1. He was a Four-Time Lineman of the Year
Alex Cappa played his college football at Humboldt State, a Division II school in Arcata, California. Regardless of the stigma that can accompany a player that comes from a Division II program, Cappa had some big-time success in his career with the Lumberjacks. He played in 44 games over four seasons and earned the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Offensive Lineman of the Year Award in all four years. Impressive, right? His four times being selected for the award is a conference record.
In addition to taking home the lineman of the year award in all four years, he was also a first team All-GNAC selection in each of his four seasons. That type of success is impressive no matter where it occurs. The Bucs are getting a guy with some great highlights. NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock evaluated Cappa in the video linked above and said “he has the nastiest tape I’ve ever seen.”
The Bucs have to protect Jameis Winston, who they still see as their franchise quarterback. With the selection of Ronald Jones II in the second round, the team seems to be giving its quarterback a dependable ground game. So, if Cappa can step in and contribute right away or just step in when needed, it would help the offensive line find some edge. If he can come on strong at guard, Tampa Bay could potentially be looking at a front line of Donovan Smith (left tackle), Ali Marpet (left guard), Ryan Jensen (center), Cappa (right guard) and Demar Dotson (right tackle). That’s a good-looking line, even if Cappa serves as depth behind J.R. Sweezy.