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2018 Buccaneers mock draft: Tampa select G Quenton Nelson

With the seventh pick in the POD Community Mock the Bucs select...

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock and plenty of solid players are remaining on the board. Because we’ve had a small run on quarterbacks thus far, a plethora of talented players on both sides of the ball await the Bucs.

nrs001 is the lucky soul who is the acting general manager for Tampa. With the seventh pick in the Pride of Detroit Community Mock draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson. Here’s nrs001 with the rationale for the pick:

Ironically enough I’m on vacation about an hour south of the Tampa area. In doing my research of the current roster and potential needs, I had narrowed my biggest needs down to three areas: running back, interior lineman, and defensive backfield. The top three players on my board, in no particular order, were Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb, and Quenton Nelson. The previous picks made my choice quite easy.

What are the Buccaneers getting in Nelson? He is projected to play right guard for the Bucs. The Buccaneers signed Ryan Jensen to a 4 year, $42 million dollar contract at center and Ali Marpet will slide over to left guard. Sliding Nelson in at right guard will provide a strong interior line for at least the next two years (when Marpet’s contract is up).

Nelson is an absolute monster on the interior that can create holes for whoever is carrying the ball. He really drives off the ball and has good positioning with his feet. Nelson has amazing core strength. If I had to find a knock on him, he doesn’t always keep his head up into contact. That is something good coaching can work on. If the Buccaneers were lucky enough to snag Nelson, they’d secure a formidable force on their line for quite some time.

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