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Bucs Nab Versatile Zuttah in Third

With their first pick on the second day of the 2008 NFL Draft, the Bucs selected Jeremy Zuttah, a quick-footed lineman from Rutgers who played tackle for the Scarlet Knights but is seen as a guard on the pro level


Jeremy Zuttah displayed sound technique while at Rutgers and joins the Bucs as a third-round selection

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers already possess a young, talented offensive line, but with the first pick on the second day of the 2008 NFL Draft were able to add even more skill and versatility to the unit.

The Bucs tabbed Rutgers guard Jeremy Zuttah with their third-round pick, adding an experienced collegiate lineman who spent time at both guard and tackle while in school.

Taken with the 83rd overall pick, the 6-3, 303-pound Zuttah plays with excellent technique and consistency. Zuttah played both inside and outside along the offensive line in college but will likely play guard in the NFL.

Zuttah was a rock on Rutgers' offensive line throughout his 31-game career. Starting 27 contests, Zuttah won the award for the team's best offensive lineman in 2007. He also anchored an offensive front that allowed the fewest sacks in the nation in 2006 and the second-fewest sacks in 2007.

Also, according to Rutgers coaches, Zuttah finished his collegiate career without allowing a sack dating all the way back to the 2005 season.

This is the third straight year the Bucs have added a guard in the first three rounds of the draft. The team selected Davin Joseph in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft and picked up Arron Sears in the second round last year. In recent years, the Bucs have invested heavily in the offensive line, with the free agent signings of Luke Petitgout and Jeff Faine as well as the draft selection of Jeremy Trueblood.

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