Mel Kiper Projects Buccaneers to Get a Steal at No. 14
By Max Staley
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history this offseason. Already armed with an elite skill-position group, their first order of business should be to ensure that Tom Brady is protected.
With Demar Dotson still available in free agency, the team has a pretty huge hole at right tackle. And if Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft comes to fruition, the team would be getting an absolute steal at No. 14.
Kiper projects that the Buccaneers land Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas with the No. 14 pick.
Since he was mostly a left tackle at Georgia, he'd likely have to get used to playing on the right side in Tampa Bay. Donovan Smith was solid last season, receiving a 77.4 grade as a pass blocker from Pro Football Focus, so it's unlikely that Thomas would unseat him at LT.
Still, Thomas is a talented prospect who could immediately make a contribution for Tampa Bay – particularly in the run game.
If he's on the board at No. 14, he'd be an excellent fit for Brady and the Buccaneers.
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