In the fifth round, the Bucs look for depth along their defensive line. Georgia’s D’Andre Walker could provide immediate production as a run stopper.
In his first season as a starter, Walker piled up 7.5 sacks and four forced fumbles for the Bulldogs. He won’t overwhelm an NFL tackle as a pass rusher, but he could make an impact in that area a if given the time to develop.
At this point in the Draft, finding someone who can bring something to the table from his first season should be a plus.
At defensive end, the Bucs have a decent starting unit with Vinny Curry and Jason Pierre-Paul. Throwing Carl Nassib and Walker into the mix would allow defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to have a solid group of ends in 2019.
More depth for Tampa Bay’s front seven here. Texas A&M’s Otaro Alaka is a force. He stands at six-foot-two, 240 pounds.
Alaka will be an early-down linebacker who can help stop the run. He doesn’t have the speed to stick with receivers in space, but his attacking style allowed him to rack up the tackles at College Station.
In 2018, he had 79 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. Although the linebacking corps may look impressive if Kwon Alexander is re-signed, the unit needs depth. Adding an early-down linebacker could give veteran Lavonte David occasional rest.
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