Sears will play guard
Sears said he fully expects to play guard with the possibility of some action at right tackle, if necessary. That clarifies a bit the initial ambiguity about the Bucs' plans for Tennessee product.
Sears played mostly tackle for the Vols but his body type is better suited to be a guard in the NFL, most scouts feel. At 6-3 and 328 pounds, Sears should help the Bucs' interior line play which should, in turn, boost the running game.
"I'm pretty certain that offensive guard is what everyone has been looking at me to play," Sears said, "to come in and help the football team be able to to run the football."
Sears deflected talk that his weight has been a past issue. The topic came up during the pre-draft process, but Sears said he has control of it.
"It's definitely not a struggle," Sears said. "I can get to any weight that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want me to get to. It's never been a problem in my career. I got up to, I think, 335 in my sophomore year after the surgery I had. But it's definitely not a problem."