The Buccaneers need to upgrade several positions. With quarterback being the biggest need in the draft, we already know they’ll be addressing that with their first overall selection. But it’s their second round pick that is still a mystery.
That pick can go several different directions — offensive line, defensive end, maybe a linebacker. Just like I wrote on BucsBlitz.com, I was comfortable heading into free agency suggesting one of those three positions would be addressed in the second round. Given how the past month has played out, I’d say they go defensive end. More specifically, Utah’s Nate Orchard.
Over the weekend, TheBayCave.com learned that Tampa Bay is extremely high on Orchard. The team put him through a workout several weeks back and all indications are that they were more than impressed with everything they put him through as well as everything they’ve seen on tape. So let’s say both Orchard and UCLA’s Owamagbe Odighizuwa are available at No. 34, the Buccaneers may select the Utah product based off of the information TBC has gathered.
That may ruffle some feathers as Tampa Bay would be putting off the offensive line once again. But many forget last year’s rookie offensive linemen in Kadeem Edwards and Kevin Pamphile.
Pamphile saw decent playing time as 2014 drew to a close and Edwards didn’t see much action during the season as he was on injured reserve. Edwards was thought of as having a good chance of starting last season as the staff was high on the rookie. In fact, the team is high on both.
It’s anyone’s guess as to what the Bucs will do with their second pick based on uncertainty ahead of them in the draft. Some within the league have said they may trade back into the first round and select an offensive lineman. But with the Bucs being specific with certain names — in this case, Orchard — we may know what they’ll do with the 34th overall selection.