Under The Radar

May 15th, 2016

radarYes, it sure seems unless Vernon Hargreaves screws up royally in preseason, at worst he will play nickel cornerback.

Defensive end Noah Spence should, at worst, be logging playing time on select passing downs.

Roberto Aguayo is already your Bucs kicker.

But what of the other Bucs draft picks? Well, Nick Klopsis of Newsday takes a look at an under the radar pick of each NFL team that could surprise fans. For the Bucs, Klopsis believes offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch is that kind of guy.

There are two ways to boost a young quarterback’s development. One of those ways is to make sure he stays upright, which is what the Bucs have done since taking Jameis Winston first overall in 2015. They added another big body by taking UCLA’s Caleb Benenoch in the fifth round. Benenoch projects as an athletic swing tackle who can move inside to guard if needed. He’s likely just a backup for now, but he eventually could work his way into the starting lineup or as an eligible tackle in short-yardage situations.

Of course, the ever-popular tackle-eligible player is Kevin Pamphile. But Klopsis is right in that Benenoch is likely a developmental player. It is a safe bet that when either Demar Dotson of Gosder Cherilus are done with their Bucs days, Benenoch will slide into the right tackle slot.

31 Responses to “Under The Radar”

  1. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    I think in 2017 pamphile is the starting RT and benenoch moves to the swing role pamphile does currently

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    Benenoch carried a 3rd round grade – so getting him in the 5th round was great value. Another athletic and versatile Olineman – and he’s got a good bit of playing experience already from a pretty major football program at UCLA.

    We may have lost our best (or at least most experienced) lineman in Mankins – but I would say our Oline is in pretty good shape moving forward.

  3. Bird Says:

    Even better if he can beat them out this year.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Think VH3 will make a great Buc……watch the clip of the rookies bowling with Tampa firefighters on Buc.com…..He is very engaging and genuine with the media.
    I’m hoping that Ryan Smith ends up being the biggest sleeper for us……if he can make the transition to Safety and end up starting it will have been a steal for us.

  5. 1sparkybuc Says:

    The best secret weapon for Jameis is Vitale.

  6. Pa Privateer Says:

    Since we obtained licht as GM, the late round picks are becoming exactly what we want. Players who just need some time to develop with the correct coaching. Benenoch started many games for UCLA, Vitale is an incredible athlete with great hands, Smith has great ball skills and blazing speed. These guys just need some time to develop. Don’t forget our late round picks and UDFA from last year and this year. Bell could contribute as well if his injury has healed. Lots of positives to our late rounders and UDFAs compared to taking flyers from previous regimes.

  7. Bucamania Says:

    Licht is building some nice depth on the OL.

  8. Kevin Says:

    All I know is I want to see Banks get an opportunity to be a lock down corner. Its his 3rd year now is the time to push him out thw nest and see if he can fly. Vernon Hargraeves should do just fine at nickel. Grimes xan hold his own on the outside with verner rotating at both nickel and outside. Also the guy from Minnesota we have a SOLID group of corners. Hopefully smith pans out really nice at saftey. This is friekin awsome Im smelling playoffs in 2016 baby!!!!!

  9. Mike Johnson Says:

    Banks a lock down corner? Now that’s a laugh.

  10. BigHogHaynes Says:

    HA! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  11. salish_seamonster Says:

    Benenoch and a few of the UDFA Olineman (Wester and Robertson) likely put Cherilus on the streets sooner rather than later.

  12. ndog Says:

    See bighog the problem is you think Lovie actually coached these guys properly. That is why you don’t expect much, but you might be quite surprised.

  13. Kevin Says:

    Hes never had the chance always been told to trust the saftey over the top…not once has they guy ever been allowed to jam the reciever, throw him off the route and stay with him…..second round pick he deserves a shot

  14. godzilla13 Says:

    Caleb Benenoch will probably get little or no playing time this year. OL has more depth than any other position on this team. Our second string could start on some teams. He is going up against Gosder Cherilus, Evan Smith, Kevin Pamphile and the ever present Garrett Gilkey. Never say die Garett. Benenoch could end up being Demat Dotsons replacement. I see Kevin Pamphile playing center next year. Over the past two years drafts Kevin Pamphile and Kenny Bell are the only two players left past the fourth round. The under the radar player I think we are all hoping for is Ryan Smith at Safety. In coverage with our Safety group is still a concern.

  15. Pat Says:

    I’m picking Bond as my sleeper. I still see a young lt56.

  16. Buccaneers Says:

    I still don’t know how Licht managed to fix our entire Oline in one offseason. Does anybody remember how bad they were in 2014? Can you imagine if the same has been done for our Dline!

  17. Buc1987 Says:

    Banks played solid for Schiano….but of course you numbskulls never saw that.

    Verner was a Pro Bowler for the Titans before he got here…but again you never saw that.


    You choose to forget, because Lovie is a defensive God in your minds when most of us know the REAL reason you two come to his defense every single day. It has nothing to do with his coaching abilities and everything to do with you know what. He’s ________ so he can do no wrong.

    Let’s just say you defend him like a brother…hmmmm

  18. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    That’s pretty neat that this guy picked Benenoch bcuz I would’ve pick either Ryan Smith (our new Dwight Smith from SB era) or Vitale (our new Superback).

