Pat O'Connor
No. 79 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-01) November 1, 1993 (age 26)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:270 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school:Chicago (IL) St. Rita
College:Eastern Michigan
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 7 / Pick: 250
Career history
* Detroit Lions ( 2017)*
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Patrick Joseph O'Connor (born November 1, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Eastern Michigan.

College career Edit

O'Connor recorded 42 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a senior playing for Eastern Michigan University.[1] He recorded 166 total tackles and 20 sacks primarily playing the defensive end position in college, and was noted for his work ethic.[2][3] He was named to the All-Mid-American Conference team in 2016.[4]

Professional career Edit

Detroit LionsEdit

The Detroit Lions selected Connor in the seventh round (250th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[5] On May 12, 2017, the Lions signed O'Connor to a four-year, $2.46 million contract with a signing bonus of $64,270.[6] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and was signed to the Lions' practice squad the next day.[7][8] He was released by the team on September 13, 2017.[9]

Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

On October 9, 2017, O'Connor was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice squad.[10] He was promoted to the active roster on November 29, 2017.[11]

On September 1, 2018, O'Connor was waived by the Buccaneers and was re-signed to the practice squad.[12][13] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Buccaneers on December 31, 2018.[14]


  1. "2017 NFL Draft: EMU DE Pat O'Connor selected by Lions in the seventh round" (in en-US).
  2. "Pat O’Connor – NFL Draft Countdown" (in en-US).
  3. "2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pat O'Connor" (in en).'connor?id=2558863.
  4. "Lions pick Eastern Michigan DE Pat O'Connor in Round 7 of NFL draft" (in en). Detroit Free Press.
  5. Twentyman, Tim (April 29, 2017). "Detroit Lions draft defensive lineman Pat O'Connor". Detroit Lions. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  6. " Pat O'Connor contract".
  7. "Lions establish 53-man roster". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on September 3, 2017.
  8. "Lions assigned G Zac Kerin and T Brian Mihalik via waivers". September 3, 2017.
  9. "Lions re-sign Storm Norton to practice squad, waive Pat O’Connor". September 13, 2017.
  10. Smith, Scott (October 10, 2017). "Bucs Add DE Webster to Practice Squad".
  11. Smith, Scott (November 29, 2017). "Dotson, Marpet to IR Among Multiple Moves". Archived from the original on January 3, 2018.
  12. Smith, Scott (September 1, 2018). "Robinson, Tandy Among Cuts as Bucs Get to 53".
  13. Smith, Scott (September 2, 2018). "Bobo Wilson Returns on First Practice Squad".
  14. Smith, Scott (December 31, 2018). "Bucs Sign Eight to Reserve/Futures Contracts".

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