The last piece of the 2021 rookie class puzzle has been filled. The Bucs have signed offensive lineman Robert Hainsey to his rookie contract on Wednesday, per Rick Stroud. The deal is for four-years.  Hainsey was the last rookie from the Bucs’ 2021 draft class to sign with the organization.

It comes at the right time as well with rookies reporting for training camp on July 21st. They were supposed to report on Tuesday, but the Bucs were visiting the White House and meeting the president. Training camp for the entire Bucs roster will start on Sunday, July 25th.

Hainsey was selected in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame. He was a three-year starter at offensive tackle and two-time captain at his college. He’ll help add depth to the Bucs’ offensive line, who have backup tackle Josh Wells and backup guard Aaron Stinnie as the most reliable linemen after the starters. If you recall, Stinnie took over for Alex Cappa in the postseason after he suffered a season ending injury and did a formable job filling in.

What enticed the Bucs to select Hainsey was the versatility they saw from him in the Senior Bowl. Hainsey only played tackle at school but was willing to take reps at center and guard in front of scouts even though he’s never played there before.

The Bucs like the new versatility that he brings to the roster. They have options to play him almost anywhere on the offensive line. It could potentially lead to a starting position in a season or two from now depending on if the Bucs choose to re-sign Cappa and Ryan Jensen.

“We see him as a real versatile guy,” general manager Jason Licht said after drafting Hainsey. “He has all the traits that our current group has. I think he’s going to fit in great. He’s going to be a guy that we can hopefully plug in a four positions; be a four-spot guy at some point.”

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fredster
2 days ago

This might have been a brilliant pick if he’s starter material in season or two. You Can’t wait until it’s time to replace Cappa or Jensen possibly you have to think about it before it’s time. Gives you options.

pinkstob
2 days ago

Great stuff! He’s my favorite pick in this draft class so I look forward to seeing him the preseason games and hearing about him in training camp.

scubog
Reply to  pinkstob
2 days ago

Pink: I have you covered if you want to join me at Bucs practice Saturday July 31st and Saturday August 7th. Let me know. I couldn’t find you real contact info, so I hope you have mine.

bucballer
2 days ago

I like this kid Hainsey! Hope he proves to be that versatile player that can play all the positions on the line. Also like the kid out of South Carolina who was an undrafted pickup, Sadarius Hutcherson. Big kid too. It’s like getting an extra draft pick! Two solid prospects for depth or possibly even a starter.

Horse
2 days ago

It won’t belong before he is a starter. He has all the tools. go Bucs!