Bucs start signing their draft picks


There aren’t many headaches left in the process of signing draft picks, but the few that remain generally only relate to first-round picks.

The Buccaneers didn’t have one of those this year, so they shouldn’t have any problem getting their picks under contract. They started the process on Monday by signing two members of their six-player class.

Defensive end Steven Means, a fifth-round pick, and running back Mike James, a sixth-round selection, were the two players to agree to deals. The Buccaneers are pretty thin at defensive end and Means had 19.5 sacks while at the University of Buffalo, so he’s potentially a strong addition to the team’s pass rush. He did play linebacker in college, however, so there may be some lag time in his transition.

The Bucs traded up to take James, who ran for 1,386 yards at Miami. With LeGarrette Blount gone, the Bucs will be looking at James, Michael Smith and Brian Leonard for roles behind Doug Martin in their backfield this year.

2 responses to “Bucs start signing their draft picks

  1. I hope he makes the transition to the DL–he could still play some LB (depth in case of injury) but I think they plan to get him on the DL and become a pass rusher.

    James could be interesting to see–especially since they got Demps in that trade too. However, he won’t play for them anyways, I think. I think his track career interferes too much and the Buccaneers just cut him. Really no point in having him only available part of the season and to try and be in game-day/football shape, know the playbook at all. Demps would only be available and useful for punt and kickoff returns at this point. Sad, because I’d like to see what he could do as a second or third string RB.

  2. I didn’t get the trade up for Mike James. There were some talented RB’s still available at that point that blew away James in every regard. I considered James as more of a tweener and if they plan on using him in more of a FB type of a role there were also better FB’s on the board but the gap wasn’t as big there. Now if they want to use James as more of a one back power guy why not go with a Spencer Ware there. I don’t know, I found the pick to be puzzling.

    If I was the TB GM I’d be scanning the waiver wire or trade for better RB depth.

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