Tampa Bay added another player to their running back stable in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, selecting Hawaii’s Joey Iosefa with their final draft pick.

Iosefa was primarily a ball-carrier for Hawaii’s offense, where he showed brute strength and power over the course of his four-year collegiate career. The 6-foot, 245 pound rusher carried the ball 512 times for 2218 yards and 21 touchdowns during his time at Hawaii. At the NFL Combine in February, Iosefa ran a 5.02 and bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times.

The bruising back brings some nastiness and power to the Buccaneers, but he’s not overly athletic and doesn’t show much wiggle, which may make it difficult for him to every see a substantial amount of work as a ball-carrier. The Hawaii back also brings some baggage to the NFL, as he was suspended three games for a DUI.

Iosefa is a Matt Asiata-like player that will likely make the move to fullback, where he would compete with Jorvorskie Lane for a roster spot. His running and receiving skills make him an intriguing prospect and a potential asset to Dirk Koetter’s offense.

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macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Javorskie Lane, listen up pal! You gonna have to fight for your life. This dude runs like he’s mad we didn’t pick Mariota! Bring yo’ A game!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcx46Nvpk3g

georgehicks
georgehicks
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

This guy remember myself of another Tampa bay buc in Mike Alstott the A Train.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

Coach said he wanted to get bigger at RB.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

Horse,

It gets even better!

Louisville RB Dominique Brown confirms he’s signed with Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent …
New Bucs rookie RB Dominique Brown has good size at 6-foot-2, 234 pounds. Rushed for 1,203 yards, 12 TDs over last two years …

dwilkes36
dwilkes36
6 years ago

With his 5.06 40-yd time, I doubt and hope we aren’t planning to use him at HB. So assuming he’s a FB, which is a dying position in the league, and one where we already have Lane and Stocker to play, this pick is unbelievable, especially when Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was still available…who as PR pointed out previously, would be an ideal fit at nickel DB and who has many Ronde-esque qualities. A year from now when he is back from his injury and Iosefa is a year removed from being cut in training camp, it’s gonna become more evident how… Read more »

Buc-Up
Buc-Up
Reply to  dwilkes36
6 years ago

I agree, Ekpre-Olomu had round 1-2 grade before his injury. Even if he needs the year or two to get back to normal, he still could’ve been a gunner on ST.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  dwilkes36
6 years ago

dwilkes36,Buc-Up; we don’t know if he can come back to his original form. Meanwhile we need a pile driver from time to time who can get 2 yards on third down or 1 yard on 4th down. I saw that as one of our needs and Coach filled it.

funkdoc19
funkdoc19
Reply to  dwilkes36
6 years ago

I couldn’t agree more, and he’s gonna have to run harder, break mor tackles, gets us more third down conversions than the A train ever did to earn my respect since IEO and Holliman were both available. Why couldn’t he be a priority free agent. With that being said, he does have more athleticism than advertised.

deeznuts
deeznuts
6 years ago

PRIORITY FREE AGENTS
1)MLB CURTIS GRANT OSU (4.65)6’3” 240LB–> hardy nickerson will love this guy
2)OG JOSUE MATIAS FLORIDA ST
3)DE RYAN DELAIRE TOWSON (4.83) 6’4” 255LB
4)TE JEAN SIFRIN MASSASSACHUSETS (4.8) 6’5” 245LB
5)RB ZACH ZENNER SOUTH DAKOTA ST (4.6) 6’0” 220LB
6)WR TITUS DAVIS CENTRAL MICHIGAN (4.5) 6’1” 195LB
7)FS KURTIS DRUMMOND MICHIGAN ST (4.65) 6’1” 210LB
8)SS SAM CARTER TCU (4.6) 6’1” 215LB

makski
makski
Reply to  deeznuts
6 years ago

LOVE some of the guys on this list. Really hope we can get J. Matias. He’s not better now, but some scouts believe he can become a better pro in the future than T. Jackson. Hopefully, J. Winston can give him a call and convince him to come here and protect him again just like in school. Also love Sifrin, Zenner and Delaire.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  makski
6 years ago

maksi,
Bucs signed DE Ryan Delaire, But Josue Matias signed with the Redskins.Josue Matias failed multiple NFL team physicals due to shoulder.

76Buc
76Buc
6 years ago

Guys, I live in Hawaii and this guy is a beast!! He does not have top end speed, but great quicks for a big guy, blocks well, and has hands as soft as butter. Very nasty attitude. For the media types his name is pronounced E eh sofa.

76Buc
76Buc
Reply to  76Buc
6 years ago

Actually I wrote that wrongly. E O sefa.

macabee
macabee
Reply to  76Buc
6 years ago

76Buc,

As a confirmed couch potato, I prefer sofa. lol. Looking at his game he does play faster. And to be fair, he ran a 4.8 40 at his pro day. Don’t need a lot of speed if you’re at or near the goal line! Mike alstott 40 time 4.74.

76Buc
76Buc
Reply to  macabee
6 years ago

mac, I didn’t know Alstott was a 4.74. Good stuff. Thanks.

plopes808
plopes808
Reply to  76Buc
6 years ago

I’m not the only Buc fan out here? Good to know lol

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

Thanks 76Buc; good to know about him. He can definitely make this team. Go Bucs!

scubog
scubog
6 years ago

Who cares about 40 yard dash times for a lead/power back? Give me a guy who can convert a 3rd and 1 without being driven backwards. Looks like another player with a little ‘tude.

magoobee
magoobee
6 years ago

Wasted pick. We could have had Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

76Buc
76Buc
Reply to  magoobee
6 years ago

I heard Ifo’s knee was much worse than…that it was actually shredded.

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

magoobee; did we do anything right? None of our RB’s can get us 3rd & 1 or 4th and 1; we saw that last year we had that need. Maybe he will learn to block or maybe he wasn’t asked to block that much before since he was a prime runner? He can catch the ball too.

pinkstob
pinkstob
6 years ago

I like his pick. I like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and K. Drummond better, but I don’t like our current FB’s anymore than I like our O-linemen. If he ends up being one of the top 3 FB’s in the league it’s a worthwhile pick.

plopes808
plopes808
6 years ago

This guy is legit and a much smarter pick than a CB with a shredded knee. There’s no guarantee in a year or so that he’ll be back to his old form. He may never become the player he once was.