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Bucs' new defensive lineman could be interesting pickup

This time of year, NFL rosters are relative revolving doors.

So, the signing of Carlton Powell by the Bucs on Tuesday was met with a yawn. But don't forget this was a player who once was held in pretty high regard, drafted in the fifth round in 2008 out of Virginia Tech.

So, what happened to cause his precipitous fall that had him on two different practice squads last season?

For one, he sustained an Achilles tendon injury as a rookie and missed the whole season. The injury occurred even before training camp, so Denver never had a chance to even determine what they had in their new draft pick. Following that setback, he bounced to the Browns' practice squad in 2009 and then back to the Broncos' practice squad later in the season.

But the Bucs apparently see something in him. And it's interesting that the team is calling him a defensive end despite his large stature. Powell is listed at 6-3 and 300 pounds. Perhaps the Bucs think he has versatility.

At Virginia Tech, he was considered a standout, starting 32 games. As a senior, he had 39 tackles and 3.5 sacks while playing on the interior of the line as a defensive tackle. If he makes an impression here, look for Powell to make it to training camp where he'll have to fight for a roster spot.

The Bucs have some recent history of bringing in defensive linemen off the street who eventually make the team. Stylez White, Michael Bennett and Tim Crowder immediately come to mind.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:01pm]


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