Round 6, Pick 208: Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois
With their sixth round pick, the Buccaneers look to mold their potential heir apparent to Demar Dotson, who is aging and on the last year of his deal. Max Scharping from Northern Illinois looks to be that guy to replace Dotson in 2020; the Buccaneers molded the aging veteran from an undrafted free agent to who he is today, so they can do the same with a sixth rounder.
The offensive lineman began his pre-draft process at the Senior Bowl, getting a chance to display his talents to NFL scouts and general managers after playing in the MAC. Scharping came away from that week in Mobile as a winner and put his name on the map.
Scharping parlayed his Senior Bowl performance into an invite to the combine and kept his draft stock trending in the right direction. He looked like a technician and displayed smooth and fluid hip and feet movement during the on-field drills. In addition, he tested as an elite prospect for being nearly 6’6 and 327 pound offensive tackle.
While the Buccaneers may not be looking to make major improvements to their offensive line in 2019, drafting Scharping here could give them their right tackle for the future. With the 208th pick in the draft, the Buccaneers would be getting great value with the Northern Illinois offensive tackle.