The Bucs have successfully built their roster in a number of ways, and one of them is by speed.
From adding a track star like Cyril Grayson Jr. to finding the small school blazers that run 4.3’s like Scotty Miller and Jaelon Darden, the Bucs know what they’re looking for.
Even on defense, they’ve taken players that could double as Olympic sprinters. Cornerback Jamel Dean was one of the fastest at his position in the 2019 draft class.
They continued that this year, drafting Zyon McCollum in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. He ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash as well.
So, who is the fastest player on the Bucs? We asked Grayson that question on the Pewter Report Podcast and his answer was a little surprising.
“It’s a bunch at the top that are really fast,” Grayson said. “Rashard Robinson might be the fastest one on the team. Might be the fastest one. Really fast, you see him running across the field catching people sometimes.”
Robinson also went to LSU like Grayson did. He played for three different teams before signing with the Bucs last year.
Robinson played in seven games for Tampa Bay in 2021, recording seven tackles while spending most of the season on the practice squad. He signed a futures contract with the Bucs in 2022.
We also asked Grayson to rank the top five fastest players. And while he didn’t give a definitive answer, he listed out a lot of candidates.
“You have Jamel Dean, who would probably be a part of the 4×1 [track meet] as well,” Grayson said. “And then you have me, Scotty, Vyncint [Smith], Breshad [Perriman] and then, damn, you got Mike [Evans] and Chris [Godwin]. I don’t know, I can’t even put it in a good order.”