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NFL Draft: Former Hawaii RB Joey Iosefa drafted by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The former Rainbow Warriors RB will join Jameis Winston in Tampa as members of the Buccaneers 2015 rookie class

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With the 231st pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa. Iosefa checks in at 6'0" and 247 pounds, but wasn't ranked among the top 30 RBs according to Mocking the Draft's position rankings.

Iosefa's career at UH was an up-and-down ride that could have been so much more. He played just one full season at Hawaii, with injuries and a suspension from a DUI arrest derailing his production. Despite this, he would finish with a career-high 617 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.

Scouts list Iosefa as a no-nonsense runner who prefers to rush between the tackles, and has size to deliver a lot of contact to opposing players rushing or in pass protection. However, according to NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, his build limits his athleticism, and lowers his quickness and evasiveness in open space.

The Buccaneers shocked no one by picking former Florida State QB Jameis Winston with the first pick, along with filling several other needs en route to the seventh round. After running a less-than-optimal 5.02 40-yard dash at the combine, some would say Iosefa shouldn't have been looked at as a potential draft pick. However, his strength (he benched more than any RB at combine) must have been attractive trait to Tampa Bay for to take a flier on him. The Buccaneers don't have the best group of running backs, but expect Iosefa to be looked more as a fullback to start his career.