    I think both of those guys will be stars, along with our top 3 draft choices.

  19. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    I agree. Alterraun Verner said it plain as day in an interview a couple weeks ago…

    To paraphrase, he said that ‘the scheme and design of the defense was so poor/ineffective under Lovie that it didn’t matter who the cornerback was, they were not going to be effective. They were basically setup to fail no matter what, bcuz of the horrible scheme.’

  20. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Don’t sleep on Kenny Bell this season 😉 …. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWaQzutddHs

  21. Dave Says:

    I try not to predict if a player from the draft will be good or not. Sometimes there are exceptions when it is very obvious, like Winston. A player who has not had a chance yet, but if you watch him in college, has all the tools to be a damn good second or third receiver, is Kenny Bell.
    He is fast, quick, good hands, can really jump, all-time leader in yards and receptions for Nebraska I think. If he is healthy, I think he is the slot WR…. We shall see.
    The other guy is from this draft. The more I watch Spence, he is going to be s terror off the edge. He is just a natural speed pass rusher like Von Miller. Not comparing him, just saying the speed and instincts are there. If he has a chip to be great because of getting thrown out of Ohio state and dropping in the draft because of his mistakes, then fantastic. Hopefully he uses that as a chip on his shoulder, if so, he could end up being a very special pass rusher for the next decade.
    I’m also with a lot of other people on here — I think Ryan smith has x chance to excel at safety.

  22. Sacbuc$ Says:

    87 you forgot He got rid of Revis.lol

  23. Sacbuc$ Says:

    I think Banks and all our players in contract years deserve a chance to show case there skills. It’s only fair to our talent scouts and draft department. It’s nice to draft develop and build our own guys. Those are strong organizational traits.

  24. BigHogHaynes Says:

    @ndog: yes mr. ndog I think we lacked talent, were they being coached up, I don’t know, maybe they never could pick up the so called “my scheme” but if it was coaching, so be it, I have consistently stated that LOVIE did not win enough, but yet I believe he deserved another year! Moving forward I think there will be at least 3 new starters in our defensive back/field! Thanks for the debate ndog! Now onto Buc1987: now you say Verner was a pro/bowler before he got here and either LOVIE or his FRIENDS&FAMILY coaching staff set him back, that would be the same logic I would use for JFREEMAN when Schiano showed up, LOVIE is a BLACK man who didn’t turn this club around fast enough, now it’s Coach K’s turn!! PKAY/OFFS OR BUST!2016! LOVIE DEFENDER, you can call me that, I’ve been called worse !

  25. MadMax Says:

    High of, you lost me….you tried to defend freefree….that’s sacrilege around here….you should know better!

  26. MadMax Says:


  27. BigHogHaynes Says:

    You guys know just what I know nothing, who know what really happened between Free and Coach Toes on the Line, my thought is Free was not Toe’s cup of tea so he went in on him, undermined, made it hard for him to do his job by exposing all his dirty laundry, every QB in this league has had a couple of bad game or three, to me coach Toes was a big ass jerk and undercover bigot! That’s my thought! There are 32 starting QB’s in the league, how many would you say have a drug issue or problem? I sure as hell don’t know but I wouldn’t say zero!

  28. MadMax Says:

    Look, I feel you on all of that. But Freeman was going through something more. I dont know what it was, doesnt matter now, but it was obvious he had issues in controlling himself enough to get in the game. Remember that first game he QB’ed for the Vikings after we let go of him? It was a record performance for interceptions or something on a monday night football game. Obviously the right decision was made as he’s still unemployed in the NFL.

    I was one of the first advocates on this site to take him off the field back when it was first starting. I saw it, and a few others saw it. Thats when Joe started calling us the Mike Glennon Mob because we wanted him over Freeman.

    The great news though is now we have Mr. Winston. And if it hadnt been for Lovie sucking so bad we wouldve never landed him. Things happen for a reason…..Im a firm believer in that.

  29. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Two different train of thoughts, nobody goes to jail, and we are free to post tomorrow, what a country we live in. Good points on your return post!

  30. MadMax Says:

    And not to take away from this article….I think Caleb, Smith and Vitale will turn into solid contributors. That along with our first 3 picks equals why I was calling this draft a grand slam plus right afterwards. Im not expecting playoffs this year (been saying that). Its a tough schedule. But 7 wins and seeing some solid growth is what Im looking for. We’re still going to need some WR help next offseason/draft. Maybe another high pick DT/DE. But we’re well on our way.

  31. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    If some of you forgot Banks had a very solid season and was developing quit well beforeLovie came around and stalled his terrible scheme.

    And in that scheme he had the corners play 10 yards off so how are you suppose to lock a WR down? Last year was a wash imo so I’m excited to see if Banks can get back on track and keep developing like he was. You can laugh all you want but he can still become a lock down corner. He was never given a chance to become one. Maybe this year he will, of course he’s not gonna all of a sudden lock every receiver down but he’s still very young and has the talent and size to become a very good corner in this league. He didn’t win the Thorpe award for no reason ppl. (How VH3 or even Ramsey didn’t win that reward is a little puzzling as well)