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Buccaneers, Ali Marpet Agree to Terms

The Bucs are ready for training camp with all seven of their 2015 draft picks under contract after Wednesday's deal with second-round G Ali Marpet.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers now have their entire 2015 draft class under contract.

On Wednesday evening, rookie guard Ali Marpet agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the team. Marpet was the last of the Buccaneers' seven draft picks to get a deal done, though that distinction is less relevant since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement instituted a regimented rookie pay scale.

The 6-4, 307-pound Marpet was the second of two second-round draft picks made by the Buccaneers'last month, both aimed at the offensive line. Tampa Bay picked Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith with the 34th overall pick, then traded up to get Marpet at #61. Both Smith and Marpet are considered front-runners to start on a revamped Buccaneers' offensive line in 2015.

Unsigned draft picks are allowed to work out with their teams during the offseason training program. However, they may not report to training camp until they have officially signed their first NFL contracts. The Buccaneers have not had a rookie holdout of any significance since Trent Dilfer in 1994, and such impasses are quite uncommon since 2011.

The Buccaneers swapped fourth-round picks with Indianapolis in order to move up four spots and make sure Marpet didn't get away. Tampa Bay sent pick #109 to the Colts in exchance for #128 in the swap.

Marpet was a notable pick not only due to the Bucs' trade but also because of his small-school originns. He played his college ball at Hobart, a Division III school in the Liberty League, located in Geneva, New York. A dominant performer at that level, Marpet started for three seasons at left tackle, earning first-team all-league honors each year and sharing the Offensive Player of the Year Award in 2014. As a senior, he played the entire season without allowing a single sack.

Marpet was the first Division III player selected among the top 100 players in an NFL draft since 1990, when the Seattle Seahawks took Ferrum College's Chris Warren at #84 overall. Warren went on to a very successful NFL career, most of it Seattle, finishing with nearly 8,000 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns, as well as three Pro Bowl berths.

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