2024 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers benefit from a Top 10 shakeup

Right now the Buccaneers have the No. 8 pick, which puts them in a pretty sweet spot.
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49. Packers. . Offensive Tackle. Taliese Fuaga. 7. Oregon State. player. . Taliese Fuaga

Jordan Love hasn’t looked great in his first year as the Packers starter — emphasis on first year starter.

There’s a chance he’s not the successor to Aaron Rodgers and the streak of Packers quarterbacks who turn into Hall of Famers will end. But we’ve seen less than a season of Love as the team’s starter at this point and it’s foolish to think they’ll bail on him to restart with Bo Nix or Michael Penix.

Instead, the smart move is to invest in Love’s protection. As many as four tackles could get drafted in the Top 10 and Taliese Fuaga is smack in the middle of that conversation. He’s put together a fantastic year at Oregon State, and has the fundamentals to be a franchise tackle for the Packers and whoever they have under center.

A major piece of the success Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers had was the fact that each were protected by stellar offensive lineman. Favre had guys like Chad Clifton and Marco Rivera while Rodgers benefited from guys like T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton. Right now Love doesn’t have anyone like that in front of him, which makes taking Fuaga crucial to his development as the franchise’s next star quarterback.