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Tampa Bay Inks a Deal With Deveron Carr

After finishing dead last in pass defense last season, the Tampa Bay hopes that Deveron Carr can turn his speed into a valuable asset in the Buccaneers' secondary.

Deveron Carr hopes his skills can help him earn a job with the Buccaneers.
Deveron Carr hopes his skills can help him earn a job with the Buccaneers.
Ethan Miller

Brandon Magee wasn't the only Sun Devil to get a sweet chunk of change as an undrafted free agent. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rewarded Arizona State cornerback Deveron Carr with a $15,000 signing bonus and guaranteed him $5,000 to try his hand in their defensive backfield.

College Career: As a local product out of Chaparral High School, Deveron Carr earned significant playing time throughout his career at Arizona State.

After showing the coaching staff he deserved a chance to play during his freshman season, Carr stepped up and earned a starting role as a sophomore.

The speedy corner started all five games he played in during the 2010 campaign, but a season-ending injury brought his year to a close.

In 2011, Carr returned to start every game as the boundary corner. His 10 pass break ups led the team and his success carried over to 2012.

In his senior season, Carr returned as the starting boundary corner and helped the Arizona State secondary ascend to become the third best pass defense in the country. Carr's efforts helped him gain recognition as an All Pac-12 honorable mention defender.

Skill Set: Carr played the boundary corner position for Arizona State because of his top-notch speed. With a 4.37 mark in the 40-yard dash, the Buccaneers know that Carr can keep up with NFL receivers trying to beat a defense over the top.

One of Carr's biggest advantages is his body type as he looks and runs like a prototypical corner back. However, Carr will have to work with the Bucs coaching staff to mold himself into a better cover corner.

During his time at Arizona State, Carr struggled to hang with some of the elite receivers he faced, which is due in part to his raw technique. With such blazing speed, Carr did not have to focus as much as his fellow corners on reading receivers' movements because he knew he could catch up anyway.

After making major strides under the tutelage of Todd Graham, Carr proved he deserves a chance at shutting down NFL opponents.

Why He Fits: The Buccaneers finished last in the NFL in passing defense last year as they allowed nearly 300 yards per game through the air.

With the defensive backfield being a priority, the Bucs used their first selection of the draft on Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks. Tampa Bay hopes to pair him with newly acquired Darrelle Revis, but Revis' injury history suggests that still question marks still exist.

Banks lacks elite speed, so the Bucs decided to take a flier on Carr in hopes that he can pan out and provide immediate depth. If given the opportunity to grow under knowledgeable coaches, Carr can definitely help the Buccaneers.