Round 4, Pick 107. Ross Pierschbacher, IOL, Alabama
For some unknown reason, Buccaneers fans believe that investing a first or a second round pick in a right guard is a necessity. However, the team’s offseason moves would indicate that they feel comfortable with their offensive line in 2019.
This is evidenced by the re-signing of Donovan Smith, picking up Demar Dotson’s option, and moving Caleb Benenoch out of the right guard spot in order to pave the way for 2018 third rounder Alex Cappa to win the job. Do not expect the Buccaneers to invest a pick in an offensive lineman in the first two days of the draft.
Here to begin day-three, however, Tampa Bay selects Alabama interior lineman Ross Pierschbacher in order to give them some depth at the interior of their offensive line and possibly add competition for the right guard spot. At over 6’3 and 307 pounds with a wingspan of nearly 80 inches, Pierschbacher fits the mold of NFL guard, and while his athleticism will not blow anyone away, he is very technically sound.
Day three of the draft is the ideal time for the Buccaneers to draft a lineman in need of a little molding to prep for the inevitability of moving on from Demar Dotson after this season and to put them in the position to move on from Ryan Jensen if he does not pan out in 2019 as well. Here they add the versatile Pierschbacher.