The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed several undrafted free agents following their nine-player rookie class the team acquired on draft day. Here is a look at the players Pewter Report has identified as signing with the Bucs.
OLE MISS QB JEVAN SNEAD
The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Snead started his collegiate career at Texas. After losing the starting job to Colt McCoy, he transferred to Mississippi and had to sit out the 2007 season. Snead had a good 2008 season, and had a lot of draft buzz about him entering last year. He completed 56 percent of his passes for 2,762 yards with 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. In 2009, Snead had a disappointing season. He completed 54.4 percent of his passes for 2,632 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Snead and the Ole Miss offense missed wide receiver Mike Wallace and offensive tackle Michael Oher after they went to the NFL after the 2008 season. Snead has good size and a strong arm. At Ole Miss he struggled with decision-making, and handling the pass rush. Snead will be competing for a roster spot with Rudy Carpenter and Josh Johnson. Tampa Bay has 2009 first-round pick Josh Freeman firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback.
TENNESSEE LB RICO McCOY
McCoy, 6-1, 220 pounds, led Tennessee in tackles with 119 tackles last season. He had three tackles for a loss with five forced fumbles. He was a three-year starter on defense that totaled 350 tackles with 2.5 sacks, 14 tackles for a loss, one interception, 13 passes broken up, and eight forced fumbles. Last season McCoy played under former Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.
VIRGINIA TECH OG SERGIO RENDER
The 6-foot-3, 318-pound Render was a four-year starter at right guard and left guard for the Hokies. The powerful Render, who excels at run blocking, was a second-team All-ACC performer in 2008 and 2009. Keep an eye on Render as he may make a real push for a roster spot this year.
KANSAS STATE TE JERON MASTRUD
The Bucs have had their eye on the hard-working Mastrud since they scouted quarterback Josh Freeman last year. Mastrud was Freeman’s roommate at K-State and was one of his favorite targets on the field. The 6-foot-6, 253-pound Mastrud caught 106 passes for 1,219 yards and three touchdowns for the Wildcats. He is a hard worker who is coming off a stress fracture in his foot that forced him to miss the East-West Shrine Game.
NORTHERN IOWA DE JAMES RUFFIN
Ruffin, 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, finished his Panthers career with 24 QB captures with 21.5 of those coming over the past two years. The Northern Iowa end ran a 4.76 in the 40-yard dash and has some natural, raw pass rush ability. His production dipped during his senior year after a sensational junior campaign in which he had 69 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, forced three fumbles, broke up two passes and blocked a kick. In 2009, Ruffin produced 48 stops, 14 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He could step in and compete at either left end or right end due to his size and speed.
TENNESSEE G VLADIMIR RICHARD
This 6-foot-4, 300-pound Richard started at left guard for the Volunteers over the past two years. However, a knee injury interrupted his senior campaign. Richard is considered to be a powerful drive blocker.
TENNESSEE CB DENNIS ROGAN
Rogan, 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, is a good run-supporting cornerback who posted 69 tackles in 2009. This smart, tough defender also picked off a pass, forced a fumble and notched a sack during his senior season.
HARVARD OT JAMES WILLIAMS
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Williams was a three-time Ivy League All-American. Blessed with long arms, Williams is considered to be a superb technician. He was a three-year starter at left tackle for Harvard.
NORTH ALABAMA/FLORIDA STATE WR PRESTON PARKER
Parker, 5-foot-11 and 197 pounds, had 62 catches for 791 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore at FSU in 2007, but was dismissed from the Seminoles early last year after being arrested for driving under the influence. In 2008 he was arrested for gun and drug charges. He pled guilty to two misdemeanors and was suspended two games. He landed at North Alabama under Terry Bowden where he caught 52 passes for 789 yards and six touchdowns.
TEXAS PK HUNTER LAWRENCE
Lawrence was the Longhorns’ kicker over the last two seasons and finished as the most accurate kicker in Texas history. He scored 216 career points and made 32-of-37 field goals (86.5 percent), including 22-of-25 kicks (88 percent) during his senior season. Lawrence handled kickoff duties as a freshman and sophomore.
DELAWARE DE BRANDON GILBEAUX
Gilbeaux, a 6-foot-4, 265-pounder capable of playing defensive end and defensive tackle, was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection in 2009 after recording 58 tackles (31 solo), eight tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and one tackle for loss. Gilbeaux started at Syracuse in 2008 before being suspended from the Orangemen over academics.
EASTERN KENTUCKY OT DEREK HARDMAN
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle was a first-team FCS All-American in 2009 and played in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game. Hardman started 46 consecutive games for the Colonels as a right tackle in 2006-07 and as a left tackle from 2008-09.
WAYNE STATE MLB RYAN REEVES (Tryout)
The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Reeves was named a Division II second-team All-American. He totaled 124 tackles, seven pass breakups and four interceptions in 2009. Reeves posted 10 tackles or more in 10 of 11 games last year.â€¨
PURDUE C JARED ZWILLING (Tryout)
The 6-foot-4, 293-pound Zwilling is regarded as a smart, physical offensive lineman who was a team captain for the Boilermakers in 2009. He began his Purdue career as a defensive tackle before moving to the offensive line where he started at guard and center in 2008 before becoming entrenched at center last season.
EAST CAROLINA WR JAMAR BRYANT (Tryout)
Bryant, a 6-foot-2, 219-pound receiver, saw suspensions and injuries cut deeply into his production over the last two years of his East Carolina career. But when he had a full season to play football, as he did in 2007, he showed what he could do with 48 catches for 704 yards and six touchdowns. Over the next two years, Bryant would be limited to a combined 41 catches for 421 yards and five touchdowns.
LOUISVILLE OG ABDUL KUYATEH (Tryout)
The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Kuyateh was a two-year starter at right guard for the Cardinals after transferring to Louisville from Reedley Community College.
JACKSONVILLE STATE DL TORREY DAVIS (Tryout)
Davis, who started his college career at the University of Florida, transferred to Jacksonville State in 2009. He had academic and off-field issues at Florida, including alcohol possession and driving with a suspended license. He had 15 tackles and two sacks from 2007-08, including two goal line stops against Oklahoma’s Chris Brown on consecutive plays from the 1-yard line in the national championship game. Davis made the All-Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer team with 16 tackles (nine solo), 2.5 sacks and one recovered fumble.
CENTRAL FLORIDA C/G IAN BUSTILLO (Tryout)
Bustillo, a 6-foot-2, 300-pounder, was a three-time captain for the Knights, and was voted the Most Improved Lineman at UCF. He made 29 starts at center over three years in college.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC OT/G LAVORIS WILLIAMS (Tryout)
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Williams started every game at left tackle for FAU after playing in 10 games as a left and right tackle in 2008.