Bucs trade back into second round, take Ali Marpet at No. 61

AP

The Buccaneers have doubled down on offensive line additions in the second round.

They took tackle Donovan Smith with the 34th pick of the round and then traded back up to the 61st pick in order to select Hobart offensive lineman Ali Marpet. The Buccaneers made the deal to move up with the Colts, who will also send the 128th pick of the draft to Tampa in exchange for the 65th and 109th selections.

Marpet played his college ball at Hobart, which isn’t known as a factory for future professional football players. That meant he had almost no profile heading into the pre-draft season, but quickly gained one through good performances at the Senior Bowl and combine.

Marpet played left tackle in college, but moved to guard for that Senior Bowl and has also been mentioned as a possibility to kick all the way inside to center. Jobs are up for grabs on the Tampa line after their poor showing last season.

10 responses to “Bucs trade back into second round, take Ali Marpet at No. 61

  1. I’ve been very critical of this regimes personnel moves, but at least they appear to have a coherent plan for this draft.

  2. I wouldn’t be upset if the Bucs spent the rest of their entire draft picking offensive linemen.

  3. Love this draft for my boys. Ali marpet takes his job seriously with a hard work ethic. Hope fully that rubs off on Donovan Smith, if so we look great on offense in a few years.

  4. wow, Licht is clueless. This is a franchise that will be picking top ten for the foreseeable future. Licht and Lovie will not see the end of Winston’s rookie deal. They are having the worst draft by far

  5. This is exactly what the Bucs need. Our previous GM, aka “Rockstar” Mark Dominick, would pride himself on not drafting offensive linemen.

    The Bucs need linemen the rest of the way throught the draft. Great pick!

  6. The Colts should have been trying to get one of those offensive linemen, scant as they are in tthis draft, to block for their own QB. They’re going to waste Luck’s career like the Broncos did with Elway when he was carrying horrible teams on his back all those years.

  7. jrob23 says:
    May 1, 2015 10:13 PM
    wow, Licht is clueless. This is a franchise that will be picking top ten for the foreseeable future. Licht and Lovie will not see the end of Winston’s rookie deal. They are having the worst draft by far

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    Your the one that’s clueless bro.. We just took a QB 1st overall. weather he is good or not you have to make that Attempt to make sure he doesnt hit to offen.. Nor can I say either line men we took will be good either but how can it be worst than last years line when mccown was running for his life.. I will say I’m still worried because when lovie was in CHI jay was running for his too and also draft linemen that didn’t work out. I just hope lovie learn something from those mistakes. But then again he could just be repeating few of them again…😭

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