Another day closer to the 2017 NFL draft, another mock draft. Today we look at Peter King, the veteran NFL analyst of The MMQB. King comes up with Alabama tackle Cam Robinson for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a pick we haven’t seen much of this past month or so.
Only day one LT in the draft, most scouts think, and here he is. Bucs thrilled.
The Bucs have made it very clear that they’re happy with their offensive linemen right now. They’re not replacing left tackle Donovan Smith or center Ali Marpet, nor right guard J.R. Sweezy. That leaves Kevin Pamphile at left guard, who already has some competition in Evan Smith and recently re-signed Joe Hawley, and right tackle Demar Dotson.
Of those, Dotson’s the most likely to be replaced, but even his job seems pretty safe, and they did select Caleb Benenoch in the fifth round last year to groom him as a long-term starter—possibly in Dotson’s place.
None of that means the Bucs definitely won’t take a tackle. For one, Cam Robinson really is good—Stephen White loves him—and there’s a point where a team just can’t pass up good value. Moreover, all that “we’re happy with the OL” stuff could be a smokescreen, albeit a very good one.
Personally, though, I’d be pretty surprised if that’s where this is going. Not in the least because King has a pretty terrible mock draft track record.