clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

2016 NFL mock draft: Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Ronnie Stanley

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Ronnie Stanley with the ninth pick in the POD Community Mock Draft.

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

With the ninth pick in the Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley. Harrington HOF is the acting general manager for the Bucs. Below is the rationale for the pick:

The Buccaneers have several needs, coming off a disappointing 6-10 season which ended in Lovie Smith's dismissal and the promotion of Dirk Koetter to HC. With the best cornerback and defensive ends taken, the next logical choice is a top offensive tackle who excels in pass protection. The Bucs need to protect their invaluable investment in Jameis Winston and have invested heavily in the offensive line the past few years, with second-year LT Donovan Smith improving, and the Bucs scoring a major win with Ali Marpet at RG. They also overspent -- err acquired -- J.R Sweezy from the Seahawks and added former Falcons center Joe Hawley as well. The trend will continue with the quick-footed Stanley, who can take over for Gosder Cherilus and lock down the right tackle spot for years to come. With increased pressure coming from the right side with pass rushers such as Von Miller, J.J. Watt and a slew of others, RT's need to be as good if not better at pass protection than LT's nowadays and Ronnie Stanley can either step in day one at RT, or eventually relieve Smith of LT duties.


Check out our 2016 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.

Subscribe to PODD

After winning their first NFC North title in 30 years, the Lions have unfinished business this offseason. Stay updated with Jeremy Reisman through Pride of Detroit Direct, our newsletter offering up exclusive analysis. Sign up with NFCNORTH30 to get 30% off after your free trial.