Following the 2018 NFL Draft, Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton went through all 32 teams and selected a “biggest rookie surprise” for each team, meaning a player who was drafted who may not have been the star of the class on draft night but could be a key player in the team’s development when it’s all said and done.
For the Buccaneers, Wharton picked Alex Cappa, the third round offensive lineman from Humboldt State,
Three years after finding a huge success story in Hobart guard Ali Marpet, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht went back to the small-school well in Round 3 to draft Alex Cappa. Considering Demar Dotson hasn’t played a full season since 2014, Cappa can be the latest Day 2 success story for Licht.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Cappa dominated his competition and drew NFL attention. He’s a power-blocker despite being light for his frame, combining advanced hand work and leverage play. He often threw defenders out of the way as if he were competing against middle schoolers.
That won’t happen as much in the NFL, and Cappa must continue to add muscle to improve in the run game. But he’s likely to get the chance to play, and if he does, he’s one of the rare Division II rookies who could make an impact.
Cappa is going to have a chance to play as a guard and a tackle for the Buccaneers, and that versatility could earn him some playing time early and make Wharton’s prediction a correct one.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: email@example.com