#1 The Bucs seem to always need help on the offensive line. von laiyongcai92 24.05.2019 10:43

"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections 2016 NFL DraftInjuriesFree AgencyGame FilmNFL DraftNFL DraftPlayer AnalysisBuccaneers Draft Profile - OG Cody FordNew Womens Vita Vea Jersey ,9commentsThe Bucs seem to always need help on the offensive line. EDTShareTweetShareShareBuccaneers Draft Profile - OG Cody FordCody Ford would instantly upgrade the Bucsí line Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsCody Fordís CareerDespite growing up in Louisiana, Ford committed to the Oklahoma Sooners coming out of high school. The 4-star prospect was considered one of the top 25 guards in the country and had originally committed to TCU. Ford redshirted his freshman year in 2015 and only started three games in 2016 before a broken fibula cost him the rest of the season. He appeared in 12 games in 2017, starting four at left guard. When Orlando Brown left for the NFL after the 2017 season, Ford dropped 15 pounds and moved to right tackle, where he started 14 games - earning a second-team All-Big 12 selection and a third-team AP All-American honor. Pros Ford has the size at 6-foot-4 and 338-pounds to play just about anywhere on the offensive line. Playing multiple positions in college should help as well, but he really showcased his skills at right tackle in 2018. It wouldnít be much of a stretch to think a team would turn him into an effective tackle, but due to his lack of experience at the position, he may be better suited at guard. Regardless, he should find success anywhere on the offensive line.He has the scarce combination of size and athleticism, which means he has tons of upside to fawn over. Stop me if youíve heard that one before, but there is plenty of potential there.A mauler off the line, Ford can also get down the field quickly, while simultaneously showing enough lateral quickness, power, and flexibility to mirror the better athletes on the defensive line. His length will come in handy in pass protection and he knows how to use every bit of it. He excels in space and knows exactly how to use his superior athleticism to his advantage.Heís also very good with his hands and if he is able to grab a hold of his assignment, itís usually a win for Ford. And the best part of all is the fact that Ford has shown a very high football IQ despite limited playing time. He is very good at processing what is coming at him once the ball is snapped. Fordís versatility gives him an added edge over his competition, but at the same time, it could result in teams viewing him more as a puzzle than a defined thought. Which leads us into the next section....ConsAs much as it is a pro, Fordís versatility is also a con. Weíve all seen how NFL teams can misuse a player, but thatís not against Ford. Still, it could present a problem down the road.He showed tremendous upside playing tackle in 2018, but was also helped by one of the best offensive lines in the country. He was a spot-starter before then and never really found a home on the offensive line before last year. If a team wants to play him at tackle then heíll need to work on his pass sets and his feet. He tends to lose track of where his feet are when he is overwhelmed. He will also struggle with some of the quicker pass rushers in the NFL, which may leave him better suited for the interior. He also tends to play a bit high, which will cost him leverage at the next level, but he has the strength to counteract those situations. Both his feet and his pad level causes him issues with body control at times, too. And of course, the broken fibula he suffered back in 2016 is a big red flag. Fortunately for Cody, thatís about the only red flag that is there. All of these traits can be corrected at the next level with proper coaching, so itís not like Cody is a major risk at all. Why The Buccaneers Need HimHa. Did you watch the Bucsí offensive line last season?Even though the team has one of the most expensive offensive lines in the league, there is still a lot left to be desired from the underachieving unit. The Bucs have a major hole at right guard, despite Jason Lichtís recent comments about Alex Cappa fighting for the starting spot. Caleb Benenoch will be moved to tackle after proving in 2018 that he is not capable of playing on the interior. They will also have a decision to make once starting right tackle Demar Dotson becomes a free agent after the 2019 season. Ford would provide the perfect plug-and-play option for Tampa Bay as a rookie. He could come in and fight for the starting guard position, while being groomed as Dotsonís replacement if the staff thinks he will translate better to tackle in the long run. And of course, if the Bucs view him strictly at tackle, then he could come in and compete with Dotson for the starting job. The sky is the limit for both Fordís NFL potential and the Buccaneersí potential use of the talented player. Will It HappenOh, it could definitely happen. Just not at fifth overall.Jameis Winston has already talked about how he wants to play at 250-pounds this season and itís not because he likes to eat ho-hos and ding-dongs. He knows that he is going to take some hits Bruce Arianís system. When you combine that with how many hits he took last year with the same offensive line, itís clear as to why it may be