With new breaking today of Jeff Faine’s impending release, that moves Jeremy Zuttah to the center position while making the left guard position very thin. Ted Larsen would be the lone true left guard on the Buccaneers roster which means will have to be made. The Bucs are likely to chase free agent Carl Nicks and will have the possibility of chasing Ben Grubbs as well. If the Bucs miss on both, Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler will serve as the backup plan.
Bob Bostad was considered one of the elite offensive line coaches in college football. He boasts players like Gabe Carmini and Joe Thomas, each considered among the best young guards in the NFL. This year, Bostad has Kevin Zeitler and center Peter Konz as highly ranked Wisconsin linemen entering the draft. Zeitler is currently projected as a second round selection so the Buccaneers have a legitimate chance at getting Zeitler early. Not many college players have the opportunity to continue their professional careers with the coaches who developed them, especially when the coach is considered among the best. Though Zeitler played right guard for the Badgers, he is considered to have the tools to play anywhere along the interior line so left guard will be a fit.
While having Zeitler as a possible back up plan is a positive, selecting him would mean the Buccaneers would miss out on running backs and linebackers available in the early second round. The Buccaneers need depth desperately at far too many positions and while free agency is likely to fill some holes, the draft will be an integral part of the process. This is just another scenario for the Buccaneers draft, one which we really won’t be able to project until free agency is over. Still, this is shaping up to be one of the most active and talked about off-seasons the Bucs have had in a long time.