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5 Things to Know: Rookie Free Agents

A few interesting facts about the Buccaneers' rookie free agents.

Photos of the Buccaneers' undrafted free agents.

1. Laval's Anthony Auclair had an impressive offseason.
The Canadian player is already familiar with the Tampa area after traveling to St. Petersburg for the East-West Shrine game in January. He caught two passes for 21 yards in that game, including an 18-yard reception where he hurdled a defender. For his efforts, Auclair was selected as one of's standouts.

2. Alabama's Korren Kirven and Eastern Michigan's Cole Gardner are the only rookie offensive linemen to join the Bucs.
Tampa Bay didn't select a single offensive lineman in the draft and added just two, Kirven and Gardner, as undrafted free agents. The Bucs' rookie class consists of 20 players with two of them being listed as offensive tackles. Kirven began his college career as a defensive lineman, but finished his final two seasons on the offensive side of the ball. He is listed as a tackle on the Bucs' roster but started six games for Alabama at guard in 2016. Gardner, a converted tight end, was considered to be one of the top available undrafted offensive linemen by He started 13 games for Eastern Michigan at left tackle last season.


Take a look at all of the Buccaneers 2017 draft picks.

  1. The Bucs signed a pair of former Hawkeye teammates.  **
    Maurice Fleming played three seasons at Iowa, from 2013 to 2015, but was granted a fifth year of eligibility and transferred to West Virginia for his final season. During the 2014 and 2015 season, Fleming was joined in the Iowa secondary by Greg Mabin. Fleming started five in 2015 and nine in 2016 while Mabin started 12 games in 2014 and 14 in 2015.

4. Paul Magliore has played a plethora of positions.
There's no question about Magliore's athleticism. He committed to Appalachian State as a quarterback, where he played during his first collegiate season. He was then moved to running back, but converted to safety after transferring to Arizona Western Junior College. He began his career as a safety at Arizona, but eventually settled in as a linebacker.

5. Richie Brown put up some impressive numbers.
In each of his final two seasons at Mississippi State, Brown recorded at least 100 tackles. The linebacker picked up 109 tackles in 2015 before finishing with 102 this past season. Brown recorded 10 sacks during his career, 6.5 of which came during the 2015 season, and also had five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

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