Buccaneers wheel and deal in latest trade-filled mock draft

Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina TarHeels (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

With the 248th overall pick, the Buccaneers select Joshua Ezeudu – G (North Carolina)

Hypothetically, this would be a fantastic development. Realistically, it has a chance at happening.

Perhaps the most high-profile need for the Buccaneers is the other starting guard spot. Alex Cappa is now in Cincinnati and Ali Marpet shockingly retired. One slot is filled with the trade for former teammate of Tom Brady in Shaq Mason, but the other spot remains vacant.

The team is high on Robert Hainsey and are welcoming the opportunity he has to compete for the open starting guard spot, primarily due to his versatility. This is why the selection of Joshua Ezeudu is a juicy one.

Like Hainsey, Ezeudu has the versatility on the offensive line that the Bucs love. He’s a big guard, standing at 6’4” and tipping the scales at 308 pounds, which has also allowed him to gain experience as a tackle. Despite his size, he needs to work on his strength at the point of attack, but Ezeudu has the athleticism to make up for it. He’s very quick and agile to go along with impressive speed for his size. He would provide solid competition to Hainsey, and the Buccaneers could potentially have a load at guard to help protect Brady, the best part being that they found him in the seventh and final round of the draft.

At the end of the day, mocks are purely speculation and nobody knows anything, especially with the chaos that draft day trades bring. That doesn’t mean we can’t speculate, and if things go down this way should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose to be active on the trade market, it would be quite the haul that would allow the team to sustain success during and after the Tompa Bay era.