Round 3, Pick 95: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Original Pick: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
It has since come out through context of the Buffalo Bills posting a video of their draft war room and comments by the Buccaneers offensive line coach Joe Gilbert that offensive lineman Cody Ford of Oklahoma would have been the pick at 38 had the Bills not jumped the Bucs to take him. In the third round, the Buccaneers could have had the 32nd overall and fifth ranked offensive tackle prospect in West Virginia’s Yodny Cajuste.
Medicals caused Cajuste to slip to the third round, but if the Buccaneers are prepping for the career of Demar Dotson to come to a close and for his contract to run out, sitting Cajuste for a year would not have hurt them or him. Instead Cajuste falls into the laps of the New England Patriots and they have a starting tackle for years to come.
Going back to back cornerbacks on day-two of the draft was redundant for the Buccaneers, especially when value was on the board elsewhere and they still have Carlton Davis on their roster who they took in the second round a year ago. Cajuste is a mauler in the run game, which would have helped Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones get over their less than four yards per carry slump.