The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2023 NFL Draft with seven selections, including a late round trade that got them back into the sixth round for the cost of a 2024 fifth round pick. With a lot of focus on speed and pass rush, the Bucs’ 2023 draft haul is as follows;
Round 1 (19) - DL Calijah Kancey, Pitt
Round 2 (48) - OL Cody Mauch, North Dakota St
Round 3 (82) - EDGE Yaya Diaby, Louisville
Round 5 (153) - LB SirVocea Dennis, Pitt
Round 5 (171) - TE Payne Durham, Purdue
Round 6 (181) - DB Josh Hayes, Kansas St.
Round 6 (191) - WR Trey Palmer, Nebraska
Round 6 (196) - EDGE Jose Ramirez, Eastern Michigan
So now that the draft is over, the Buccaneers will turn their attention to players that weren’t drafted to bring in and compete for jobs. They’ve had some luck in the past finding undrafted gems that became contributors to the team like tight end Cam Brate, running back Earnest Graham, tackle Demar Dotson, defensive end Michael Bennett, tackle Donald Penn, and linebacker Shelton Quarles. There’s always a player or two that goes from undrafted to making the 53-man roster - even if it’s just as a special teams player to start with. Last season, that guy was Deven Thompkins.
So with positional needs like running back, quarterback, safety, wide receiver, and tight end among places where the Bucs still need to find depth, here is a running list of the undrafted players the Buccaneers are bringing in.
DraftKings Sportsbook currently has the Bucs at +6500 to win the Super Bowl which are the second best odds in the NFC South, trailing only the New Orleans Saints.
*Note: Tweets appear with the most recent at the top
Undrafted Syracuse RB Sean Tucker got $155,000 guaranteed from the #Bucs, per source. Good opportunity with a team that could have drafted a running back but didn’t.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 30, 2023
USF linebacker Dwayne Boyles, who led the Bulls with 108 tackles last season, will attend Bucs rookie minicamp as a tryout player. Played in 54 games in his USF career, finished with 315 tackles.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 30, 2023
#Buccaneers invited Utah St. S Hunter Reynolds to rookie mini camp.— Tanner Phifer (@TannerPhiferNFL) April 30, 2023
Congratulations to client @edoug71 on accepting a rookie minicamp invite with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. #LoganBrownSports #Family— Logan Brown Sports (@LBSAgent) April 29, 2023
#Buccaneers invited quarterback Kaylan Wiggins to their rookie minicamp, per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 30, 2023
Confirmed: #TXST DL Nelson Mbanasor to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. pic.twitter.com/PdgQcb3BkX— Keff Ciardello (@Keff_C) April 30, 2023
Raleigh ➡️ Tampa Bay@LabelMeAsQuadon joins The Bucs#PackPros | #HTT pic.twitter.com/jqeuk88NOh— NC State Football (@PackFootball) April 30, 2023
Bucs are signing linebacker Brandon Bouyer-Randle as an undrafted rookie. Had 98 tackles last year at Connecticut, after four years at Michigan State and two at Texas Tech. That's 16 UDFAs for Bucs.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 30, 2023
Another speed receiver for Bucs after the draft -- TCU's Taye Barber ran a 4.44 40, had 37 catches for 613 yards and five TDs last year, averaging 16.6 per catch. He's third UDFA WR for Bucs, 15th UDFA overall.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 30, 2023
Iowa safety Kaevon Merriweather to #Buccaneers, per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 30, 2023
Luke Haggard @Buccaneers— Duke Manyweather (@BigDuke50) April 30, 2023
@OLMasterminds™️ ✖️ @sportsxacademy pic.twitter.com/PKYkFi1uej
Alabama State DB Keenan Isaac is signing a PFA deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he tells me. @KNI__4 @BamaStateFB pic.twitter.com/ONxc5e9DhL— LIGHT ON COLLEGE SPORTS (@LightOnSports) April 30, 2023
Former #Oklahoma C/OG Chris Murray is signing with the #Bucs, source tells @theScore— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) April 30, 2023
Virginia Tech offensive lineman Silas Dzansi indicated in his Instagram he has signed with the Bucs. pic.twitter.com/cgUPmg4YYr— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) April 30, 2023
I am #PL34SED to be a Buccaneer! pic.twitter.com/xro9Y0PTqB— Sean Tucker (@seantucker2020) April 30, 2023
Two more undrafted rookie receivers for Bucs -- Furman's Ryan Miller (72 catches, 726 yards, 12 TDs) and Maryland's Rakim Jarrett (40 catches, 471 yards, 3 TDs). Bucs adding depth quickly to receiving room. Up to nine total UDFA signings now, about halfway there.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 30, 2023
#Bucs are signing Tennessee MLB Jeremy Banks as an undrafted free agent.— PewterReport ☠️ (@PewterReport) April 30, 2023
Another undrafted rookie signing for Bucs -- Rutgers safety Chris Izien. Ran a 4.42 40, had 41 career starts in college.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 29, 2023
Syracuse RB Sean Tucker, reportedly signing with Bucs, had a 5th/6th round grade from @dpbrugler. Rushed for 1,496 yards and 12 TDs in 2021, then 1,060 and 11 TDs this past season.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 29, 2023
UDFA Sean Tucker is signing with the #Buccaneers, per his agency.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 29, 2023
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are signing my client Tanner Taula (TE, Illinois State) to a rookie free agent deal. Has a great opportunity to make it there with his size and versatility.— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) April 29, 2023
#Bucs signing Shepherd RB Ronnie Brown, per source.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 29, 2023
#Buccaneers sign Arkansas kicker Jake Bates (Tomball), per a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 29, 2023
Let’s Go @Buccaneers!!!! The next chapter begins… can’t wait to watch! https://t.co/h7Y66JwQhU— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) April 29, 2023
Kansas State WR Kade Warner to the #Buccaneers.— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) April 29, 2023
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