With the draft process concluded, teams have now moved onto to evaluating how those drafted players plug into their roster and depth chart. And for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their third round pick, OG Alex Cappa out of Division II Humboldt (CA) State, is a guy to keep an eye on this Spring.
That’s because, while his college position would indicate that Cappa might replace oft-injured veteran J.R. Sweezy at guard on the Bucs line, GM Jason Licht said Wednesday morning that Cappa may be used at another key position.
Interestingly, Licht revealed that they had had several conversations last Thursday afternoon and evening before the draft began with the Bills about Buffalo coveting the Buccaneers seventh overall pick. He was asked if before making the trade for Buffalo’s two second round picks, if he had asked the Bills for their 22nd overall in the swap.
Licht said it did come up, but “if we had taken the 22nd pick, we likely would have traded out of that spot looking for another second rounder (in this draft).”
Ultimately, as the discussion went on, Licht said Wednesday, “I asked for their two, two’s for the pick and we got’em…We were thrilled.”
Tampa Bay ended up selecting Washington DT Vita Vea at 12th overall and used the extra second round picks to select defensive backs M.J. Stewart of North Carolina and Carlton Davis of Auburn.
Later in the conversation, the subject turned to Cappa being picked in the third round, and where the Buccaneers currently believe he will plug in initially in the off season workouts, etc.?
“He has a little bit different skill set than Ali (Marpet)….has a little bit longer body. Doesn’t play the same style, but …if he’s half of what Ali is, we are going to be happy where we got him….We think he can play all five positions in this league”
When asked about whether he could eventually play the all important left tackle position to protect Jameis Winston’s blind side, Licht replied, “We’ll see…We’re going to start by working him at guard and right tackle and go from there.”
The last part should make Bucs fans and those that cover the team perk up like we did, as Licht is talking about who plays in place of currently injured veteran Demar Dotson this off season. Dotson who is the most tenured Buccaneer is trying to be back for training camp after knee surgery.
Will Cappa fit better there on the outside or will he be the right guard that replaces Sweezy, who has a $6.5 million cap number this year?
It sounds like everything is on the table for the Bucs offense, up front.
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