With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking to become a more physically dominant down hill running team in 2010, they have scheduled a visit with Idaho Vandals guard / tackle prospect Mike Iupati (pronounced ee-YOU-PAH-tee) before the draft according to Chris Steuber of NFLScoutNetwork.com.
The 6-foot-5, 331-pound Iupati is widely considered as the best interior offensive line prospect coming out of the collegiate ranks this year. Even after being rated as the number one guard prospect some scouts and front office personnel ultimately feel that his pro position could lie outside at offensive tackle do to his unique combination of size, strength, and quick feet.
Iupati was a consensus All-American in 2009, after not allowing a sack in 13-games. He started 34 games at left guard for the Vandals since arriving on campus in 2006.
The Bucs have major concerns at LG with Arron Sears sitting out all of last season for an undisclosed personal reason and the lackluster performance turned in by swing guard Jeremy Zuttah. If Iupati is on the board in the second round he might warrant heavy consideration for a team like the Bucs who are looking to get a rushing attack jump started.