a long season for Winston. Therefore, itís integral to have as many pieces in place to protect him. Ford would not only improve the line, but he would much-needed depth for one of the most oft-injured positions in the game. Heíd also provide yet another young piece to go along with Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, and Ryan Jensen. The Bucs could have an elite starting four on the offensive intact for the next few seasons Womens Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , something that is rarely seen in Tampa Bay. If the Bucs canít get their guy at five, then there is no reason to think they couldnít trade back and nab Ford, which would still be a win-win situation. Obviously, availability is the biggest key to all of this, but if Ford is available at the right spot, it wouldnít be a surprise if you hear the Bucs call his name. The Buccaneers played another hot-and-cold game to wrap up the 2018 season on Sunday, blowing a 17-0 lead on their way to a 34-32 home loss to the Falcons. Jameis Winston played a very good game, while Mike Evans and Chris Godwin had huge days to wrap up their solid seasons. The defense started strong, but couldnít hold it together in the second half. However, none of what happened on the field at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday really mattered in the grand scheme of things. The same goes for the other NFC South game happening at the Superdome.Not long after the game ended, the Bucs announced the firing of head coach Dirk Koetter. On Monday, the Falcons announced staff firings of their own, though head coach Dan Quinn is still around. As for the other two teams, Sundayís game didnít impact much. The Saints still have home-field advantage in the playoffs, and there donít seem to be any changes coming for the Panthers.With all of that said, letís take a look at the game action itself from week 17 in the division. New Orleans Saints (13-3)With home-field advantage already locked up, the Saints rested Drew Brees and others for Sundayís game against the Panthers. The result was a 33-14 home loss that dropped the division winners to 13-3. Teddy Bridgewater got the start for New Orleans, but it was all Carolina early. Even without Cam Newton, the Panthers took a 30-0 lead into the fourth quarter. Overall, the Saints didnít have time to mount any sort of comeback. They were outgained 374-294 in the loss, turned the ball over once on offense and failed to force a turnover on defense.Bridgewater finished the day 14-of-22 for 118 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted in his first start since January of 2016. Dwayne Washington got a chance to shine at running back for New Orleans, picking up 108 yards on 11 carries. The quiet day for the Saintsí passing game meant the teamís leading receiver was rookie TreíQuan Smith (three catches for 30 yards and a score). Up Next: First-round bye in NFC playoffs... Will host the lower-seeded winner from the Wild Card Round in the Divisional Round on Jan. 12 or Jan. 13.Atlanta Falcons (7-9)The Falcons ended their disappointing season on a positive note, beating the Bucs 34-32 on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Things were looking rough early for Atlanta, with Tampa Bay taking a 17-0 lead late in the second quarter. Matt Ryan and the offense had nothing going for most of the first half, but a 75-yard drive that took only 26 seconds got the Falcons on the board before the break. From there, it was all Falcons for a while. What turned out to be a 31-3 run had Atlanta up 31-20 in the fourth quarter. Tampa Bay scored two straight touchdowns to go up 32-31 with 5:10 to go, but a perfectly-executed drive ended in a game-winning field goal by Matt Bryant. The Falcons put up 489 yards of offense in the win.Ryan finished his day with 378 yards and two touchdown passes (to one interception) on 31-of-44 passing. He also caught a touchdown pass from Mohamed Sanu to add to his big day. Sanu had seven catches and 90 yards of his own, while Julio Jones led the way for Atlanta receivers with nine catches for 138 yards and a score. Damontae Kazee came up with his seventh interception of the year in the win.Carolina Panthers (7-9)The Panthers, even without Cam Newton, finished their year with a 33-14 road win over the Saints. Rookie Kyle Allen replaced Newton under center, quickly getting things going in his first start with a one-yard touchdown run at the 10:04 mark in the first quarter. He later threw for two touchdowns as Carolina took a 30-0 lead into the fourth quarter. The Saints outscored the Panthers 14-3 in the final quarter, but it obviously wasnít enough. Allen and the offense didnít turn the ball over, while the defense forced one turnover. Carolina outgained New Orleans 374-294 in the win.Allen completed 16 of his 27 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. He added 19 yards and a touchdown on the ground, but had to leave the game early with a shoulder injury. Cameron Artis-Payne had a pretty solid day on the ground, rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. D.J. Moore led the team in receiving with 81 catches on four catches, but it was Curtis Samuel and Ian Thomas finding the end zone. Colin Jones came up with the gameís lone turnover, an interception of Teddy Bridgewater.

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