Smith and Marpet, 2nd Round Choices Protect Bucs’ Future

NFL NEWS:Tampa Bay Bucs

The Bucs’ prioritized the offense some more in picking up Penn State’s tackle Donovan Smith and Hobart’s center Ali Marpet in the second round.

The biggest on-field question mark the Bucs needed to address on how they’ll protect first round choice FSU QB Jameis Winston. With Smith and Marpet on board, the offense just became a little less of a liability. The Bucs were left without a third round choice trading back into the second round for Marpet.

Here are the details on both.

Donovan Smith

The 6-foot-6 and 338 lb junior has the perfect size, is fleet on foot and has the ideal balance of what is needed from a tackle. He has the tendency, according to Dane Brugler and Rob Rang of NFL Draft Scout, of playing too high and needs to improve his knee bend and consistent technique.

He does an admirable job protecting the corner, but sometimes leaves too much space on the inside. He does have the ability to pick up the blitz and is quick to the second level without drawing penalties. He’ll be a valuable asset in the pass and will complement the run running a 5.27 on his 40 yard time in the Combine. Smith has been reliable starting 31 games at Penn State.

Ali Marpet

Ali Marpet

Ali Marpet

A product of Division III Hobart and William Smith, Marpet started 37 of 43 games. He did not allow a single sack in 2014. He’s also quick on his feet, has good strength, and held his own at the Senior Bowl. He’s had experience at all three offensive linemen positions, which is a great plus in this league given the need for versatility.

The biggest negative, according to NFL.com, is the fact he’s face inferior competition and gets caught leaning and lunging. Look for Marpet to move to guard.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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