We've talked (ad nauseam) about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first-round pick: Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota? Well, it certainly looks like Winston right now. But we haven't discussed much of the team's options beyond the first round -- which is where this post comes in. I just made the team's second-round pick in this year's SB Nation bloggers mock draft.
Not surprisingly, I filled one of the Bucs' biggest needs: offensive line. And of all the offensive linemen available here, I went with Florida State's Cameron Erving. Here's what Dan Kadar had to say about the pick:
Part of me really likes the idea of pairing a college offensive lineman with his quarterback. So in that regard, this is a good pick. The issue with Erving, if you're considering him a tackle, is that he struggled some last season before Florida State needed to move him inside to center. In the last five games of the season he played center and did pretty well. I'd still be a little apprehensive about having him play guard, though. He's not exactly a power blocker and it would be an adjustment.
I went with Erving for two simple reasons: first, he's just a good player. He's athletic, he's intelligent and he can probably start right away -- provided he works a little on his technique. Which is what NFL coaches are for -- at the top of the second round, you're not getting a perfect prospect anyway.
Second, Erving is versatile. That versatility is very important to the Bucs, because they need to fill not one but two starting spots on the offensive line: one at either tackle spot, and one at right guard. Erving has played left tackle and center at a high level in his college career, and could conceivably step in at any of those positions. Or elsewhere, if the Bucs want to shift some other linemen to new positions.
That kind of versatility will allow the Bucs to fill their final starting spot with the best player they can find, whether that be a left tackle, or right guard, or whatever else. They won't need to worry about finding a player who can play a specific position, which means they'll have some more options -- including the possibility that one of the team's two fifth-round picks from last year has developed to the point that they can start.
For my full explanation, head on over to Mocking the Draft.