Round 3 – OL Jeremy Zuttah, Rutgers
The Bucs continued to bolster their offensive line with the selection of Rutgers OL Jeremy Zuttah in round 3. This makes 3 consecutive years we have taken a lineman in the first 3 rounds: Davin Joseph 1, Jeremy Trueblood 3, Aaron Sears 2, Zuttah 3. This guy is exactly what Jon Gruden looks for in an Olineman. His versatility is well known at this point as he has played every position on the Oline besides center (ala Aaron Sears last year). As soon as the Bucs made this pick, I began to think about the possible alignments that may occur as a result. Zuttah and Sears both have experience playing LT at a high level in college, and I would imagine that the LT spot will be an open competition this season between Luke Petigout, Aaron Sears, Donald Penn and Jeremy Zuttah with Zuttah or Sears moving to LG depending on who wins. Gruden has tried to immediately play all the lineman that he has drafted, and I see this as no different. I personally had a chance to watch Rutgers multiple times this year, and this was a guy who looked like a Buc lineman to me.
Scouts Inc. – He plays with balance and stays under control. A natural knee bender that can mirror-and-slide once set in pass pro. Does a great job with his hand placement and displays adequate upper-body power. Works hard to sustain his blocks and keeps his feet moving. Takes excellent angles as a run blocker and generally is able to get a push. Does a good job of staying low and anchoring versus the bull rush.
Zuttah – I hope to play as soon as possible…From my combine numbers, I am very physically mature, even though I am only 21 years old. I am strong, I am fast, I think I am physically ready; it’s just a matter of how fast I can learn the system.
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