Two weeks ago they were drafted. Over the weekend they participated in a rookie minicamp. Now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' two seventh-round draft picks have signed.
The club announced Utah State running back Michael Smith and Northwestern tight end Drake Dunsmore have each signed four-year deals.
Smith split time in the Aggies backfield with running back Robert Turbin, who was a fourth round pick by the Seattle Seahawks. Smith has legitimate 4.3 speed in the 40-yard dash and is expected to be utilized as a third down back behind Boise State rookie Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount.
"He is fast,'' coach Greg Schiano said of Smith. "And explosive. You see it out here, but when you watch the video, you really see it."
Dunsmore was the Wildcats' second-leading receiver as a senior and had 14 career touchdown receptions. He will be competing for the third tight end spot behind Kellen Winslow and Luke Stocker.
With the signing of Smith and Dunsmore, the Bucs have five draft picks who are not under contract. But with the rookie salary cap under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, signings could be fast and furious.