With all the signs pointing to the Buccaneers drafting Jameis Winston with the first overall pick on April 30, the real debate is about their second round selection and what they will do with it.
Some time ago, I suggested the Bucs target three main positions with the pick: Middle linebacker, defensive end, and the offensive line. Since then, the Bucs signed Cowboys free agent linebacker Bruce Carter who will likely start in the middle and are currently hosting Patriots offensive guard Dan Connolly. If he signs, that second round selection could be focused on draft a pass rusher.
"But Gil, what about offensive tackle?"
Back in January, I tweeted out how the Bucs took a long look at 2014 rookie Kevin Pamphile at right tackle. I also suggested he may be an option to start in 2015. While limited, the team was giving him looks to see what they had. People have forgotten about him as well as guard Kadeem Edwards -- who was on I.R. in 2014.
But just recently we have seen some articles referencing quotes from the Buccaneers talking up Pamphile. Now factor in a potential signing in Connolly, Tampa Bay's offensive line can look like this from left to right: Demar Dotson, Logan Mankins, Evan Dietrich-Smith, Dan Connolly, and Kevin Pamphile. Not saying it will be, be that possibility is there.
That potentially leaves the Bucs looking at drafting a defensive end with pick No. 34. Some names at the top of the second round could include UCLA's Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Utah's Nate Orchard, and Mississippi State's Preston Smith. Of course they could be gone and some others could be a possibility, but to give a sense of what defensive ends they can have to choose from those names could be options.
Certainly the team can still choose to draft elsewhere, but I get the notion that the Bucs are looking to fill potential starting roles first, then address depth. With that said, who ever they select in Round 2 could be a starter come Day 1.
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