The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off their rookie mini-camp on Friday with a couple big names to keep an eye on.
Defensive end Ryan Delaire, an undrafted rookie from Towson, has high expectations and for potentially making the roster. Within the staff, expectations are mutual and some believe he is instantly the third best pass rusher if he makes through offseason workouts and onto the regular season roster.
Fifth-round draft pick Kenny Bell had a decent college career at Nebraska and many have predicted that he can make a strong case for the slot receiver on the Bucs.
Offensive guard Ali Marpet is an interesting prospect. After the Bucs selected Penn State tackle Donovan Smith in the top half of the second round, Marpet was highly thought of by the team so they traded back into the bottom half of the second round to draft him. His Senior Bowl appearance impressed many throughout the week leading into the game, but playing for a Division-III school in Hobart has left some questioning his true ability due to less-than-stellar competition he faced.
And of course, there is the first overall selection, quarterback Jameis Winston. The Florida State product will showcase his skills and ability as a Buccaneer on the practice fields at One Buc Place for the first time. It’ll be his first true test — albeit among other rookies — of leading his new teammates. That leadership was already evident as the first wave of rookies reported Thursday.
Jameis Winston was first to arrive at One Buc to meet & greet all of his fellow rookies heading into Mini-Camp https://t.co/phCGki8tBW
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) May 7, 2015
The full rookie mini-camp roster is shown below.
|3||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida State||D1-’15|
|4||Seth Lobato||QB||Northern Coloardo||FA-’15|
|5||Mike Sadler||K||Michigan State||Tryout|
|6||Andy Wilder||P||Northern Arizona||FA-’15|
|32||Dominique Johnson||CB||Panhandle State||Tryout|
|38||Deshazor Everett||CB||Texas A&M||CFA-’15|
|39||Brandon Stanley||DB||Eastern Kentucky||Tryout|
|43||Kenny Okoro||CB||Wake Forest||Tryout|
|45||Stephon Morris||CB||Penn State||Tryout|
|49||Josh Keyes||LB||Boston College||CFA-’15|
|50||Ty Brown||LB||North Carolina Central||Tryout|
|51||Jared Koster||LB||New Mexico Highlands||Tryout|
|52||Cameron Ontko||LB||Cal Poly||Tryout|
|56||Travis Taylor||LB||Murray State||Tryout|
|60||Jeremiah Warren||OL||South Florida||FA-’14|
|67||Jamal Young||DE||Jones County (Miss.) JC||CFA-’15|
|76||Donovan Smith||T||Penn State||D2a-’15|
|82||Ken Bibbins||TE||Houston Baptist||Tryout|
|85||Chadler Jones||WR||San Jose State||FA-’15|
|86||Emmanuel Ogbuehi||TE||Georgia State||FA-’15|
|87||Casey Freeman||LS||Alcorn State||Tryout|
|90||Gregory Hickman||DT||Florida International||Tryout|
|KEY: D – draft pick, FA – free agent, CFA – college free agent|