The Buccaneers currently have 15 UDFAs on the roster, each battling intensely for a roster spot. On this page, Bucs featured columnist Tom Edrington takes a look at each's chances of making the roster. He brings up some good points, but stay right here for my personal analysis.
DE Quintin Andersen- Standing at 6'5'' and weighing 280 pounds, Andersen is a big man. The trouble is, the defensive end position is overcrowded with veterans and there doesn't seem to be enough room for the Wagner man.
S Sean Baker- It's hard to imagine Baker earning a spot over the veteran safeties on the roster, but stranger things have happened.
RB De'Anthony Curtis- The Bucs have a pure power back, a jack-of-all-trades, two backfield burners and De'Anthony Curtis on their roster. So what are the Arkansas man's odds of making the roster?
Most likely, they are pretty slim.
He can still make the practice squad, though.
P Eric Guthrie- The Bucs already have a franchise punter. Guthrie is not needed here.
T Jermarcus Hardrick- Height: 6'7''. Weight: 320 lbs. Writer's reaction: My, oh my. However, the Nebraska man does not really control his own fate, as he must depend on RT Jeremy Trueblood to do poorly in order to have a chance at making the final roster. Otherwise, there's just not enough room for him.
FB Cody Johnson- A pure fullback? In the modern NFL? Fresh out of Texas, Cody Johnson may be a solid fullback, but with all the FB/TE hybrids the Bucs are currently carrying, Johnson will need a fantastic showing at training camp to make a name for himself.
CB Leonard Johnson- He's local, so that's already a plus. Many expected the Iowa State corner to be drafted last April, so when the draft wrapped up without his name being called, Johnson instantly became a hot commodity. He signed with the team he grew up watching and will be given a fair shot a making the final 53-man roster. Filling a need and having good college film are excellent ways to get on an NFL team, so don't be surprised to see him on the field come September.
WR Armahd Lewis- Given all the veteran talent at wide receiver, it's pretty hard to imagine the ex-Central Washington receiver landing a roster spot. It's even harder to imagine this when you consider that he's only 5'9''.
DT Jordan Nix- There are far, far too many veteran defensive tackles on this roster for me to believe that Nix, a North Carolina nose tackle, has a shot at making it through the preseason.
TE Danny Noble- I don't know how many tight ends Greg Schiano is planning on carrying, but unless that number is at least five, Danny Noble is a longshot.
C Moe Petrus- Moe Petrus weighs over 300 pounds. That is heavy. But weight might not be enough to secure the former UConn center a roster spot.
T Bradley Sowell- Sowell is the exact same size as Jermarcus Hardrick, which I find interesting. And as with Hardrick, the Mississipi man's roster chances depend on Jeremy Trueblood stinking up training camp, requiring the Bucs to set up more depth at tackle.
S Tramain Thomas- At 6'0'' and 204 pounds, the former Arkansas Razorback has good measurements for a safety. He will make the roster only if Ronde Barber and the other options at FS seriously underperform in training camp.
OL Michael VanDerMeulen- Don't call Michael VanDerMeulen small. That would be lying. The Toledo man is 6'7'' and is a versatile offensive lineman, being able to play both guard and tackle. Just not at once. I'd give him a decent chance to make the roster.
OL Desmond Wynn- Wynn played at Rutgers, so he has already got a head start in the evaluation process.
Besides; all he does is "Wynn."