TAMPA BAY – Greg Cosell already said Buccaneers’ top draft pick Logan Hall was the best 3t in the draft, which is a good enough compliment.

It appears as if one NFL executive agrees, and, they think he can even turn into an All-Pro player like DeForest Buckner of the Indianapolis Colts.

The Athletic‘s Mike Sando recently put together a piece interviewing anonymous executives from across league in order to get their unfiltered thoughts on how the draft played out and how their competition fared.

In the piece is the following quote regarding Hall:

“Logan Hall is a solid D-lineman who has the potential to be similar to someone like DeForest Buckner with time.”

The Buccaneers have hit a home run if Hall turns out to be a player of Buckner’s caliber

There’s no doubt about it. Buckner is a top-3 -arguably top-2- interior defender in the NFL. He has incredible length and size at 6-foot-7, 295-pounds, which is very similar to Hall’s 6-foot-6, 283-pound build.

Buckner isn’t your typical interior defender. He can stop the run and rush the quarterback at a very high level. The proof is in the stats – he has 36.0 sacks over the last four seasons. This includes a 12.0 sack year in 2019 and it also includes two Pro Bowl nods and a first-team All-Pro selection. He never had less than 7.0 sacks in a single season over that span.

Hall may not have the overall size and length that Buckner possesses, but he has better overall athleticism and has better twitch/lateral movement than Buckner did coming out of school. In other words: The tools are there for Hall to become one of the best interior defenders in the league. He just needs to make them translate in the NFL.

If Hall turns out to be like Buckner, not only would the Buccaneers’ decision to trade back and select him look like a genius move, but it would set up their defensive line for years to come. A piece like Hall next to a player like Vita Vea not only gives the Buccaneers one of the more fearsome interior defender duos, but it would allow Todd Bowles to continue experiencing the defensive success that he’s created over the last three seasons.

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