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NFL Draft: Bucs take UCLA lineman Caleb Benenoch in fifth round

Caleb Benenoch was projected as a third-round pick.

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Caleb Benenoch was projected as a third-round pick.



After starting their draft on defense and special teams, the Bucs opted to pick offense in the fifth round. They drafted UCLA offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch with the No. 148 overall pick.

Benenoch was projected as a third-round pick. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound athlete began his college career at right tackle but started four times at guard as a junior.

Benenoch said he has more experience at tackle but doesn't know where the Bucs intend to line him up.

"I'm just trying to go out there and compete for whatever spot they decide to put me in," Benenoch said.

Benenoch began his football career accidentally in Katy, Texas; his Nigerian mother thought she was signing him up for soccer when he told her he wanted to play football. He started at fullback and nose tackle because of his footwork but moved to offensive line in high school. Benenoch developed into a four-star recruit and was part of a UCLA team that allowed only 14 sacks last fall - the second-lowest total school history.

His 4.98-second 40-yard dash was the best at his position at the NFL scouting combine.

[Last modified: Saturday, April 30, 2016 6:52pm]


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