Bucs Have NFL's 3rd-Best Rookie FA Class

A look at the Buccaneers' complete rookie class.

The Buccaneers landed an incredibly talent group of rookies, picking up Vernon Hargreaves, Noah Spence and Roberto Aguayo in the first two rounds before adding Ryan Smith, Caleb Benenoch, Devante Bond and Dan Vitale in Rounds 4 through 6.

In a piece for ESPN, NFL analyst John Clayton rated the Buccaneers’ draft class as the NFL’s second best, right behind the Jacksonville Jaguars. But the Buccaneers have more than just those seven rookies; the team agreed to terms with 19 undrafted free agents shortly after the conclusion of the draft. That group, NFL Media’s Chad Reuter believes, is also highly talented.  

On Wednesday, Reuter rated the Buccaneers’ undrafted free agent class as the third-best in the NFL.

“A year from now, we'll all be asking why Peyton Barber wasn't drafted,” he wrote. “Dominique Robertson has the athleticism to be an NFL starter at tackle or guard, while fellow lineman Taylor Fallin could work his way into a swing-tackle role as a rookie. If the Bucs are looking to get younger a safety, Elijah Shumate and Isaiah Johnson should fight for a roster spot in camp.

"Luke Rhodes and Cassanova McKinzy are two of my favorite undrafted linebackers, and both could make the squad. Throw in receiving tight end Kivon Cartwright and tough hybrid Alan Cross, and the Bucs have some interesting talent on board.”

The Saints and Browns finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on the list. Those players Reuter listed, though, only account for half of the Bucs’ rookie free agent class. For a look at every player the team picked up following the conclusion of the draft, click HERE

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