The Buccaneers selected Stone High’s Justin Evans in the second round of last month’s NFL draft.
Evans and Brown wasted zero time impressing at the Buccaneers’ recent rookie mini-camp, which is designed to get the new additions acclimated to their new team, and could land roles as rookies with Tampa Bay.
“He brings range,” Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter told Buccaneers.com of Evans after Saturday’s practice.
Evans, who is the highest draft pick to ever come through Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, told Buccaneers.com’s Casey Phillips he had a hunch Tampa Bay might select him 50th overall.
Evans worked mostly at free safety with the Buccaneers, but ultimately he doesn’t care where he plays as long as he sees the field.
Brown, who was one of three undrafted linebackers signed by Tampa Bay, flashed his hands at the team’s mini-camp, making a highlight reel-worthy grab on a batted ball over the middle.
The play might remind Bulldog fans of Brown’s collegiate career at Mississippi State, where he totaled 299 total tackles with 12 passes defended and five interceptions.
Mississippi State, former Long Beach LB Richie Brown celebrate 55-20 win over Ole Miss in Egg Bowl.
Fans may get a special behind-the-scenes look at Evans and Brown this season as the Buccaneers will be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” documentary series.
Should Evans and Brown both stick with Tampa Bay as a second round pick, Evans is all but guaranteed a roster spot, whereas Brown has work to do as an undrafted free agent Coast fans will get a chance to wear their new jerseys to the Superdome.