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Pamphile Inks First NFL Deal

Posted May 19, 2014

The Bucs are now halfway through the process of signing their draft picks after striking a four-year deal with T Kevin Pamphile...The fifth-rounder started 21 games at LT over the last two seasons at Purdue


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • T Kevin Pamphile agreed to a four-year deal, becoming the third of the Bucs' 2014 draft picks to sign
  • Tampa Bay has just three picks still to get under contract: Mike Evans, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Charles Sims
  • Pamphile started 21 games at left tackle for Purdue after converting to offense from the defensive line
Kevin Pamphile has been busy since he first arrived at One Buccaneer Place a week ago.  After joining the veterans on the field for Phase II offseason workouts last week, he slid right into rookie mini-camp over the weekend and now into his first Organized Team Activity Day (OTA) to start the new week.

Still, he found a little time to take care of some important paperwork.  On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they had signed Pamphile, a fifth-round pick in the previous weekend's NFL Draft, to a four-year deal.  The Purdue offensive tackle is the third 2014 draft pick to come to terms with the team in the last four days.

The Buccaneers began that process quickly, signing fifth-round guard Kadeem Edwards and sixth-round wide receiver Robert Herron last Friday.  With Pamphile now in the fold, the team is halfway done with the contract work for its newest draft class, still needing to reach deals with first-round wide receiver Mike Evans, second-round tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and third-round running back Charles Sims.  It is common for NFL teams to sign their picks in approximately reverse order of their draft rounds.

The Bucs grabbed Pamphile with the 149th overall pick in the draft, six spots after they selected Edwards.  The team started the day with just one pick in the fifth round but General Manager Jason Licht and Head Coach Lovie Smith were obviously not satisfied to get only one of those two linemen.  After choosing Edwards, Licht and Smith quickly swung a deal with Buffalo to get pick #149, trading a 2014 seventh-round pick and a 2015 fifth-round pick to the Bills.

Tampa Bay traded a 2014 seventh-round pick and a 2015 fifth-round pick in order to move into position to draft Purdue T Kevin Pamphile

Pamphile (6-5, 310) started 21 games at left tackle over the Boilermakers' last two seasons.  He has quick feet and is considered a strong pass-blocker but also has untapped potential due to relatively little experience on the offensive line.  He mostly played basketball at Miami Central High School and was a defensive lineman during his first season at Purdue.