Bucs Come to Terms with 6th Round Pick Geno Hayes

The Tampa Tribune is reporting that the Bucs have come to terms with 6th round pick –  LB Geno Hayes. Terms of the deal were not released. Hayes was selected 175th overall back in April. He had 156 tackles, eight sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in three seasons at Florida State.  Here is a quick overview on Hayes from NFL.com:

A versatile linebacker, Hayes has experience at both inside and outside positions, even though he started strictly on the weak -side during his time with the Seminoles. As a junior, he helped lead an aggressive defensive front seven that saw FSU rank 22nd in the nation in rush defense (116.62 ypg) and eighth in tackles for losses (7.92 pg). Hayes’ 17.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

At Madison County High School, Hayes was rated the third-best linebacker in the country according to Tom Lemming of ESPN.com. He was a four-star player by Rivals.com, as that service also rated him the nation’s third-best outside linebacker and the fifth-best overall prospect in the state of Florida. He added second-team-All USA Today All-American honors and was a first-team choice by Parade Magazine.

Hayes played in the Cali-Florida All-Star game, where he tackled a California player on the last play of the game to help lead the Florida team to victory, posting six tackles with three stops for losses in that contest. As a senior, he had 124 tackles with 27 for losses and 11 sacks. He posted 130 tackles, 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage, 19 sacks and three interceptions as a junior.

Hayes chose Florida State over scholarship offers from Tennessee and Clemson, appearing in 12 games as a reserve outside linebacker in 2005. He saw action mostly behind Ernie Sims at strong-side linebacker and on special teams, where he recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown. He also made 17 tackles (13 solos), recovered a fumble and broke up one pass.

In 2006, Hayes took over weak-side outside linebacker chores, starting nine of 10 games he played in. He sat out the Boston College, Maryland and Virginia clashes after suffering a right knee medial collateral ligament sprain vs. Duke. He still managed to rank fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 12 stops for losses, finishing fifth on the team with 59 tackles (31 solos), including three sacks. He also picked off a pass and deflected three others.

As a junior, Hayes garnered All-American honorable mention and All-ACC recognition. He was originally scheduled to take over middle linebacker chores, but started 12 times at his familiar weak-side linebacker slot. He ranked second on the squad with 80 tackles (49 solos), adding five sacks and ranking second in the league with 17.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused two fumbles, returned an interception for a touchdown and broke up three passes.


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