Because the NFL Draft rolled on by way of the third and fourth rounds, there was one title specifically on the high of the Bucs’ board that gave the impression to be falling. Little did they know, he would fall proper into their lap. After buying and selling a future fourth-round decide to Jacksonville, the workforce moved again into the draft and chosen Sam Houston cornerback Zyon McCollum with the decide No. 157.
The athletic cornerback was the speak of the NFL Mix, placing up testing scores that had by no means been seen within the historical past of annual occasion. His measurement (6-foot-2), velocity (4.33 40-yard sprint) and athleticism are a uncommon mix, even for the cornerback place. McCollum got here into offseason work hungry and able to study. He impressed throughout OTAs and mini-camp, and has constructed upon that by way of the primary few days of coaching camp.
“We’re placing so much in proper now, so clearly he’s going to must be studying for the subsequent two weeks,” Bucs head coach Todd Bowles mentioned. “However his athleticism, his velocity and his intelligence are there. It’s simply him getting used to the system.”
Rapidly Catching The Eye Of Teammates
McCollum has had peaks and valleys in camp to date. He’s put himself in good place to make performs on the ball, however has additionally been crushed a number of occasions by the league’s deepest receiving corps. He’s studying on a regular basis as he works his manner up by way of the ranks. These intangibles haven’t simply caught the eyes of the teaching employees, but in addition his Bucs teammates’ as effectively. He has particularly stood out to veterans Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean.
“Zyon is a superb match for our protection,” Davis mentioned. “He’s studying, however he got here in actually superior, even from the faculty he got here from. He’s a rookie that’s working his manner up. Working his manner up the ranks and he’s going to have a shiny future.”
Dean shares an identical view and is wanting ahead to what the rookie can do on the sphere when the common season rolls round.
“He’s regarded fairly good,” Dean mentioned. “He got here in sturdy and is having an ideal camp proper now. So, I’m simply wanting ahead to see what he can do within the season.”
Extra Work To Do For Bucs’ Fifth-Spherical Decide
Even by way of the reward McCollum has acquired, he’s stayed grounded and centered on what he must do.
“It makes me really feel good in fact, however there’s nonetheless a number of work to go,” McCollum mentioned. “We haven’t performed in any video games but, so to listen to that makes me really feel good. I’m going to proceed to maintain doing what I’ve been doing, however on the finish of the day, I’ve bought to get ready for sport day. And that’s what my primary focus is on.”
There are excessive hopes for the rookie cornerback and the upside he possesses. If he can proceed to construct on what he’s discovered every day in apply, there shall be a spot for him on gameday and the Bucs’ 53-man roster.