The Buccaneers draft their newest O-line gadget, “The Swiss ‘Hainsey’ Knife,” adding another ‘Brick in the Wall’ to protect Tom Brady. What Bruce Arians loves about Hainsey is his “Swiss Army Knife” type of versatility to help plug up any holes in the Buccaneers offensive wall. Hainsey can play virtually any position on the offensive line, from center to tackle, to guard. This versatility, which comes packaged in an all-in-one single gadget, will make him one of the most coveted tools in Arians’ toolbox, for years to come.
Coming to the Bucs at a stout 305 pounds and sitting atop a massive 6-foot-4 inch frame, Hainsey is an impressively capable right tackle, but can move anywhere along the line. The Bucs can see him possibly taking over for Tristan Wirfs at right tackle while moving Wirfs to left tackle if and when they decide to move on from Donovan Smith.
Hainsey could also be the replacement for Ryan Jensen at center if Jensen becomes unaffordable in the next year or two. Hainsey would be competing with Aaron Stinne, Alex Cappa, Josh Wells, or even and Smith for any starting or backup roles along the line. Anything can happen, but when you are as versatile as Hainsey, you never know where you could come in handy.
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Selected as Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2019 and a second-team All-ACC selection in 2020 by the Associated Press, Hainsey has the talent and credentials to make a huge impact protecting the team’s most valuable asset(s).
The Buccaneers seem to have struck gold once again in this year’s draft, although there are many factors that could change the course and direction of the ship, so far smooth sailing ahead, as the future of this Bucs team seems awfully bright. If all holds true, the Bucs may have just set themselves up to be perpetual powerhouse playoff contenders for the foreseeable future.
Let’s hope good fortunes befall this Bucs organization for years to come. We need to leave the past right where it belongs, in the past, and sail on into better seas. Robert Hainsey may just well be one of the many pieces to do just that. His Swiss Army Knife versatility will make him a valuable member of this crew.