Countdown to Cannons: Sleeper at End

With 20 days to go, we countdown the days until the Bucs' 1st preseason game, and discuss a different Bucs player at length every day.

It's a long shot for any undrafted free agent to make an NFL roster as a rookie. Rookies typically face an uphill battle, but to go undrafted means that hill is just a tad more steep.

So, why am I wasting time about an undrafted free agent with this story? Well, whn that player gets a little something extra...in terms of money...to sign with that team, he can almost be counted on as another late draft pick.

As the 2015 NFL Draft concluded, the Bucs, along with all 31 other NFL teams, got busy trying to sign undrafted free agents. Apparently, the Bucs top target was defensive end Ryan Delaire from Towson. The Bucs wanted Delaire so much that they gave him a $15,000 bonus just to sign with the team. That type of bonus is a high figure for an undrafted player.

The Buccaneers were one of 23 NFL teams present at Delaire's workout before the draft. Delaire was also invited to the combine. At his Pro Day workout, the 6'4'' 257 lbs defensive end ran between a 4.7 and 4.8 in the 40 yard dash and displayed excellent athleticism.

Delaire totaled 11 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2014.

It's still a long shot that Delaire makes the Bucs final roster out of training camp over names like Larry English, Lawrence Sidbury, and William Gholston, but Delaire's athleticism and ability to get to the quarterback is something the Bucs are desperate for. At the very least, Delaire should be an intriguing player to keep an eye on throughout the preseason.

21 Days: At the Center of O-Line

22 Days: Banks Breakout Year

23 Days: Wright the Wrong?

24 Days: Dotson's Contract Issue

25 Days: George Johnson's Return

26 Days: Special Teams Boost

27 Days: No More Gilkey Please

28 Days: Sims City

29 Days: Johnson's Goodbye?

30 Days: Melton's Impact

31 Days: Murray's Big Leg

32 Days: Bell Brings Speed to Bucs Offense

33 Days: Glennon in His Proper Role

34 Days: Murphy Bonding with Young Bucs

35 Days: Masifilo Will to Do Anything to Stay

36 Days: More Focus on Fatinikun

37 Days: Verner's Quiet But Productive

38 Days: Big Hitting Swearinger

39 Days: Stocker Emerges as Top Blocker

40 Days: The Ambassador of Kwon

41 Days: Competition for Koenen

42 Days: Kadeem Edwards' Growth is Key

43 Days: Vincent Jackson's Importance

44 Days: Jacquies is Underrated

45 Days: McDonald Believes Bucs D is Close

46 Days: Questions on the Blindside

47 Days: Carter Is the Defense's Glue

48 Days: Tandy's Versatility Keeps Him Around

49 Days: Gholston's Year to Reach Potential

50 Days: Conte Brings Experience to Bucs Defense

51 Days: James in Short Yardage

52 Days: Mike Jenkins' Return from Injury

53 Days: Logan Mankins' Impact

54 Days: Lavonte David's a Star


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