Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Things to Know: OL Alex Cappa

Get to know the rookie behind the free-flowing mane with these five fast facts.

View pictures of the Buccaneers' third-round pick, Humboldt State OL Alex Cappa. Photos by AP Images.

  1. He's a trenches guy.

Cappa only played one year on the offensive line in high school before redshirting his first year of college. Previously, he was a defensive lineman. He played offensive tackle after making the switch all throughout college and won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year award in each of the rest of his four seasons at Humboldt State. He projects now as an NFL guard, but Bucs' GM Jason Licht may see him as flexible enough to play any position on the line.

  1. He's putting Humboldt State on the map.

He's the highest drafted player out of Humboldt State ever and the first to be drafted out of the school since 1992, when the draft spanned 12 rounds. Cappa had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl this year, which increased his draft stock. Given his small school background, the Senior Bowl was the first true test for the offensive lineman matching up against NFL-caliber talent and seemingly knocked it out of the park.

  1. He's reliable.

Cappa started every game he played for the Lumberjacks across his four seasons with the team. He played in 10 games during the 2014 season, 12 games in 2015 (including playoffs), 11 games in 2016 and 10 games in 2017.

  1. He's grown into himself.

He came out of high school at just 240 pounds and wasn't highly recruited, receiving an offer only from Humboldt State. The Dublin, Calif. native now stands at 6'6" and 305 pounds and NFL.com has him projected as a potential starter in his draft profile.

  1. He was highly coveted.

The Buccaneers traded up into the third round to get Cappa. Tampa Bay traded its fourth and sixth round picks (No. 102 and No. 180 overall) with the Minnesota Vikings to get back into the third-round in order to draft Cappa at No. 94. The Bucs had previously traded away their third-round pick in the deal for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul from the New York Giants this offseason.

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