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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Sears in the second



The Bucs went for offensive lineman Arron Sears of Tennessee with their first pick in the second round, giving them a player who can play multiple positions along the offensive line.

Sears has played every position besides center for the Vols, and he earned the Jacobs Award, given to the best blocker in the Southeastern Conference. Last season, he started all 13 games at left tackle. But prior to that, Sears

Clearly, the Bucs are showing a commitment today to bulking up in front -- on both sides of the ball. Sears gives the Bucs some versatility along the line in case of injury, plus he adds to the depth on the line that already was improved during free agency.

The Bucs have signed tackle Luke Petitgout and guard Matt Lehr, which should spice up the competition in training camp. Now, with Sears, maybe the Bucs don't lose as much sleep over Dan Buenning's season-ending knee injury from which he is not yet fully recovered nor do they wonder who will fill the need of being their swing tackle -- the guy who can add depth or fill in if necessary at both left and right tackle.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:45pm]


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