Donovan Cotton enters his ninth season with the Buccaneers and his eighth as an area scout, after spending the 2014 season as a scouting assistant.
In Cotton's current role, he is responsible for evaluating colleges in the Southwest portion of the country. As a scouting assistant, Cotton assisted in player evaluations, organizing and executing free agent workouts and helping in draft preparations.
Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Cotton worked as a player personnel scouting intern for the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, tracking depth charts, completing player reports and monitoring the waiver wire, among other duties. He got his start in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers in 2011, working as a training camp scouting intern.
Cotton played football collegiately at Norfolk State and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Entrepreneurship in 2011. Donovan and his wife Frankie reside in Tampa, along with their daughter Sienna and son Quincy.