Bucs draft preview-offensive linemen
In my last article, I talked about the need for depth along the defensive line and what direction the Bucs may go if they are looking to add depth to their defense.
This article will focus on some players that the Bucs could grab at 32 to add depth along the defensive line.
Center Ryan Jensen and Guard Alex Cappa will be unrestricted free agents in 2002.
Jensen will be 30 years old when his contract expires, and the Bucs could decide not to re-sign Jensen.
He has played at an all-pro level for two years and brings a physical presence to the offensive line that was not there before his arrival.
Aaron Stinnie is the only backup right now on the roster with NFL experience. The Bucs need to add some depth along the offensive line, and some excellent linemen will be available.
The best center in the draft is Creed Humphrey from Oklahoma, and he could be there at 32 when the Bucs are on the clock.
He is tough, competitive, and knows how to use his hands to leverage the defender. He can get out on blocks and wall off opposing defenders.
Humphrey can be a starter from day one and has the potential to be a Pro Bowl-caliber player for years.
Humphrey has been a starter at center for three years at Oklahoma and has not allowed a sack.
Landon Dickerson from Alabama is another center that could be available at 32. It would be a reach for the Bucs to grab him at 32. He is projected to go somewhere in the second round.
Dickerson has good size at six foot five 330 pounds and has played guard and center while at Alabama. Dickerson is good in close and can move defenders off the ball.
Dickerson is smart and is comfortable calling out protections pre-snap.
The knock-on Dickerson is is has had some severe injuries. While at Florida State, Dickerson tore his ACL and suffered another ACL injury in December.
Dickerson is a player that can come in and start right away once he is medically cleared. He also has an advantage in that he played in a pro-style offense at Alabama.
Another player to watch is a guy that played in the Senior Bowl and did not even suit up last year due to COVID. Quinn Meinerz from Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Meinerz is an offensive lineman that opened a lot of eyes at the Senior Bowl, and he has shot up the draft boards of some NFL teams.
The Bucs love drafting offensive linemen from those small schools and then developing them into quality NFL players.
Ali Marpet is from Hobart College, and Alex Cappa is from Humboldt State. Both played at a Pro Bowl level last season.
Meinerz was the best offensive linemen at the Senior Bowl in his ability to drive defenders off the ball. He has good leverage and is very explosive off the ball.
I like Creed Humphrey, Landon Dickerson, and Quinn Meineroz as my top three offensive linemen for the Bucs at number 32.