One of the most intriguing undrafted free agents the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed this offseason was Peyton Barber, the former Auburn running back who left school early so that he could take care of his more-or-less homeless mother. He's competing for the third running back spot, behind Charles Sims and Doug Martin, with Mike James being his main competition. In other words: he's in good position to make the 53-man roster, or at least get an practice squad offer.
One reason why he has the potential to do some damage in the NFL is in the little details. He's not particularly explosive or fluid, nor is he an eye-popping athlete, but he gets a lot of the small things right. Just ask Matt Waldman of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio, who also breaks down Barber above.
Peyton Barber lacks a wealth of college football experience. He lacks gaudy career stats. And he lacks notoriety that makes him a safe player to discuss in a glowing light.
What he doesn't lack is a shortage of these tiny details to his game that show up big under the NFL's magnifying glass. His bad box score performance against Alabama in November provides a wealth of details that matter more than the obvious things that all players must possess on a baseline level to earn a shot in the league.
Barber's main problem: he's going up against Mike James, who's very similar. Not spectacular, not an eye-popping athlete, but someone who does everything a running back needs to do, and who has the skills to be a workhorse back. The competition between the two isn't overly important for the roster, but it should be fascinating to watch.