Operation O-Line On Day 2May 9th, 2014
Joe realizes Lovie Smith said last night that he’s never been a head coach around a quarterbacks group better than Josh McCown, Mike Glennon and Mike Kafka. (Take that, Jay Cutler!)
However, as special as these Bucs quarterbacks might be, they still need an offensive line that doesn’t resemble swiss cheese and 1-ply toilet paper.
The Bucs are thin on their offensive line. Very thin. Joe will believe Carl Nicks can actually play again if Joe sees him practice in pads for a few consecutive weeks. Until then, Nicks represents nothing more than false hope.
Who’s going to start at guard? Right guard? Left guard? Who’s going to be the often critical sixth man of the O-line?
Joe would like to see the Bucs answer one of those questions emphatically tonight.
Nevada tackle/guard prospect Joel Bitonio should be there in the second round (Joe wrote about Bitonio extensively this week), where the Bucs currently have the sixth pick (No. 38 overall). Will G Xavier Su’a-Filo out of UCLA be lurking?
Of course, Chucky’s tops-in-this-draft quarterback, Derek Carr, could be there, too.