The Buccaneers Need to Draft Andrew Thomas

Max Staley
Andrew Thomas would fill a need for the Buccaneers.
Andrew Thomas would fill a need for the Buccaneers. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have upgraded from Jameis Winston to Tom Brady this offseason. One drawback to signing a 42-year-old passer, however, could be Brady's lack of mobility. Protecting him will arguably be more important than ever, and Tampa Bay has a glaring hole at right tackle with Demar Dotson still in free agency.

Armed with the No. 14 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers should use that selection to shore up right tackle, and Andrew Thomas will almost certainly be the best option on the board.

From 2017-18, the New England Patriots graded out as a top-10 pass-blocking offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus. Notably, the Patriots made the Super Bowl in both of those seasons, winning one ring (2018). That line fell to No. 12 in 2019, though, and the team had its worst postseason finish (a first-round exit) since 2010.

Clearly, protecting Brady should be a priority for the Buccaneers. While he's not the consensus top tackle in the class, there's a lot to like about Thomas. He was a three-year starter at a highly competitive Georgia football program in the SEC, and he is generally regarded as one of the more NFL-ready prospects in this draft.

He could step in and take over for Dotson right away, and he'd likely be a much-better option than any of the tackles still remaining in free agency.

If Thomas is still available at No. 14, he'd be an excellent fit in Tampa Bay.

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