POTB: How The Bucs Can Build A Dynasty In Round One
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Yes, it sounds crazy but this is something that can be done with our #7 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Our beloved Buccaneers offensive line consists of 4 year starters; Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet, newly signed Center Ryan Jensen who’s entering his 6th year, and Demar Dotson who’s coming off one of his best years as a pro. What the Bucs do with the seventh pick in this years draft is what can push this group over the top.
THE BUCS NEED TO DRAFT QUENTON NELSON.
The 6’5 325 lb Guard out of Notre Dame is an absolute stud. He is a guaranteed 10 to 15 year starter in this league. Nelson benched an astounding 35 reps of 225 lbs at the NFL Combine in late February. His sheer power and aggressiveness would be a much welcomed presence in the Bucs front 5. Nelson’s awareness is next level and he is always looking for somebody to hit!
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WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE TRENCHES.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers no doubt have some impressive young talent on their offensive line. The signing of Ryan Jensen was a huge move for the Bucs in free agency. It also means that star lineman Ali Marpet can be moved back to his original position, guard. Marpet was given an impressive 85.4 by Pro Football Focus in 2016 at guard before being moved to Center the following year. Donovan Smith has shown improvement year to year, although he may not be as consistent as we would like to see him, I trust him protecting Jameis Winston’s blindside. Demar Dotson was also having a great year before going down to injury, he scored an 85.0 with Pro Football Focus in 2018.
With all of this said if we could add Quenton Nelson into the mix we would then have a great young core that can grow together. Reminiscent of how the Dallas Cowboys built their solid offensive line core through the draft. Our Buccaneers can do the same, now with a far superior quarterback than the Cowboys, Tampa can be even more dynamic. The Bucs need a new attitude up front and Quenton Nelson will provide just that. He is a franchise changer that has often been compared to the great Joe Thomas who has just retired from the Cleveland Browns. If the Buccaneers want to turn things around in a hurry they cannot pass up on drafting perennial Pro Bowler Quenton Nelson.
By, Joel Garvey
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