The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have picked UCLA tackle Caleb Benenoch with their fifth-round pick. The 6'5", 305 lbs.. lineman should give the Bucs some added depth on the offensive line. He also has the athletic ability (ran a 4.98-second 40-yard dash at the combine) and size the Bucs crave in their offensive linemen.
Benenoch could play both guard and tackle, and played at both spots in college. He may be a slightly better fit inside, which helps the Bucs who won't have a pure guard backup -- Kevin Pamphile is more of a swing tackle, while Evan Smith is mostly a center. Benenoch
There's no doubting Benenoch's athleticism or his tools. He impressed scouts with his speed at the NFL Combine and at his Pro Day workout. He doesn't have much of what NFL scouts call "bad weight." But he's technically inconsistent, and in pass protection in particular, he needs a lot of improvement. However, NFL teams are more likely to be enticed by Benenoch's potential than to be concerned about his lack of consistency.
Earlier today, the Bucs selected North Carolina Central cornerback Ryan Smith in the fourth round, both as a special teams specialist and to upgrade their secondary. He might be converted to safety -- we'll have to wait and see what the team says later today.
The Bucs have two more picks today, both in the sixth round, so stay tuned!
Buccaneers 2016 draft picks
Round 1: pick 9 (9th overall): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Round 2: pick 8 (39th overall): Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Round 2: pick 28 (59th overall): Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
Round 4: pick 10 (108th overall): Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central
Round 5: pick 9 (148th overall): Caleb Benenoch, T, UCLA
Round 6: pick 8 (183rd overall)
Round 6: pick 22 (197th overall, from Washington)