TAMPA — The Bucs continued to address their needs on the offensive side of the ball during day three of the NFL Draft today, but their focus clearly moved away from the skill positions.
The Bucs spent their first pick of the day, a fifth-round selection, on Tennessee State guard Kadeem Edwards and another fifth-round selction, obtained in a trade, on Purdue tackle Kevin Pamphile.
The Bucs gave their seventh-round pick in this year’s draft and one of the two fifth-round picks they possessed in next year’s draft to the Bills for the opportunity to add Pamphile to the mix.
Both newcomers have Florida ties. Edwards played his high school ball at Seminole High in Sanford and was part of that school’s 2008 Class 6A State championship team.
Pamphile played his high school ball at Miami Central, where he was a star basketball player (20 points, 11 rebounds as a senior) until finally going out for football during his senior year.
Despite his late start in the game, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Pamphile quickly made an impact on the football field, first as a defensive lineman then as a offensive tackle, who started each of his last two years at Purdue.
The 6-4, 313-pound Edwards was a four-year starter at Tennessee State.