By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on May 21, 2014
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers seem to be moving in the right direction after a good draft and a better coaching presence in Lovie Smith. The Bucs have a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, but Josh McCown will have to be more than a game-manager to get this team in the playoffs. Here are five UDFAs who will make the final 53-man roster.
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The Bucs drafted Mike Evans in the first round and they drafted Robert Herron the sixth round, but there is still a need to add a capable receiver and that's what Solomon Patton is. Like Herron, Patton is undersized at 5-foot-8 and he has great burst too. Patton will excel in the NFL at finding soft spots in the defense and using his reliable hands to catch passes and move the chains.
Toney Hoyd Jr. played four year for the Texas A&M Aggies. That being said, Hoyd Jr. played against competition in the Big-12 and in the SEC. Hoyd Jr. projects as a slot cornerback and that is currently a void in Tampa Bay's defense. Hoyd Jr.'s experience and athleticism will be the reason why he will make this team.
Matt Patchan was the fastest offensive linemen at the draft, even though he suffered many knee injuries in college. With the ability to play guard and tackle, Patchan has of potential to be a nice swing-tackle in goal-line situations. Patchan could also end up being a diamond in the rough if he becomes stronger.
Brett Smith has drawn comparisons to Doug Flutie, just like Johnny Manziel. In fact, many have compared Smith to Manziel. Blessed with elusiveness and athleticism, Smith is a playmaker, even though he is extremely unorthodox. Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford loves athletic quarterbacks and that's exactly what Smith is. It wouldn't surprise me to see the Wyoming product in the picture for the starting quarterback job.
When people think of South Carolina's defense, two names come to mind in Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles. While Clowney is a once-in-a-generation type of talent and Quarles is pretty good too, Chaz Sutton is another player who is intriguing because he can play outside or inside. The Bucs could use a versatile defensive linemen like Sutton.
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