Kwon Alexander's stock soaring for Buccaneers

Bucs fourth-round pick Kwon Alexander has worked his way into a starting spot at middle linebacker. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers concluded training camp Saturday. Let's take a look at whose stock is on the rise and whose stock is falling.


Kwon Alexander: The fourth-round draft pick has been the most pleasant surprise of training camp. Originally scheduled to be a backup and special teams player, Alexander has used his athleticism to land the starting job at middle linebacker. He'll be in the starting lineup on opening day.

Ali Marpet: There was skepticism that Marpet instantly could make the jump from Division III Hobart to starting in the NFL. But Marpet has wiped out that doubt. He has been holding his own against All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in practice and is ticketed to be the starting right guard.

D.J. Swearinger: A second-round draft pick by the Houston Texans in 2013, Swearinger never really hit his stride there. But he has a fresh start with the Bucs and has shown signs he can be a playmaker. He seems to have won the starting job at strong safety.


Bruce Carter: He was brought in to be the starting middle linebacker. He hasn't disappointed, but Alexander clearly has outperformed him. That has prompted the Bucs to move Carter to the strong side. He'll compete with Danny Lansanah for the starting job.

Chris Conte: He has history with Lovie Smith, but he is on the roster bubble. Conte has been out with a hamstring injury since the first day of training camp. Swearinger, Bradley McDougald, Major Wright and Keith Tandy have moved ahead of Conte on the depth chart and he might have a difficult time making the roster.

Tim Wright: The tight end was claimed off waivers and that started a lot of hype. But Wright hasn't made many plays in training camp and he's going to have a tough time making the roster with Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers and Luke Stocker ahead of him on the depth chart.