With the 2019 NFL Draft now in the rear view mirror, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers set their sights on Rookie Mini Camp. There will be several players who will be battling for a training camp invite and a shot at making the Buccaneers opening day roster.
Bruce Anderson: Running Back
Coming in at 5’11”, 210 pounds, Bruce Anderson provides an opportunity to upgrade the kick return game. As a running back for North Dakota State, Anderson helped lead the Bison to four FCS Championships. In 2015, Anderson returned 16 kicks for 585 yards and two touchdowns, setting a school record 36.6 yards per return as a true freshman. The second-team All-MVFC selection also lead the team in rushing as a senior with 924 yards and nine touchdowns. The clip below shows Anderson’s ability to keep a balanced frame and keep his feet moving through contact.
Zack Bailey: Guard
Playing center, guard, and right tackle for the University of South Carolina, Zack Bailey brings much needed versatility to the offensive line. His noticeable strengths include the speed to reach the second level and a balanced posture to sustain blocks. The second team All-SEC selection started as a right tackle in 2018 before breaking his fibula in the season finale. Two injury plague seasons have since lowered his draft stock from the third rounder to an undrafted free agent. With that being said, Bailey should be 100% at the start of mini camp.
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Lukas Denis: Safety
Even with his relatively small frame, Lukas Denis showed incredible ball hawking ability for Boston College. During his breakout junior season in 2017, Anderson recorded 10 pass breakups and seven interceptions, second in the FBS. His natural athleticism allows him to thrive in zone coverages, showing off exceptional lateral quickness. At 5’11” 190 pounds, Denis was often scrutinized for his below average tackling ability. While he can sometimes whiff on open field tackles, Denis’ closing speed is impressive, as seen in the clip below.
Kahzin Daniels: Defensive End/ Outside Line Backer
Partially blind in his right eye, Khazin Daniels was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after recording 8.5 sacks in 2018. A former division two athlete from the University of Charleston, Daniels certainly has an uphill battle to make the roster. His quickness off the ball and flexibility at the edge are strengths that will translate well to the pro level. He often forces the opposing tackle to play back on his heels and uses his leverage to bend around the point of attack.
Look for these rookies to make an impact during Bucs mini camp from May 10-11. Make sure you follow @FPC_Buccaneers on twitter for everything Buccaneers.