanova McKinzy.

McKinzy (6'1/248) was a three-year starter at Auburn, tallying 29.5 career tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles. McKinzy spent time at a variety of linebacker positions for the Tigers, but best projects as a stacked inside 'backer who can be used downhill versus the run. McKinzy is a stiff athlete with pass-coverage deficiencies, running 4.83 with weak agility scores before the draft. NFL coaches will love McKinzy's toughness, but he is too physically limited to make a big-league impact on defense.
Apr 30 - 8:19 PM

Bucs signed Notre Dame S Elijah Shumate.

Shumate (6'0/216) was a sub-package DB for the Irish before taking over as a starter for his final two years, finishing his career with ten tackles for loss and two interceptions. Shumate turned in an okay-not-great Combine workout, running 4.58 with a 33-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Stiff hipped and lacking cover skills, Shumate is purely a box safety prospect. He'll need to shine on special teams long before playing any defense.
Apr 30 - 7:55 PM

Bucs selected Northwestern FB Dan Vitale with the No. 197 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Vitale (6'1/239) was a four-year starter at "superback" for the Wildcats, excelling as a receiver with a career line of 135-1,427-11 (10.6 YPR). Despite his fullback profile, Vitale turned heads in Indy with a 4.6-flat forty, 38 1/2-inch vertical, and 10-foot-3 broad jump. His SPARQ score was the second highest among running backs at the Combine. Vitale is a rich man's version of Kyle Juszczyk as a fullback-running back-H-back hybrid.
Apr 30 - 4:35 PM

Buccaneers selected Oklahoma LB Devante Bond with the No. 183 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Bond (6'1/235) spent two seasons as a Sooner after transferring from JUCO, amassing 11 tackles for loss with three sacks and a forced fumble across eight starts. He showed range and flashed as a blitzer. Although Bond was a part-time college player, he has growth potential based on his athletic makeup, running 4.7-flat with an explosive 10-foot-1 broad jump and 37 1/2-inch vertical. Bond figures to open his NFL career on special teams and push for defensive snaps down the road.
Apr 30 - 3:59 PM

Buccaneers selected UCLA T Caleb Benenoch with the No. 148 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Benenoch (6'6/311) closed out his Bruins career with 35 straight starts, mostly at right tackle but mixing in four at guard last year. His strength is movement ability; Benenoch ran 4.98 at the Combine and offers experience in the zone-running game. Benenoch's weaknesses are his core strength and inability to overpower defensive linemen. He projects as a swing guard-tackle reserve early in his career who could eventually grow into a lower-end starting guard.
Apr 30 - 2:22 PM

Buccaneers selected NC Central CB Ryan Smith with the No. 108 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Smith (5'11/189) made 42 starts for the NC Central Eagles, amassing 31 career pass breakups and seven interceptions and setting a school record in kickoff-return average (28.1). He earned second-team All-MEAC as a senior. Smith helped himself at the Combine, blazing 4.47 with a 36-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Smith's build and short arms (30 1/2") will hurt his chances of making it on the perimeter, but he could be a sticky slot corner. Initially, Smith's return value will be his NFL ticket. He has flashed zone skills at the college level, along with man to man prowess.
Apr 30 - 12:38 PM

Buccaneers traded up with the Chiefs to select Florida State K Roberto Aguayo with the No. 59 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

The Bucs sent the Chiefs the Nos. 74 and 106 overall picks to come up for the kicker. Aguayo (6'0/207) was the best kicker in the nation for the duration of his Seminoles career, earning the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman and first-team All-ACC each of the next two seasons. All told, Aguayo went 69-of-78 (88.5%) on field goals and 198-of-198 on extra points. In January, Aguayo become the first placekicker to declare early for the NFL draft since Sebastian Janikowski in 2000.
Apr 29 - 9:21 PM

Buccaneers selected Eastern Kentucky DE Noah Spence with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Spence (6'3/251) spent one season at EKU after transferring from Ohio State, dominating his FCS competition with 22.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Spence was a 2013 first-team All-Big Ten pick before his transfer, which resulted from two positive tests for Ecstacy. Spence got treatment for his habit, checking into rehab and making a full recovery. A good-not-great athlete for his size, Spence clocked 4.80 with a 10-foot-1 broad jump in Indy. He wins off the edge with an unrelenting motor and energy in sideline-to-sideline pursuit. Spence may never lead the NFL in sacks, but he has 8-12 sack potential if he keeps his head on straight.
Apr 29 - 7:48 PM


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