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.