It is time to take an Offensive Tackle in the first round. It has been nineteen years since the Buccaneers have taken an Offensive tackle in the first round. In the 2001 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers selected UF Offensive Tackle Kenyatta Walker with the 14th overall pick overall.
This Draft is bursting at the seams with talent at several positions
The 2020 NFL Draft is pretty well stocked with talent at a few positions: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, and Offensive Tackle, especially Right Tackle. In an article, I did a week or so ago, entitled: If I were G.M. on draft day, I had Georgia Left Tackle Andrew Thomas being there when the Bucs picked at 14th selecting him with that pick. What if he wasn’t there, nor Mekhi Becton, Jedrick Wills, or Tristan Wirfs? It is possible that Wirfs might still be on the board, but if the top three are gone at that point, who should the Bucs target for the Right Tackle position? Haeg is a veteran, but it is highly unlikely that he can fill Demar Dotson’s shoes, let alone replace him altogether. Is Wirfs really the next best option? I’m not sold on him being the automatic grab.
The versatility of playing either Tackle position is a huge plus
I think there may be a better player out there. I believe Andrew Thomas’ teammate at Georgia, Isaiah Wilson, is a better pick than two or three players ranked above him. Just as Thomas can play the left or right side, Wilson is also able to play either side. Wilson was the twentieth ranked athlete in the nation coming out of high school regardless of position. He was redshirted his first season but started 14 games the following season, earning Freshman All-American and All-SEC Freshman honors. His redshirt sophomore season, he missed four games due to injury, but still was able to earn All-American Second-Team honors.
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I don’t think the Bucs can go wrong with taking Wilson in that situation. In the article above, I mention that if I were I the GM, I’d selected Thomas with the 14th pick overall, and RB Jonathan Taylor, or J.K. Dobbins with my first second-round pick, and coming back around in the third round to take Isaiah Wilson. Of course, that is a whole another calculation as to how the players will fall than this current one. If either scenario happens and I put my backing behind getting Wilson – who I believe is a better value than he is given credit for – I would have no problem making the Bucs Offensive Line a Georgia Bulldog O-Line Annex South. Both players are of a very high talent level, and both will have success wherever they end up. Go Bucs!!
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