After taking an offensive lineman just six picks prior, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jumped up into the top of the fifth round to grab yet another athletic blocker to further deepen a unit that has seen plenty of overhaul this offseason.
Purdue's Kevin Pamphile will be the fifth new face added to the offensive line in 2014, and he brings an intriguing skill set to the table, though, it's one that will have to be refined quite a bit. The Bucs' new staff liked him enough to move up almost two full rounds from their seventh-round selection to secure him.
The moniker that new general manager Jason Licht jokingly applied to Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins also applies to Pamphile. The Miami native played basketball most of his high school career before trying football as a senior and earning a scholarship to play for the Boilermakers.
Though he's still fairly raw as a prospect, Pamphile brings great athleticism combined with the prototypical frame you look for in an offensive tackle. A converted defensive end, Pamphile switched over to the offensive side of the ball and eventually won the starting left tackle role.
Purdue OT Kevin Pamphile -- could be the best example of "raw clay" at his position. Needs time/coaching, but has all the characteristics.— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) May 6, 2014
With both Kadeem Edwards and Pamphile taken just a few picks apart, it's clear that the Bucs are trying to get more athletic along the offensive line, and they have faith in their coaching staff to be able to develop the raw talent that each of these players possess.
Look Who's Popular
Pamphile has drawn rave reviews from multiple outlets during the pre-draft circuit thanks to his combination of size, athleticism and overall upside. Though he has plenty of work to do before he's a finished product, it seems national analysts like Rotoworld's Josh Norris are impressed by what Pamphile brings to the table:
#Bucs just took one of my favorite day three OL in Kevin Pamphile. Very strong player. Feet can get stuck in mud, but he has talent.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) May 10, 2014
Depth is Vital
Injuries are inevitable in the NFL, and no unit has been more decimated in Tampa Bay over the last few seasons like the offensive line. Though a tackle wasn't seen as a huge need for the Bucs after adding Anthony Collins to replace Donald Penn, Pamphile should be a valuable asset as a swing tackle who can provide insurance in the event on an injury on either side.
The Bottom Line
At 6'5", 315 pounds, Pamphile looks the part of an NFL left tackle and has the natural skills present to develop into just that. He's a bit older than many prospects, as he turns 24 later this year, but he's exactly the type of athletic blocker with tons of upside that it seems Jeff Tedford is after for his scheme.