As obvious as it sounds, it is really hard to make an NFL roster.
Only 256 players are taken in the NFL draft. That's 256 out of over 1,000 eligible players.
It's typical for a team's undrafted free-agent class to outnumber its draft class. The 2014 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are no exception.
The life of an undrafted free agent is rife with uncertainty and disappointment, as former Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith learned when he was cut by the Bucs:
The dangers of leaving for the NFL early: Brett Smith left Wyoming with one year left, went undrafted, cut by Bucs after rookie camp— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) May 21, 2014
No job is guaranteed for guys who essentially amount to tryout players. Even if they prove worthy to make an NFL roster, that doesn't guarantee a spot if a team already committed those spots to drafted players and veterans.
By that same token, some players will have better shots at making the team than others, especially where there is a need for talent.
Here are the evaluations of the Bucs' 2014 undrafted free-agent class and their outlook for making the final roster for the 2014 season.