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5 Things to Know About Ryan Delaire

Get to know the newly-signed defensive end from Towson.

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


1. He can rush the passer.
Delaire picked up a team-high 11.5 sacks in 2014. And even when he didn't get to the quarterback, he was disruptive; Delaire also batted down three passes and picked up eight quarterback rushes.

2. He was expected to be a draft pick. considered Delaire a sixth or seventh-round prospect. "Looks great on the hoof with an NFL-caliber 3-4 outside linebacker build," they wrote in their scouting report. "Posted high-end production over two seasons at Towson with 32 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. Was able to play end in even front and outside linebacker in an odd front. Gains ground with his first three pass-rush steps. Sinks hips around the corner and uses well-timed rip to challenge the edge."

3. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
Delaire ran a 4.97-second 40-yard dash at the combine and recorded 23 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.

4. He was a four-sport athlete in high school.
At Windsor High School in Connecticut, Delaire competed in football, basketball, track and field and cross-country. He was an all-state selection in football and an all-conference pick in basketball. As a senior, he won his high school's Scholar-Athlete Award.

5. He originally committed to UMass.
Delaire played at the University of Massachusetts for his first two collegiate seasons. He played in 18 games before transferring, earning 25 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

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