The "second" draft took place over the weekend as the Buccaneers added 14 undrafted rookies to their roster. Recognizable names include cornerback Leonard Johnson, a Clearwater native, and Rutgers guard Desmond Wynn.
The 2012 NFL Draft may have ended Saturday evening, but the acquisition of players continued over the weekend, as general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano scoured the lists of undrafted college free agents, trying to find a diamond in the rough.
Monday morning the Buccaneers released a list of players who have officially signed offers with Tampa Bay and will be in town later this week for the three-day rookie mini-camp. Below is a list of the 14 players who signed with Tampa Bay.
WR Luther Ambrose - Louisiana-Monroe
LB Ryan Baker - LSU
QB Zach Collaros - Cincinnati
C Chaz Hine - USF
FB Cody Johnson - Texas
CB Leonard Johnson - Iowa State
DT Donte'e Nicholls - Tennessee State
WR Tyler Shoemaker - Boise State
T Bradley Sowell - Mississippi
S Tramain Thomas - Arkansas
TE Tyler Urban - West Virginia
G Michael VanDerMeulen - Toledo
CB Quenton Washington - USF
T Desmond Wynn – Rutgers
While the list is void of any huge names, a few do stand out, including Clearwater native Leonard Johnson who played cornerback for Iowa State. Johnson was a very productive cornerback in college, and some mock drafts had him being drafted as high as the fourth round. A 4.71 40 time at the NFL Combine hurt his stock.
One of Johnson’s biggest games came against Oklahoma State when he held first-round pick Justin Blackmon to only 99 yards receiving in Iowa State’s huge upset win over the Cowboys, a loss that cost Oklahoma State a spot in the title game.
With the familiarity of Rutgers program, many expected Schiano to perhaps draft at least one former player, but the draft came and went without any of Schiano’s former players being selected. Schiano did however end up with one Scarlet Knight, as offensive lineman Desmond Wynn signed a free agent deal with Tampa Bay. The 6-foot-6, 306 pound Wynn started all 12 games at guard for Rutgers and was selected as to the All-big East second team.
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