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Bucs NFL draft position analysis: Defensive tackle

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Published:   |   Updated: May 5, 2014 at 06:35 AM

The Buccaneers have six selections, including the No. 7 overall pick, in the 2014 NFL draft, to be held Thursday-Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Tampa Bay has one pick in each of the seven rounds, except the fourth — that pick was sent to the New York Jets to complete the 2013 trade for CB Darrelle Revis. For eight consecutive days, The Tribune will analyze the team’s needs at specific positions. Today: Defensive tackle.

The Bucs last used a premium pick on a defensive tackle in 2010, when they drafted Gerald McCoy and Brian Price with their first two selections. McCoy has made the past two Pro Bowls at the three-technique and the nose tackle spot has been fortified with the addition of free agent Clinton McDonald. McDonald and Akeem Spence will rotate at the nose, but more interior depth is needed in a Tampa 2 scheme that relies on playmakers up front.

On the Bucs roster

NFL

Player Ht. Wt. Age seasons

Everett Dawkins 6-2 300 23 1

David Hunter 6-2 301 24 2

Matthew Masifilo 6-3 280 24 2

Gerald McCoy 6-4 300 26 5

Clinton McDonald 6-2 297 27 6

Akeem Spence 6-1 307 22 2

Remaining NFL free agents

Adam Carriker 6-6 300 29 6

Johnny Jolly 6-3 325 31 6

Ryan Pickett 6-2 340 34 14

Dream pick

Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

The Bucs could trade down a few spots and still have a chance to land Donald, the ACC Defensive Player of the Year who registered 11 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Hidden gem

Will Sutton, Arizona State

Arrives to the ball in a hurry and with jarring force, but his weight issues may scare off some potential suitors.

 

Bucs history

Former first-round pick Warren Sapp sets the standard as the team’s second Pro Football Hall of Fame member. But the Bucs haven’t found a dynamic defensive tackle in the late stages of the draft since choosing Santana Dotson in the fifth round in 1992, and that was five head coaches ago.

 

The schedule

Wednesday: Quarterback

Thursday: Defensive back

Friday: Offensive line

Saturday: Defensive end

Sunday: Wide receiver

Today: Defensive tackle

Tuesday: Running back

Wednesday: Linebacker Thursday: Tight end

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