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Jevan Snead's early draft entry comes under scrutiny



Former Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead signed with the Bucs this week as an undrafted free agent, and it has left many wondering what he was thinking when he declared for the draft early.

Though he had another year of eligibility, Snead declared for the draft after a rocky season under center for the Rebels. He was projected to be a late-round pick, but the quarterback class this year saw many prospects fall, such as Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen and Central Mighican's Dan LeFevour.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. is just one of many people who have wondered about Snead's decision. In his post-draft wrap-up with reporters, Kiper reiterated his thoughts.

"I thought there was a chance that he would not (get drafted)," Kiper said. "He was rated as a late-rounder and when you're a late-round possibility just on a rating there's (a chance). . . Snead had a sixth, seventh round grade. You look at this past year, 54 percent was his completion percentage; 20 touchdown passes, 20 interceptions, 39 interceptions over the last two years. Even when he played well two years ago, those last five or six games, he was only a 56 percent on the year with 19 interceptions.

"He needed another year. (With) the bad decisions, the inconsistency, that's something he needed -- another year at Ole Miss. I understand (Dexter) McCluster was going to be gone and I know from last year he lost Mike Wallace and Michael Oher, your offensive tackle and your top receiver. With all that said, you can't come out when you're projected to be a late-round pick because you could go undrafted."

Snead will compete for the Bucs' third quarterback spot beginning with this weekend's rookie minicamp and One Buc Place. His chief competition will be Rudy Carpenter, who joined the Bucs late last season.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:00pm]


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