Bucs Trade Up: Pick Division III Offensive Linemen Ali Marpet

May 1st, 2015


Joe’s not about to pretend he’s watched much — or any — Hobart College football.

But that’s where the Bucs went to score their second-round pick, a result of a trade-up with the Colts for the No. 63 overall pick.

Welcome to Tampa Bay, Ali Marpet, the 6-4, 307-pound guard, the first Division III player ever to be invited to the Senior Bowl.

What can Joe say, Marpet dominated Division III competition. The measurables are there, but the experience isn’t.

The Bucs’ scouting of offensive linemen and O-line coaching will be seriously tested with this pick, something that failed last year.

28 Responses to “Bucs Trade Up: Pick Division III Offensive Linemen Ali Marpet”

  1. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


  2. Bawlmerbucfan Says:

    Loving the strategy!

  3. FortMyersDave Says:

    Okay, what did the Bucs give up to move up?

  4. bucrightoff Says:

    4th round pick swap is the trade. Moved down 20 spots in the 4th.

  5. ed Says:

    Looks like they gave up our 3rd and swapped 4ths with the Colts

  6. Dan Says:

    4th round pick and third

  7. gulfcoast Says:

    “Love it mane” in my Fat Pat voice!

    Have our third and fourth to move up, I believe.

  8. Jonathan Says:

    Seems like a repeat of the lineman picked last year – except that lineman was a Division II player -Kadeem Edwards. That pick didn’t work out so well.

  9. ed Says:

    Yeah I know this dude was rising up the big boards but seems like a bit of a reach to trade up. And whats his position, G or C? Nfl.com has him as a c

  10. Aaron Says:

    Rumor was that Seattle was set to draft him

  11. nate_tweetz Says:

    Don’t mind the pick. Just not too sure they had to trade up to get him.

  12. FortMyersDave Says:

    For what it is worth Rotoworld has him listed as their 65th ranked athlete overall and 3rd best C on the board (behind FSU’s Erving and Mason from Ga tech). In contrast they have the Bucs other 2nd round pick: ranked 83rd overall and the 8th best OT,just behind Clemmings and Flowers but ahead of the OTs that the Lambs (Haverstein) and the Broncos (Sambrail nabbed in the 2nd round… So its safe to say that this is not a Dexter Jackson-like head scratcher, some oother scouts noticed the guy too and ranked him accordingly….

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    This guy will be a great guard. Let him spend time with Logan Mankins- and he will “get it” pretty quick.

    Another good pick. Finally- Bucs have a draft that makes sense!

  14. Capt.Tim Says:

    Patriots were gonna draft him. Doesn’t he sound like a typical pat lineman?

  15. grafikdetail Says:

    the bucs say they’re going for quality over quantity… i think they got too quality guys

  16. grafikdetail Says:

    but i would’ve preferred AJ Cann or Tre Jackson instead

  17. FortMyersDave Says:

    Capt Tim; its about time that the Bucs scooped the Pats for a change after all of these trades that simply have made the Bucs look like the old Montreal Expos in that Tampa gave up player after player and decent draft picks to the Pats and got very little in return besides an over the hill Mankins….. This under the radar guy is someone the national media would laud a team like NE for drafting and calling the Hoody a genius while it will be interesting to see if these same media ****s criticize Tampa for reaching….

  18. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    They upgraded it to a SECOND ROUNDER!

    Sheesh, it’s not rocket science people.

  19. dmatt Says:

    Why did we give up 20 spots in the fourth round to get this guy from a DIII school? We could’ve saved our spot in round 4 and still got this guy with our first pick in the 3rd round…better yet, we had the perfect opportunity to select Tra Jackson from FSU, joining Winston would’ve made him take his game up a notch. Didn’t understand this move.

  20. Stanglassman Says:

    He is our plug and play LG this season.

  21. Stanglassman Says:

    A really good Video on Marpet at the senior bowl if you want to check it out.


  22. Getaclue Says:

    Tra Jackson has a knee issue this guy didn’t allow a sack and has major upside he didn’t have any problem against d1 players at the senior bowl

  23. Bird Says:

    Hey. I appreciate the line moves. I hope he is better than cann who was there. Another thing, does the Gm or Warhop know they could get these guys when they pick. It’s player poker. And we are the guy u want at the table. I hope we are wrong. I just worry cause we r taking guys way before we should. Again. I am ridiculous when it comes to bucs
    But cmon man. Get guys when they r picked.

  24. FortMyersDave Says:

    Just looking at the picks in the third round and I have a question: how the hell did the Pats get a compensatory pick at the end of round 3 along with KC and the Bengals. The Bengals probably got theirs for the Bucs signings that ****ing bust Collins and Mike Johnson but how does NE get these picks every ***ing year? Note that the Bucs never merit a compensatory pick….

  25. dmatt Says:


    u r absolutely correct about that.

  26. iamkingsu Says:

    We didn’t have to trade up though. What did we give up I said all fuggin off season that the value of this draft was in the middle rounds

  27. HawaiianBuc Says:

    If we traded up, it’s because we believed a specific team was going to trade him. I’m going to go out on a limb and say they have better intelligence than we do. I don’t know the first thing about this guy, but if they traded up, then they probably had intel that was going to be necessary. Simple as that.

  28. Brandon Says:

    Marpet looked good at the Senior Bowl…. he was my second OG on my board, the first, was Laken Tomlinson and he was taken in round 1 surprisingly even to me. I had both pegged as 3rd rounders, however, though from watching both of them at the Senior Bowl, they did plenty to convince they will be good pro OGs.