Who are the top offensive tackle targets for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2020 NFL Draft? Here’s a look at the best prospects.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slated to pick at No. 14 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft in just a couple of months.
Conventional wisdom says that the Buccaneers will select an offensive tackle with that pick as a way to sure-up the edges along that line.
Who are the most likely choices for the Buccaneers? Here’s a look at the top offensive tackle prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Jedrick Wills, Alabama (6-foot-5, 320 pounds)
Jedrick Wills is likely the top offensive tackle taken in the NFL Draft and he’ll go inside the top-7. Wills proved to be strong and show great movement at the offensive tackle position at Alabama, but he’ll be gone before Tampa Bay picks.
Andrew Thomas, Georgia (6-foot-5, 320 pounds)
If Wills isn’t the first offensive lineman taken, it will be because Andrew Thomas takes his place. Both Wills and Thomas are expected to go inside the top-10. Thomas is a popular NFL Mock Draft selection for the Cleveland Browns at No. 10, but it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him and Wills switch places depending on NFL combine performances.
Mekhi Becton, Louisville (6-foot-7, 369 pounds)
Outside of Thomas and Wills, there’s still plenty of depth at the offensive tackle position. If you’re looking for an absolute freak of nature who moves well, Becton is the selection for you. At this point, Becton is being projected to be taken right around the time that the Buccaneers pick and this would be a great pick-up for Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers would be taking a chance because Becton isn’t a guy that is coming into the league completely polished, but he has all the raw attributes to become an elite offensive tackle.
Tristan Wirfs, Iowa (6-foot-5, 322 pounds)
Tristan Wirfs is another guy that is expected to go between that 11-16 range, but if I’m the Buccaneers and got my choice between Wirfs and Becton, I’m taking Becton.
Wirfs has shown talent and is very strong, but many believe he projects better at offensive guard at the next level and he doesn’t show as fast footwork on film compared to Becton- who still weighs 40 pounds more than Wirfs. All of that being said, if Wirfs is available at that No. 14 spot, he’d still be a quality pick-up.
Josh Jones, Houston (6-foot-7, 310 pounds)
Josh Jones is the fifth offensive tackle in this class and is projected to go in the late-portion of the first-round.
Jones could be an option for the Buccaneers if the organization elected to trade down and perhaps add an extra pick or two in the mid-rounds.
He shows good footwork and technique, and could develop into a sold option for the Bucs if the organization wanted to add another draft pick or two by picking later.