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Fifth round/143rd overall pick

Position: Guard

College: Tennessee State

Ht./Wt.: 6-4/313

Personal: Born Jan. 24, 1991, and resides in Sanford. ... Four-year starter at left guard and has a strong lower body. ... Powerful run blocker with surprising balance for his size. ... Needs to work on his technique but is considered coachable. ... Earned academic honors from the Ohio Valley Conference in each of the past three seasons.

Noteworthy: Led Sanford Seminole High to a 2008 state championship. ... Led the OVC with 126 knockdowns and 14 TD-resulting blocks as a senior. ... First Tiger to suit up for the Senior Bowl since CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in 2008.

Quotable: “I finally know where my destination is. I’ll be back home with my family. It was overwhelming.’’ — Edwards on his reaction to Saturday’s phone call from the Bucs.


Fifth round/149th overall

Position: Offensive tackle

College: Purdue

Ht./Wt.: 6-5/315

Personal: Born on Nov. 27, 1990, and grew up in Miami. ... Outstanding basketball player at Miami Central High, averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds as a senior, when he also played on the defensive line and registered 12 sacks.

Noteworthy: Had an impressive Pro Day that may have sparked his ascent up draft boards, running a 4.92, with a 32-inch vertical leap and 9-ft broad jump. Also benched 225 pounds 25 times. ... A foot injury limited him to six games in 2010. ... Nickname is “Big Kev.’’

Quotable: “Visiting the Bucs, I felt at home. I loved the coaches. I really enjoyed the meeting we had. I had a feeling it would be them.’’ — Pamphile


Sixth round/185th overall

Position: Wide receiver

College: Wyoming

Ht./Wt.: 5-9/193

Personal: Lettered as a sprinter in track his final two years at Dorsey High in Los Angeles, qualifying for the state meet in four events. ... Posted a career-high 72 receptions as a senior and was invited to the Senior Bowl. ... Patterns his game on former Panthers standout Steve Smith.

Noteworthy: Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Herron boasts 4.1 speed. ... Averaged 21.2 yards per catch in 2012 after bulking up to 187 pounds. ... Could also contribute in the return game.

Quotable: “Robert gives us a different dimension.’’ — Lovie Smith

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