The Bucs began the third day of the NFL Draft with the selection of guard Kadeem Edwards in the fifth round, and then traded back up into the fifth round to acquire Purdue OT Kevin Pamphile. A two-year starter for the Boilermakers, Pamphile also has the versatility to play guard.
After drafting an offensive lineman in Tennessee State guard Kadeem Edwards in the fifth round, Tampa Bay traded back into the fifth round and selected another one in Purdue left tackle Kevin Pamphile a few spots later. The Bucs traded their seventh-round pick in 2014 to Buffalo, in addition to the 2015 fifth-round pick the team acquired after trading center Jeremy Zuttah to Baltimore in next year's draft to acquire Pamphile.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Pamphile had a solid, yet unheralded career at Purdue where he played left tackle. Pamphile started every game during his senior season at left tackle. He appeared in all 13 games as a junior, starting nine as the Boilermakers' blindside protector. He began his Purdue career as a defensive lineman in 2010 before moving to offense during the 2011 season.
Pamphile, whose nickname is "Big Kev," was not invited to the NFL
Scouting Combine, but showed off his athleticism at the Purdue pro day
where he ran a 4.92 and a 4.94 in the 40-yard dash and a 32-inch
vertical leap. He also had a 9-foot broad jump and bench pressed 225
pounds 25 times, which is good for a player with over 34-inch arms.
Pamphile, who was listed as a sixth-round pick in PewterReport.com's Final 2014 Bucs' 7-Round Mock Draft,
also has the ability to play inside at guard where the team could use some help with Carl Nicks still recovering from two toe surgeries and the Bucs having some unsung candidates to start in Jamon Meredith, Oneil Cousins, Patrick Omameh and Jason Foster. But the Bucs view the athletic Pamphile as more of a candidate to be a swing tackle due to his athleticism.
Anthony Collins will start at left tackle and Demar Dotson will start at right tackle in Tampa Bay. Meredith is the current swing tackle on the depth chart, but if he becomes a starting guard as expected, the team needs to have another viable option to fill that role, and that will likely be Pamphile, especially during his rookie season.
“I can any position, except center,” Pamphile said. “It’s kind of hard for me to snap. I can play either side; it’s not a problem for me at all.”
Pamphile was brought in for a pre-draft visit by the Buccaneers and he said that interaction played a vital role in him being selected by Tampa Bay.
“Coming in and visiting I felt at home, I felt the family warmth and everything,” Pamphile said. “I loved the coaches. Lovie Smith was a great guy. The offensive line coach, a great dude, I really enjoyed the meeting we had. I just felt comfortable and I know they felt the same way. I had a feeling it would be them.”Here are Pamphile’s 2013 highlights from the Ohio State game.
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