Uproar of fans across social media suggests the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in need of offensive lineman, but the team seems unbothered by their current depth.
Each week mock drafts are done, and each week there is someone in the comment section questioning why no interior offensive lineman is taken, and why no offensive lineman is taken until day-three. The answer is because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do not have immediate concerns with their offensive line.
To be frank, there should not be concern about an offensive line for a team which averaged nearly 25 points per game. That number should be enough to win more than five games per year, so instead the Buccaneers are going to invest in the defensive side of the ball in order to take pressure off of an offense who has been humming over the past two seasons.
The Buccaneers have, however, taken steps to improve their offensive line as Caleb Benenoch did struggle in 2018. He has since been moved to tackle to compete as a swing lineman, and it would appear 2018 third round pick Alex Cappa will have every opportunity to win the starting job at right guard.
An offensive lineman will more than likely be drafted, but it would be an absolute shock if one were taken before day-three of the draft. The lineman taken, however is likely to be a developmental tackle rather than an interior lineman as the Buccaneers have not brought any guards or centers in for visits. Names to keep an eye on at the tackle position include Alabama State’s Tytus Howard, who the Buccaneers would have to use a day-two pick on, and Elon’s Oli Udoh, who could be drafted most realistically in the fifth round.
A mock draft is coming out tomorrow, and an offensive lineman will not be taken until day-three in it, so before asking where the offensive lineman are, first picture Alabama football head coach Nick Saban telling a reporter, “I am not going to do it, so quit asking.” Whether it is favorable to the fans or not, the Buccaneers are not nearly as worried about the state of their offensive line as fans and media want to portray.