The Bucs have selected Notre Dame offensive lineman Robert Hainsey with the 95th overall pick in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Entering the draft with no pressing needs after returning 22 starters from their Super Bowl-winning team, Tampa Bay opted to improve their depth along the defensive line with Washington edge Joe Tryon in the first and added a young, developmental quarterback in Kyle Trask in the second. In the third round the Bucs have opted to bolster their depth at offensive line with a versatile lineman in Hainsey.

Jon Ledyard wrote about Hainsey in Pewter Report’s Draft Preview + Bucs’ Best Bets for the guard position. Read his evaluation below.

“Hainsey was out of his depth at right tackle for Notre Dame last season,” Ledyard said. “He really did all he could to keep rushers at bay. Technically, Hainsey is more pro-ready than many players ahead of him on this list. He simply lacks the great physical gifts in length or power to compete with more tools-y players. In the NFL, almost everyone is toolsy, putting an onus on Hainsey to make a position switch, possibly even to center. He’s explosive, technical and competitive, all traits that could make him a fun fit in a zone heavy offense as a third or fourth round pick.”

Watch Hainsey’s Notre Dame highlight video below

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Alldaway 2.0
8 days ago

Great value and I like this day 2 pick more than Trask. Future interior OL and in the mean time he can be used as a third TE in jumbo formations.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Alldaway 2.0
8 days ago

This is miserable value, lol. At least, by any board on the planet other than PFF’s and (apparently) ours.

scubog
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 days ago

Haven’t you learned by now that those boards don’t mean diddly spit?

geno711
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 days ago

One of these days Licht is going to miss on an offensive lineman. However, he really never has on any draft choice of his in the 1st three rounds. Now there is always a 1st time.
In 2018 at pick 94, the Bucs took Alex Cappa. Hainsey and Cappa look similar to me except that Hainsey played at a major program and was a team captain. Walter Football in their rankings of 2018 – did not even rate Cappa.
Shows you how bad boards can be.

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  geno711
8 days ago

Hainsey in year 1 might be better than Cappa in year 4….

Alldaway 2.0
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 days ago

No, he is very good value. Better than Cappa coming out.

Naplesfan
Reply to  toofamiliar17
8 days ago

And how many NFL teams did you general manage to a Super Bowl championship?
We value the opinions of people who actually lay their careers on the line with their decisions, i.e. they have skin in the game … and whose decisions produce unassailable results.
Everyone else is just another person with an opinion, of which there are approximately seven and a half billion on this planet.

PissedOffBuc1988
8 days ago

Let’s goo

toofamiliar17
8 days ago

I’ll say in advance: I didn’t look at Hainsey in the lead-up to the draft. I fully scouted 92 players this draft season, putting the majority of my focus on going deep on positions at which I thought we COULD be likely to target players somewhat early – edge, all OL, CB, QB, RB. That’s 92 players, passing on or taking cursory looks at most of the WR, DL, S, TE, and LBs in the draft. And doing that, I never got to Hainsey. On most boards I’ve been able to find he was a 6th or 5th or, at… Read more »