Friday, May 10, 2019
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
MAVIN Saunders will continue his journey to professional football with another opportunity to make his mark with an NFL franchise.
Saunders has received an invitation from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for rookie minicamp tryout as an undrafted free agent.
The former Kansas Jayhawk tight end is one of 26 undrafted free agents invited to the Bus rookie minicamp thus far.
The two day event begins today and concludes tomorrow. It gives the organisation and fanbase their first look at the new draft class, headed by No.5 pick, linebacker Devin White and opportunities for players like Saunders.
After going undrafted, Saunders participated in minicamp with the Cleveland Browns last week and also received an invite from the Houston Texans.
The 6’6”, 258-pound tight end said he looks to make the most of each opportunity to showcase his skillset for NFL franchises.
Saunders’ preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft took him across the United States to bowl games and showcases as he looked to increase his stock at the professional level.
Saunders participated in the College Gridiron Showcase Symposium and the SPIRAL Tropical Bowl.
Following his sessions at both events, he interviewed with the Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers. During his lone season at KU, The 6’6”, 258-pound tight end played in nine games, and caught four receptions for 32 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown.
Saunders spent his first four seasons at Florida State before graduating and transferring to Kansas.
Prior to his final collegiate season, Saunders was named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award - doled out to the top tight end in all of collegiate football.