It’s almost that time again as we are getting closer to the start of training camp which means real football is on the horizon. Every team will start the process of finalizing their final roster down to 53 players as intense camp battles will start in about two weeks. Usually good competition brings out the best in players, helping them get better and making the team improve overall. In addition, there is always that one or two players that come out of nowhere and surprise by making the final 53. The Bucs have had their share recently with guys like Adam Humphries, Cam Brate, Leonard Wester, Jack Smith, Devonte Lambert, Channing Ward, and Peyton Barber. It seems like the Bucs have had there fair share of undrafted talent that has made the roster over the last few years and that is a testament to Jason Licht and company.
One player that could be that guy this year is former Purdue DE Evan Panfil who stands at 6’4 280lbs and has ability as a pass rusher. Panfil was brought in for a tryout during the Bucs rookie minicamp and left with a contract to have a chance at making the roster this fall. Now you think a player with that kind of size would be balanced when it comes to stopping the run and getting after the passer but that’s not the case according to PFF.
- Known mostly for his pass rushing ability, Panfil tallied 30 total QB pressures last season for the Boilermakers.
- Panfil graded better in pass rushing with a grade of 74.6, but struggled in run defense with a grade of 41.3.
Well you can never have enough guys that can rush the passer as it is critical for your team to be able to put pressure on the Qb. Panfil is no nonsense type player as he is full go every snap and has his motor always turned on which is something you can’t coach. This makes Panfil easy to cheer for and will be someone that I will be watching closely during camp and on hard knocks. Only problem is that there will be so much competition at his position as he will be competing for that 5 DE/DT spot. So for Panfil it is going to be a tall mountain to climb, but on tape he shows plenty of ability it is just going to come down to how quickly he can adjust and rise up to the occasion. The good news for Panfil is that he has position versatility as he can play inside or outside and possesses pass rush ability which makes him a more valuable asset. Can Evan Panfil be that next undrafted free agent that makes this Buccaneers roster or is the mountain to tall for him to conquer? Feel free to leave your thoughts below in the comments or tell us on twitter @realbucstalk. Go Bucs!