Bucs Blitz NFL Draft Focus: Offensive Tackles

Leading up to Thursday night and the NFL Draft, we breakdown the Bucs' needs and the players to remember at that position on draft weekend.

Bucs Need at Offensive Tackle: 2.5 out of 5

Bucs GM Jason Licht has revamped the Buccaneers entire offensive line over the last couple of years. With the additions of Ali Marpet, Donovan Smith, JR Sweezy, and Joe Hawley to go with the promising talent of Kevin Pamphile. the Bucs have nice depth, youth, and the ability to have these linemen grow together in front of Jameis Winston. The argument can be made that the Bucs are just an offensive tackle away from having a complete offensive line that can grow together for the next 3-5 years, which is rare. With Demar Dotson and Gosder Cherilus at right tackle, the need their isn't dire, but the luxury of drafting a young right tackle is to build chemistry and cohesion with young players growing together.

5 Names to Remember on Draft Weekend:

Jack Conklin | Michigan State | Top 15
Conklin is one of my favorite players in this draft. He's gritty, nasty, and physical. He's not the prototypical left tackle like Laremy Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley, but i believe Conklin has the highest floor of any offensive tackle in this year's class. 

Shon Coleman | Auburn | 2nd Round
Coleman is another physical right tackle prospect, who may move inside to guard. Coming from that Auburn offense, Coleman is better suited in the run game than in pass protection.

Alex Lewis | Nebraska | 3rd/4th Round
Lewis is big, mean, and physical. He was a starter at Colorado before he was arrested for assault after getting drunk and knocking out an Air Force cadet. Lewis' father played in the NFL for 7 seasons, so the bloodlines are strong. Lewis could be a potential steal that can play left or right tackle.

Brandon Shell | South Carolina | 4th/5th
Shell is the great nephew of hall of famer Art Shell. This Shell is limited to right tackle in the NFL. He is big and physical in the ground game.

Kyle Murphy | Stanford | 4th/5th Round
There's a theme here. Murphy is another right tackle who is better in the run game than the pass game. Murphy is stiff in pass protection, but overall a smart football player.

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