The Hidden GemAugust 1st, 2013
In every NFL training camp, there is a player that often flies under the radar of fans but excites the organization. For the Bucs, that may just be cornerback Rashaan Melvin.
A product of Northern Illinois, Melvin wasn’t invited to the combine and wasn’t drafted, despite his often-drool-inducing measurable, 6-2, 190 with a long reach.
Joe started hearing whispers from Bucs suits that Melvin was a guy Joe should monitor. The whispers grew louder as training camp approached. At a position of need which has already seen a fair degree of upheaval on the Bucs’ roster, Melvin may also be part of that come September, though it’s still a long way to go before the final 53 man roster is chosen.
Melvin seems to believe his less than high profile image has been good for his development.
“At the end of the day I still have to play ball,” Melvin said. “Not everybody gets invited to the combine and I used that to get extra, extra ready for my Pro Day, and I think it worked out the best for me.”
Melvin came into camp with an attitude that coaches love.
“My expectations was to come in and learn,” Melvin said. “Obviously Darrelle Revis was here. The cornerback staff was here already. Come in and learn what they have and learn. It has worked out for me for the better.”
What Melvin said he has learned from Revis is “press technique. He is a man-cover guy. Just being patient at the line and being consistent and understand the release.”
He also remarked how being a professional player allows him more time to study the game.
In what may be a display of confidence from Bucs coaches, Melvin has played a fair share of snaps with the first- and second-team defenses, facing the first-team and second-team offenses.
“That really has allowed me to showcase my talent,” Melvin said.
As far as any peculiar rules Bucs coach Greg Schiano may have, Melvin just smiled.
“I don’t think [any] of the rules are strange.”