“With The 69th Pick In The NFL Draft …”

April 14th, 2014

CyrilRichardsonReinforcements have to be coming to bolster the Bucs’ offensive line. It has to happen.

The O-line, right now, is far too thin. Here’s the breakdown, in case you forgot.

Thankfully the Bucs have time, and one full-time draft analyst believes Tampa Bay is likely seeking a gigantic target in the third round.Former Bucs beat writer Charlie Campbell, who shed his pewter colors for WalterFootball.com, likes the experience and size that Baylor beast Cyril Richardson could deliver at right guard.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor  
The Buccaneers grab a guard to replace Davin Joseph. 

Richardson was largely dominant in 2013. The senior was a tremendous run-blocker for Lache Seastrunk and opened a ton of holes at the point of attack. Richardson’s pass protection was sound as well. 

Richardson did an overall good job of blocking for quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2011. Richardson also did well opening up holes in the ground game for Terrance Ganaway. Richardson started out at guard in 2010 before he moved to tackle as a sophomore. The junior was moved back to guard for 2012. 

The 6-foot-5, 335-pounder played better back on the inside. He was consistent in every phase of the game. Baylor experienced a lot of success running behind him, and he was also reliable in pass protection. Richardson could be most effective at guard in the NFL.

One thing that should help keep Richardson on the table for the Bucs in the third round was his lack of speed shown at the NFL Scouting Combine. He’s not a freakish athlete, but you can’t teach that kind of size and he certainly performed in college.

Interestingly, Richardson was featured on NFL.com as a guy who is not getting any consensus from NFL scouts, a guy who could go late in the first round or as late as the sixth round, and he has what some are calling a “high bust factor.” (No, that’s not a Hooters Calendar term.)

Joe won’t sit here and pretend to know the intricacies of Richardson’s game, but a high third-round pick (especially when you have no fourth-rounder) is a tough spot to gamble. But the draft is a giant gamble. Over at left guard, if healthy, the Bucs have the human armoire, Carl Nicks, who went from fifth-round pick of New Orleans to All-Pro in three years.

18 Responses to ““With The 69th Pick In The NFL Draft …””

  1. INDYbucsfan Says:

    Any updates on nicks?

  2. b.Bruce Says:

    we went from one Josh to the next Josh now all we need is a Johnny.

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    Be careful joe might have to rename pick 69 so you don’t come across as a perverted maniac. The PC Police are watching.

    Richardson is a beast. I am not sure he makes to sixty nine.

  4. mr_t_5150 Says:

    I would love for us to have CR, yet alone any player from Baylor. I watched this guy play and have seen him in person, he is massive.

  5. voice of reason Says:

    sic em

  6. brandonbucfan Says:

    I realize April is the month of smokescreens. Is that why we heard nothing from last week about Carl Nicks? Noticeably absent from any interviews or questions from our MARVELOUS media other than what we heard a few weeks ago. Again, I understand that if it leaks that he won’t be ready the whole world knows we HAVE to HAVE a WR and OG in the first three picks. IF you slot a QB in there somewhere everyone knows what we have to do

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    INDYbucsfan…google Carl Nicks.

  8. Couch Fan Says:

    Just seen JW Jr. Just got arrested for driving on suspended license. Think he just reassured his undrafted free agent status.

  9. Macabee Says:

    We shouldn’t be too concerned about the O-Line this year at the guard position. There are at least 6 OGs or OTs that can play OG available in the 2nd round. There are other high potential picks throughout the draft.


    1.David Yankey, Stanford
    2.Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
    3.Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

    SECOND ROUND OTs (who can play OG)
    1.Morgan Moses, Virginia
    2.Joel Bitonio, Nevada
    3.Billy Turner, North Dakota State


    1.Trai Turner, LSU
    2.Cyril Richardson, Baylor
    3.JuWuan James, Tennessee
    4.Dakota Dozier, Furman

    1.Kadeem Edwards, Tennessee State
    2.Ryan Groy, Wisconsin
    3.Brandon Thomas, Clemson (high 2nd round pick, ACL tear, now late round value pick)

  10. Joe Says:


    I realize April is the month of smokescreens. Is that why we heard nothing from last week about Carl Nicks? Noticeably absent from any interviews or questions from our MARVELOUS media other than what we heard a few weeks ago.

    One of two things has to happen for anyone to interview Carl Nicks:

    1. Bucs media relations have to make him available for an interview. To date, that has not happened since last season. They, of course, also have to follow the orders and wishes of the front office and/or coaching staff. Maybe tomorrow Nicks may be available to chat, but that is far from certain.

    2. Nicks has to be willing to talk to said media outside of his work hours at One Buc Palace. To date, he has not spoken.

  11. Macabee Says:

    I have no information other than what was said last year. There is a big RG, Patrick Omammeh, out of Michigan that Schiano was high on last year. Let’s see how Lovie and Warhop feels about him after the 28th when they can get up close and personal.

  12. JerseyBucsFan Says:

    Wouldn’t mind the pick as long as we picked up johnny in the first if not this pick should go to jimmy imo

  13. Macabee Says:

    Maybe we should get Aaron Donald. I saw him ragdoll Richardson at the Senior Bowl!

  14. Ernest T. Bass Says:


    I also think Omameh could be this years Tim Wright. He was with the 49ers and we all know the niners draft well especially o-lineman.

  15. flrocker1 Says:

    Am I the only one that likes Dakota Dozier at Guard simply because of his name?

  16. Milenko Says:

    I hope this 69th pick, doesn’t bite us in the crotch!

  17. PhantomVash808 Says:

    Any chance the Bucs bring back Davin on the cheap for depth.

  18. Cody Says:

    I like the Cyril Richardson pick in the 3rd rd…Imo we need 2 O-linemen out of this draft…