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5 Things to Know About Chris Hackett

Get to know the newly-signed safety out of TCU.

A gallery of some of the college free agents the Buccaneers signed after the conclusion of the 2015 NFL Draft.


1. He can get to the ball.
Hackett picked off seven passes in 2014, tied for the third-most in the country. His seven interceptions were the most in the Big 12. He had a four-game streak during the season where he intercepted at least one pass. Hackett also broke up 13 passes, tied for the team-lead.

2. He's experienced.
Hackett has been a full-time starter since redshirting at TCU. He started 10 of 13 games in 2012, 11 of 12 games in 2013 and every game this past season.

3. He can tackle.
In 2014, Hackett recorded 75 tackles, the fourth-most on the team. He finished second on TCU's defense with 88 tackles in 2013. In 2013, he was No. 9 in the Big 12 in tackles per game with 7.3.

4. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
In February, Hackett ran a 4.81-second 40-yard dash, 4.2-second 20-yard shuttle and 12.14-second 60-yard shuttle. He recorded 32 inches in the vertical jump and 110 inches in the broad jump.

5. He was one of the best undrafted safeties in the country.
Following the draft, put together a list of the best undrafted safeties. Hackett was among the 12 players included. All but one of the safeties listed by have signed with an NFL team.

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