John Chavis has been coaching college football since 1979, and the former LSU defensive coordinator says the Bucs found a playmaker in Tigers linebacker Kwon Alexander, a fourth-round draft pick who could make an impact this fall even though he's still only 20 years old.
The Bucs haven't released an official list of the undrafted rookie free agents they've signed, but one by one, we've pieced together quite a few names -- 30 and growing -- expected in for the rookie minicamp at One Buc Place starting Friday.
TAMPA — The Bucs' rookie minicamp next weekend will have players who run the gamut, from the draft's No. 1 overall pick, former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, to nearly anonymous small-school players on tryout contracts hoping to land deals as undrafted rookie free agents.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Saturday that he was excited for the "eighth round" — the frenetic courtship of undrafted rookies to sign free-agent contracts immediately after the draft. The team was busy into the night, with seven players either tweeting or being reported as signing with the Bucs. There's …
TAMPA — It starts with freshly minted quarterback Jameis Winston. From there, the only way to cure the sick dog that was the 2-14 Bucs is to surround him with as many young, fast and talented players as possible during the rest of the NFL draft.
Many Bucs fans had hoped Tampa Bay would open the draft with a player from Hawaii, but the Bucs instead finished their draft there, taking Hawaii fullback Joey Iosefa with their seventh-round pick to round out a seven-player class.
After going through four different return specialists in 2014, the Bucs took a big step toward finding an answer on special teams, using their sixth-round pick Saturday on Utah receiver Kaelin Clay, who led Division I-A with four total touchdowns on returns last fall.
The Bucs have their first defensive draft pick in nearly two years.
The Bucs' new offensive linemen, drafted in the second round Friday, are known for their athleticism, and Penn State coach James Franklin said Friday night raved about the way tackle Donovan Smith moves for a player his size.
TAMPA — To appreciate the giant leap that offensive lineman Ali Marpet is making, going from tiny Division III Hobart College in New York to be a second-round draft pick of the Bucs on Friday night, consider his head coach.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers own the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, so there is considerably more anticipation for this draft on the part of Tampa Bay Bucs fans than for any other in recent memory. This is where you will find all of the Tampa Bay Times coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft in the months leading up to the Bucs' pick.