The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with undrafted rookie free agent Desmond Wynn, according to NFL.com. Wynn projects out as a boom-or-bust candidate. At 6'5'' and 300 pounds, this guard prospect has the size necessary to impose his will.
Wynn shines in the running game and was a key cog in Rutgers' 250-yard performance in the Pinstripe Bowl against the Huskies. Yet he often struggles with his health and ability to stay on the field.
Since his days as a prep athlete prior to college, Wynn has dealt with numerous injuries to his ACL, head and shoulder. He was limited during the 2012 NFL Combine due to an aggravation in his hamstring.
Wynn announced on his Twitter account Saturday that he's signing with Tampa Bay and reuniting with Greg Schiano, his college coach.
What the Experts Are Saying
NFL.com notes how well Wynn excels in the run game:
Wynn is a two-year starter inside for Rutgers who has a big body and the strength/footwork to match. He is a tough individual and fights until the end to sustain his blocks downfield. He has the base to hold his blocks and has been a go-to offensive lineman to run behind at Rutgers.
The folks over at ProFootballWeekly point out a laundry list of concerning issues, however.
Needs to continue adding bulk to his frame. Average athletic ability and initial quickness. Does not blow people off the ball in the run game. Not an explosive puller — gets hung up in traffic and is inconsistent on the second level. Struggles to adjust to moving targets in space. Needs to improve finishing strength. Can do a better job keeping his head on a swivel (slow to help at times). Inconsistent intensity. Durability could be an issue given his injury history.
Projected Rookie Impact
Wynn presents a real challenge to Tampa's talent evaluators. He's got the size for his position and performs admirably in one facet of his game, yet not so well in the other sizable portion.
With his projected struggles in pass protection, at least early on, there's no real chance Wynn cracks the starting lineup in 2012. With that said, this is a prospect with serious potential if he can continue his developmental progress and most importantly stay healthy. Wynn could be ticketed for practice squad duties in 2012.
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