Bucs Add A Ballhawk

May 3rd, 2015


Joe doesn’t get all hot in the pants for undrafted free agents, as many fans do. These guys have a slim shot to earn a roster spot.

But there’s always an intriguing prospect or two in the bunch.

The Bucs’ official signings will be released later, but for now Joe has an eye on East Texan (always a favorite of Lovie Smith) Chris Hackett, an all-Big-12 safety from Texas Christian University who had seven interceptions last season.

Many draft gurus had Hackett pegged as a third- or fourth-round talent, but it’s suspected he fell far in the draft because of his questionable speed. Hackett is known for being a very smart, instinctive player, a coach’s dream type of dude.

Lovie loves turnovers and Texans, so Hackett certainly could offer some serious competition for fourth-year man Keith Tandy.

But make no mistake, Hackett has a long road. Tandy is beloved by the regime for his special teams play.

17 Responses to “Bucs Add A Ballhawk”

  1. drdneast Says:

    What were his times since your brought the question of speed up.
    remember when we drafted that snail of CB from U of F who had offensive lineman speed. When I heard what his times were I almost vomited,

  2. Gator N Bucs Says:

    Not so sure that I am digging picks 5,6, and 7

  3. Hawk Says:

    According to 247Sports, he runs a 4.60/40. He looks like a ‘between-the-hashes’ type of player. He definitely is a sure tackler… at the college level. It is always a gamble as to whether that carries over to the bigger/faster guys in the NFL.

  4. Pa Privateer Says:

    Cody Grimm wasn’t seen as a very fast prospect but his instincts, game play and tackling more than made up for that. Sometimes game speed and instincts are more helpful then straight line speed.

  5. Pa Privateer Says:

    UNOFFICIAL of course

    Ryan Delaire DL Towson
    Josh Keyes LB Boston College
    Michael Reynolds DE Kansas
    Quinton Alston LB Iowa
    Rannell Hall WR UCF
    Chris Hackett SAF TCU
    Donteea Dye WR Heidelberg
    Caushaud Lyons DL Tusculum
    Dominique Brown RB Louisville
    Quayshawne Buckley DT Idaho

  6. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    There are a ton of ufa this year that will make teams. this kid knows his stuff. i like it

  7. brandonbucsfan Says:

    Delaire was the top rated undrafted DE by Gil Brandt. Was projected as a 6th or 7th rounder. WHO KNOWS..maybe we got a DE in the draft after all!

  8. Stanglassman Says:

    Joes Why did you take down my post on the presumed FA rookie signings @6am this morning? We’ve posted them on here every year. I see them up now.

  9. Architek Says:

    Even if he doesn’t make the active roster he can develop and learn the scheme. This use to be a common practice when the Bucs were respectable.

  10. VeeJay Says:

    I like Ryan Delaire and Quayshawne Buckley. Delaire is a carbon copy of Jack Smith. Nice guy to develop. Buckley is an athletic DT who is a penetrator; another nice guy to develop. Very important to have depth along that DL.

  11. Newbucsfan Says:

    Who picked up Gerrod Holliman?

  12. unbelievable Says:

    I really like Delair and Buckley too, as well as Ranell Hall. Not a total burner, but tough as nails with decent speed and hands. Used to be a track star.

  13. DFW_BucFan Says:

    Hackett’s a great pick up. I am a huge TCU fan, he plays with heart and has great instincts at get into position to undercut throws. I hope he does well in Tampa.

  14. Arealbucsfan Says:

    Instead if this guy. We shouldve picked up Anthony Harris. Better player IMO

  15. Owlykat Says:

    Don’t forget as you describe Hackett the very same was said about Rhonde Barber back in the day. If Hackett turns out to be a young Rhonde Barber I will be thrilled. We still need to pick up some decent veterans when they are salary cap casualties, and we get first choice for awhile. I believe Smith has road grader strength but is not athletic enough to be great in the NFL in pass protection. They best cross train him at RG too because I feel that is where he is best suited. They need to leave our present LT there to compete with Smith because he was good there last year and kept improving. Pick up a veteran right end and and let he and Pampile and our Small College last 2d pick this year compete for it and train small college for backup Center too. Cut the inept Brownie pet of our OL Coach, WarFLOP!

  16. Brandon Says:

    Hackett is not slow, he is extremely slow and plays slow. He didn’t run a 4.60 as somebody was claiming, it was a 4.81 at the Combine and then went to his Pro Day, where the hand times are notorious for being much better, and way off, was a very mediocre 4.68. This guy is slow… too slow for the NFL. On his tape he plays slow and then when he’s run all he has done is confirm it.

  17. SteveK Says:

    Good news is we are #1 waiver priority, all year baby!

    I am certain we will bolster our roster when other times start making cuts.