More offense: Bucs take two linemen in fifth round
After not addressing their offensive line in the first two days of the draft, the Bucs did so twice in Saturday's fifth round, drafting Tennessee State guard Kadeem Edwards, then trading up six picks later to take Purdue tackle Kevin Pamphile.
Both played their high school football in Florida, then went to college up north, so it's a homecoming for both -- Edwards played at Sanford Seminole High near Orlando, while Pamphile played at Miami Central, for current USF assistant Telly Lockette. Edwards is 6-foot-4, 313 pounds, while Pamphile is 6-5 and 315 -- both, in theory, could compete for the team's opening for a starting guard.
Pamphile, yet another converted basketball player, didn't play football until his senior year at Miami Central, and even then did so on defense, tallying 12 sacks as a senior. He didn't switch to offensive line until midway through his third season at Purdue.
To deal up and take Pamphile, the Bucs sent the Bills a seventh-round pick in this year's draft, plus a fifth-rounder next year -- they had two, thanks to trading guard Jeremy Zuttah to Baltimore this offseason.
The Bucs used their first five draft picks on offense for the first time in the franchise's 39 drafts -- they had used the first four on offense three times -- in 1997 (including Warrick Dunn and Reidel Anthony), in 1994 (Trent Dilfer and Errict Rhett) and in 1978 (Doug Williams).