From walk-on to NFL: Bucs sign FSU DB Javien Elliott
Javien Elliott, who earned a scholarship last year as a walk-on defensive back at Florida State, has been signed by the Bucs as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Elliott, 5-foot-10 and 184 pounds, had 37 tackles last season, with four tackles for loss and an interception. The Bucs had an opening on their roster after safety John Lowdermilk, signed two weeks earlier, was placed on the reserve-retired list Tuesday.
Elliott caught the eye of Bucs general manager Jason Licht at FSU's pro day -- he ran the 40 fast enough to be timed at 4.41 seconds, and his agent said Licht made a point to walk over and say he was impressed by his 40 time.
The Bucs already have two undrafted rookie safeties on roster in Notre Dame's Elijah Shumate (who got a $13,000 signing bonus) and South Carolina's Isaiah Johnson (who worked under Bucs secondary coach Jon Hoke with the Gamecocks), so Elliott will have tough odds to make the Bucs' final cut. But it's a good story for the summer -- the Bucs are back at OTA practice on Thursday.