Pamphile To Be Tested At Guard, TooMay 10th, 2014
One element why the Bucs traded up into the fifth-round to draft Purdue tackle Kevin Pampphile was that he possessed a desired trait of the “Dunkaneers,” in that he was a stud high school basketball player and a good football player.
Being an athlete (a basketball athlete?) apparently means the player is also versatile in the eyes of the current Bucs brass.
Joe knows Bucs fans tonight will be growling at their bartenders because the Bucs did not draft a guard earlier, a position of dire need. To assist local bartenders with unruly customers, Bucs general manager Jason Licht offered that Pamphile, while targeted as a tackle, will be given an opportunity to show his wares as a guard.
“We will experiment with that,” Pamphile said. “There has been a lot of discussion with that. It is definitely worth working with him [at guard] at some point but right now work with him at tackle. We felt like we needed tackle depth and that third tackle, that swing tackle, we feel is a pretty valuable piece of the puzzle.”
Bucs coach Lovie Smith also tried to calm the nerves of Bucs fans and temper the fear of waitresses by noting there are a lot of starting offensive linemen in the NFL who were not drafted in the first three rounds.
Licht stated there are other opportunities to add guards, whether it be as undrafted free agents, or NFL free agents down the road.