"It's great," said Mahan. "All along I was kind of hoping for the Buccaneers. It's a great organization with a great coach and a lot of success. I'm just happy to be apart of it. "
The 6-foot-3, 301-pound Mahan was a two-year starter and played primarily at left guard for the Fighting Irish. He's regarded as a tough, intense player with impressive foot speed. Mahan, who's better suited as a run blocker than a pass protector, used his strong upper body to out-muscle defenders and create rush lanes for Notre Dame.
"I think I'm just a smart player with great physical attributes," said Mahan. "I am always cool under pressure. I'd say my strong points are my athletic ability and football smarts."
Mahan was an All-Independent first-team selection by the NFL Draft Report in his senior year, and he's looking forward to working with Bucs offensive line coach Bill Muir.
"He's a great guy," Mahan said of Muir. "I met him at the combine and he came to our pro day at Notre Dame. He seemed to know a lot about football and seemed to be a great coach."