Draft season can solely imply one factor for the Bucs entrance workplace: time to take a look at extra small college offensive linemen. Sadly, the Bucs trio of non-DI inside offensive linemen broke up this previous season. Left guard Ali Marpet retired, and proper guard Alex Cappa signed with Cincinnati. Now the Bucs might be taking a look at one other small college alternative.
In keeping with The Draft Community’s Justin Melo, Chattanooga OL Cole Unusual is visiting the Bucs quickly. After six years in faculty, Unusual is making the leap to the NFL. Up to now he has crushed the pre-draft course of, taking part in effectively on the Reese’s Senior Bowl after which blowing up the mix.
Unusual entered the draft course of as a possible day three choice. However NFL groups have been impressed by him on the Senior Bowl, the place he competed regardless of being mild for the place. Then Unusual wrecked the Mix. The redshirt senior checked in at 6-5, 307 kilos earlier than blowing away the agility drills and working a 5.03 40-yard sprint. Unusual’s athletic profile places him in uncommon territory per Relative Athletic Scores (RAS).
It shouldn’t shock any Bucs followers that the crew is internet hosting Unusual on a Prime 30 go to. GM Jason Licht has a transparent affinity for small college offensive linemen, particularly ones who play with a chip on their shoulder. Unusual’s work ethic and soccer character are heralded in scouting circles. He’ll battle his tail off, even towards extra highly effective gamers.
Now, he shall be 24 years previous in the beginning of coaching camp, and he must get stronger. That’s a priority, provided that his physique is nearing its’ max potential. However, if drafted, Unusual may compete for the Bucs left guard job in camp. Proper now, Aaron Stinnie and Robert Hainsey are the frontrunners for Marpet’s previous spot.
Unusual is the primary recognized offensive lineman the Bucs have invited to a Prime 30 go to. Will he be the third guard off the board after Zion Johnson and Kenyon Inexperienced? We’ll discover out in late April.