Meet Josh Johnson
QuarterbackSan Diego, 6-3, 198Round 5, 160
Dominated the competition at I-AA San Diego, which doesn't offer scholarships. … Passed for 9,699 yards with 113 touchdowns. … As a senior, threw 43 touchdowns and one interception. … Named most valuable player of the East-West Shrine game.
The Bucs have the luxury of developing Johnson for the future. He won't play right away, but he also won't be confused by the lengthy terminology of the West Coast offense, having played in a similar system under former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh. Johnson has the arm and athletic ability to be an NFL starter.
Meet Geno Hayes
LinebackerFSU, 6-1, 226Round 6, 175th pick
Finished 2007 with 80 tackles, second-most for FSU, and his career with 156 in 35 games (21 starts). … Scored two touchdowns, on a punt block and 38-yard interception return. … Played same position and wore same number as former Seminole Derrick Brooks.
His stock was hurt dramatically by character concerns stemming from a nightclub altercation with police that resulted in three charges. Hayes met the terms of a pretrial diversion program this year to resolve the matter. Linebacker is, arguably, the Bucs' deepest unit. But Hayes could make the team through special teams.
Meet Cory Boyd
Running backS.C., 6-1, 213Round 7, 238th pick
Racked up 2,267 yards rushing and 1,303 receiving, joining Stanley Pritchett as the only Gamecocks to surpass 1,000 in both. … Was a bright spot in a struggling offense, rushing for 17 touchdowns over his final two seasons.
Boyd is a physical, inside runner and solid receiver out of the backfield. Far from flashy, he doesn't have that high-end speed (4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash) but is hard to bring down. He bounced back from a one-year suspension in 2005 to start 24 consecutive games for coach Steve Spurrier. General manager Bruce Allen said he likes Boyd's production.