Round 1, Pick 5: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Taking a tackle is never a sexy pick or one that gets a fan base excited but Jawaan Taylor from the University of Florida has the potential to be a star left tackle in the NFL. Taylor is considered an elite pass protector and is a tackle that has rare combination of size and length while still being very athletic and being moving well for a man of his size at 6’5 and roughly 334 pounds.
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With Donovan Smith currently anchored at the left tackle spot you can expect Taylor to start his NFL career getting reps as a right tackle and becoming the heir apparent to Demar Dotson. Taylor with time and NFL caliber coaching should mold into a star left tackle down the road and potentially force the Buccaneers’ hand to move him to left tackle or shuffle the offensive line to get him on the field immediately.
While the Buccaneers could still trade down and still potentially add Taylor in the range of the sixth to the tenth pick in the draft, here they go ahead and take the projected best overall offensive lineman in this year’s draft class. With the fifth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Tampa Bay selects the in-state prospect Taylor.