Pro Football Focus released their top-10 undrafted free agents signings from the 2019 rookie class and believe the Bucs landed a great potential talent in safety Lukas Denis out of Boston College.

Safety has been a pressing issue for Tampa Bay over the past years, with veterans like Chris Conte and Keith Tandy seeing their departure while potential impact guys like J.J. Wilcox and T.J. Ward never worked out. This left the Bucs with a largely inexperienced positional group, being forced to deploy a ton of youth in 2018 in the form of Isaiah Johnson and Jordan Whitehead across from second-year player Justin Evans. Further injuries led to players like Andrew Adams and Josh Shaw jumping straight off the street and straight into the starting lineup.

Much like we have seen general manager Jason Licht do with the cornerback position, he flooded the safety position this offseason, adding Mike Edwards through the draft, Orion Stewert and Kentrell Brice through free agency and D’Cota Dixon and Denis through free agency.

While many undrafted free agents often have a huge uphill climb to make the team, let alone find significant playing time, Pro Football Focus believes Denis could be a potential steal for the team that’s been searching for their stud at the position for years.

“Denis turned in an underwhelming 59.9 overall grade at safety for Boston College a year ago, but his 90.9 overall grade in 2017 gives reason to believe he can turn things around in the NFL,” The article states, “At 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Denis is extremely small for his position and doesn’t have elite athleticism to make up for it, either. The former wide receiver turned defensive back is still very raw and most likely needs to live in the weight room to see the field in the NFL, but if he can get back to his 2017 form, he’ll be quite the steal for Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent.”

Denis first got playing time in his sophomore season, playing in seven games, but broke out as a junior. In his third year, Denis accumulated 83 total tackles, 10 passes defended, two forced fumbles and an impressive seven interceptions over 13 games with the Eagles.

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2 years ago

Wow, I’m almost underwhelmed. Wish him the best though.
We need to be flooding the DL and OL like this.

2 years ago

I mean it’s a UDFA, it’s not like the article is going to say “this is the Bucs’ next John Lynch”. He seems like a good find. As far as the trenches go, I am much more comfortable with the D line than the OLine. I hope I am wrong but I don’t think the OLine really has enough talent. And this is without any injuries.

Pete Wood
2 years ago

So, Denis isn’t a first round draft pick. So, what? He’s a steal and a good player and, you know what? Good teams sign players like this.
I am very happy Bucs have inked a deal with him.

Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

You know he might stick as a dime backer. Will be interesting to see if he can carve out a role and make the Bucs roster.

2 years ago


2 years ago

I saw his highlight tape and was impressed. He has excellent instincts (knowing where the ball is) and is an adept pick artist. Kinda small but so was Honey Badger. I like that they are signing guys like this. C Nate Trewyn, Rimington Award winner and OG Zach Bailey are both UDFA signings that have a good chance to make the team. Go Bucs!

2 years ago

Over the years we have seen top draft picks fail and lesser known players succeed. We shall see.

Buc stops here
2 years ago

I agree with you Scubog. People forget that the Bucs have had a number of successes under Licht of finding people off the street who can contribute fairly well. Previous successes include Adam Humphries, Cameron Brate, Peyton Barber – they were all picked up off the street by Jason Licht. As uneven as his drafting record has been, he is known to be among the best at finding not drafted talent. There have been numerous stories on his track record in this record and for a change in Buc history this is pretty good. This is the most recent article… Read more »

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2 years ago

And yet we still continue to go 5-11 on the season…

Buc stops here
2 years ago
2 years ago

I would also pick Anderson as a very great signing by Licht too. I believe he will make the team as an undrafted Free Agent.