In what turned out to be a pleasant surprise for Boilermaker Football fans this afternoon, former Purdue Offensive Tackle Kevin Pamphile became the school's second player drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired the ninth pick in the fifth round in a trade with the Buffalo Bills and used it to select Pamphile.
Pamphile's selection came just two spots after Ricardo Allen was selected by the Atlanta Falcons. The Purdue senior from Miami, FL reportedly received a phone call from the Bucs and the subsequent news they were selecting him in the midst of texting Allen to congratulate his teammate on being drafted.
Pamphile's selection may come as a surprise to many. The two year starter had little draft buzz before his Pro Day, which reportedly rivaled the top offensive linemen in the Draft. After that, Pamphile was invited for an individual work out at the Buccaneers facilities. In that visit, sources close to the team reported that both the Bucs and Pamphile left feeling very impressed and like a match made in heaven.
To me, however, Pamphile's selection is no surprise. In his two years starting for the Boilermakers, he consistently showcased his big, sturdy frame, athletic ability in both run and pass blocking duties, and his versatility to play both the Guard and Tackle positions--all aspects of his game that the Bucs reportedly loved. Pamphile is still a very raw product, but he is oozing potential. His best football seems to be still ahead of him.
It is still unclear whether the Buccaneers will play Pamphile at Guard or Tackle, or ask him to split time at both positions. And it's also unclear whether the Bucs will ask him to start Week 1 of the regular season or take on more of a supporting role immediately. But, he will certainly add significant depth to one of last season's worst offensive lines in the league.
So, congratulations Kevin Pamphile for officially joining the NFL fraternity. We wish you the best in your future career. Boiler up!