The dust for the most part has settled regarding the Buccaneers 2019 draft class. The one thing we know for certain is the defense in 2019 is going to look a hell of a lot different than it did in 2018.
Outside of selecting two offensive players in rounds five and six and one of them being a kicker, Tampa Bay used the remaining six picks to focus on the defensive side of the ball.
The team drafted three secondary players, one linebacker and two defensive lineman in hopes of turning around what was one of the worst defenses in the league in 2018.
With that being said, one major position of need was left off the Buccaneers draft class and that is the Right guard position.
Last year, the Right guard position was an absolute disaster. No, seriously, it was a travesty. Caeb Benenoch’s play really effected the whole play of the offensive line, especially Ryan Jensen and Demar Dotson. All the Buccaneers have done since the end of the season to address the need is add Earl Watford in free agency to presumably compete with Alex Cappa for the starting job.
Now, no disrespect to either Cappa or Watford, but there were plenty of opportunities to upgrade that position in the draft and Tampa Bay elected not too, which is really a bit confusing to me. In an offense that requires the offensive line to be above average in pass blocking, it seems like the risk being taken here is to great.
Maybe I will be proven wrong and Cappa, who was a third-round pick last year will take command of the position and show great progress from his rookie season, but to not draft any offensive lineman just doesn’t make sense.