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6. CB Branden Smith

08/01/2013 8:40 AM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. CB Branden Smith

Melvin isn't the only rookie corner trying to crack the roster in this summer's camp; Georgia's Branden Smith and Arizona State's Deveron Carr are in the same category. For any player on the bubble, an ability to contribute on special teams right away can end up being the deciding factor. In addition to the usual jobs covering and blocking on kicks, Smith might be able to get his foot in the door as a return man. He at least is one of the players who has been in the rotation when the Bucs are catching kickoffs on the practice field in camp. At Georgia, Smith averaged 17.8 yards on kickoff returns and 11.2 yards on punt returns, and he was occasionally used on offense in all four of his collegiate seasons, finishing with 38 carries for 363 yards.

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