Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Early April mid-week mock draft featuring a trade!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2018 NFL Draft, (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Round 7, Pick 215: Yoshuah Nijman, OT, Virginia Tech

With their last pick in the draft, the Buccaneers look to take an offensive tackle that has all of the desirable physical traits, but lacks a certain level of technique needed to succeed at the next level. However, current right tackle Demar Dotson was undrafted a decade ago, and the Buccaneers could be looking for the same success here.

Yosh Nijman out of Virginia Tech put together a solid combine and made a name for himself. While he is still just a late round flyer, the 6’7 and 324 Virginia Tech alum moves very well and has fluid hips for his size, giving him the athleticism necessary to succeed in the NFL. He ranked in the 90th percentile or above in the 20 yard shuttle and the broad jump, proving that he has the burst to get off of the line and become an efficient run blocker as well.

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Under the right coaching, Nijman could develop into a monster along the offensive line, and with Dotson on the last year of his deal and to the age where he will most likely not be looking at an extension, the Buccaneers need to have a backup plan for the 2020 season. Here the Buccaneers draft Nijman, let him sit behind Dotson for a season so that he can learn and develop, then give him a chance to win the job next year.