The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have claimed S Matt O’Hanlon off of waivers from the Carolina Panthers. O’Hanlon originally signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska on April 30. During his four-year collegiate career with the Cornhuskers, O’Hanlon played in 51 games, totaled 132 tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, seven interceptions and 10 passes defensed. His six interceptions as a senior were the most by a Husker since 2003.
The Buccaneers did not need to release a player in order to add O’Hanlon to the roster. Last Friday, the team signed two of its 2010 draft picks while also trimming three from the roster, with one of the aforementioned players being backup safety Emanuel Cook, the team decided to add another young safety with potential upside.
According to NFL Draft Scout, O’Hanlon was ranked as the 13th best strong safety prospect heading into the 2010 draft. O’Hanlon doesn’t have great straight line speed evident by his 4.64 forty time, but he does posses above average functional playing speed and solid change of direction skills to go along with above average hands.