From a seventh-round draft pick to a fringe player to a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

Rookie safety Cody Grimm has made the Buccaneers, continuing an NFL legacy highlighted by his father Russ’ Hall of Fame tenure as a lineman with the Washington Redskins. Grimm’s retention with Tampa Bay had nothing to do with his bloodlines, though.

The former walk-on at Virginia Tech overcame the odds once again, this time, moving from collegiate outside linebacker to NFL safety and making the transition well enough to be listed as the team’s No. 2 free safety behind Tanard Jackson. Grimm emerged as a solid special teams player in preseason, but he really made his mark on defense, with his sure, open-field tackling and coverage ability.

Coach Raheem Morris said during OTAs that Grimm would make the team if his progression on the field matched his work ethic — and the rookie delivered. From here, Grimm figures to be a special teams’ fixture and possibly work his way onto the defense in certain sub-packages.

Steve Wyche