Buccaneers sign three draft picks, claims two more players off waiver wire
(BTLS Staff) TAMPA, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made several roster moves on Tuesday.
The National Football League team signed three draft picks and picked up two players on waivers. According to a Buc’s release fourth-round pick Kwon Alexander, fifth-round selection Kenny Bell and seventh-round pick Joey Iosefa agreed to terms.
Safety D.J. Swearinger was claimed after the Houston Texans placed him on waivers. Tampa Bay also scooped up linebacker Khaseem Greene after the Chicago Bears cut him loose.
Alexander, a 6’1” 227-pound linebacker from Louisiana State University, was selected with the 124th pick overall in the April draft. He started 23 of 32 games for the Tigers and finished his career with 156 tackles – 15 for loss – six passes defended, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 1 ½ sacks.
In 2014 Alexander led LSU in tackles, earning all Southeastern Conference honors from ESPN.com and second-team honors from the Associated Press.
Bell, a 6’1”, 197-pound wide receiver from the University of Nebraska, was selected by Tampa Bay with the draft’s 162nd overall pick. He started 49 of 53 games he played for the Cornhuskers, catching 181 passes for 2,689 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Iosefa, a 6′, 247-pound running back out of the University of Hawaii, was tabbed with the 247th pick. He started 29 of 32 games, rushing 512 times for 2,218 yards – a 4.3 per-yards-per-carry average. Iosefa accumulated 21 touchdowns and hauled in 60 passes for 438 yards.
As a senior with the Rainbow Warriors he led the team with eight rushing Tds. The American Samoa native was born in Pago Pago and attended Fagu’itua High School.
Swearinger, 5’10”, 208 pounds, originally entered the league as a second-round selection – 57th overall – by Houston. He has played in all of the Texans 32 games the past two seasons. He is a University of South Carolina product.
Greene, 6’1”, 241 pounds, was drafted by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. In two seasons with the Bears, Greene played in 26 games – he started six – totaling 38 tackles, one pass defended, one forced fumble and one interception.
Tampa Bay also waived safety M.D. Jennings.