The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will add a handful of new players to the roster in the 2019 NFL Draft, now exactly three weeks away, but it won't be their first transaction of the month. On Thursday, the Buccaneers added depth to their defensive line, signing first-year defensive tackle Nick Thurman.
Thurman played his college ball at Houston and then stuck around for the start of his professional career, signing as an undrafted free agent last spring with the Houston Texans. He joins a Buccaneer defensive tackle group that includes Gerald McCoy, Vita Vea and Beau Allen as well as Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Jeremiah Ledbetter and Stevie Tu'ikolovatu.
Thurman went to camp with the Texans last summer and played in all four preseason games, contributing a total of 11 tackles. He was waived in the final round of cuts, however, and did not subsequently join another team in 2018.
The 6-4, 293-pound Thurman played four seasons for the Houston Cougars, appearing in 34 games and recording 93 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2017 he set a career high with 32 stops and tallied 2.0 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.