Who’s next? Johnny Manziel? OK, that’s not going to happen. As far as Manziel’s former Texas A&M teammates go, though, the Buccaneers can’t seem to get enough of them.
They added two more on Tuesday when they signed wide receiver Derel Walker away from the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and guard Jarvis Harrison off the street.
Like Mike Evans, the A&M product the Bucs drafted in the first round in 2013, these two could stick around for a while.
The 6-foot-2 Walker (shown above at A & M) won’t fill the Bucs need for speed. He went undrafted out of college and wound up in the CFL in part because he ran a 4.65 40-yard dash at the 2013 Scouting Combine.
There’s reason to believe, though, that he could once again prove to be a decent complement to Evans. After all, he ranked second overall in the CFL last year with 109 catches for 1,589 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Harrison, meanwhile, is a former fifth-round pick of the Jets who was one of the more intriguing interior line prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft class.
Coming out of college two years ago he drew some comparisons to former Cowboys Nate Newton and, dare we say it, former Bucs free agent Carl Nicks, for his massive size but Demar Dotson might be a better comparison.
A basketball player and track and field participant in high school, Harrison didn’t start playing football until he was a junior but by his second year in college he was the Aggies starting left guard.
As you might expect of a former basketball player, scouts loved his athleticism, his versatility (he played a little tackle at A&M, too) and his power, some even rating him as a second-round talent.
What they didn’t like was his lack of consistency. Harrison is one of those guys who teases you with his skill set but tends to come up a bit short in the want-to department.
Who knows, maybe the fact that he got dumped by the Jets will wake him up. The Bucs sure hope so. They feel pretty good about their O-line (better than a lot of fans), but upgrades are needed.
Dotson is starting to get on in years and if J.R. Sweezy never makes it back, the Bucs could eventually move Kevin Pamphile to right tackle and possibly insert Harrison at left guard.