Bucs Will Be Focused on OL at Senior Bowl

As Senior Bowl week kicks into gear on Tuesday, the Bucs coaching staff will have plenty of time to watch players on both squads after declining a chance to coach in the game. A position of need for the Bucs this off-season will be along the offensive line. The 2015 might lack pure left tackles, but the overall depth of talent seems to be solid.

As Senior Bowl week kicks into gear on Tuesday, the Bucs coaching staff will have plenty of time to watch players on both squads after declining a chance to coach in the game. A position of need for the Bucs this off-season will be along the offensive line. The 2015 might lack pure left tackles, but the overall depth of talent seems to be solid.

While some Bucs fans and media seem to be a little skeptical of Demar Dotson at left tackle, I actually like the fit. I think Dotson's natural position is at left tackle because of his athleticism in pass protection, and that he will continue to improve at that position with more experience. Outside of Dotson, all positions are up for grabs.

As I stated, this draft lacks pure left tackles, and it is no different at the Senior Bowl. One of my favorite players heading into draft season is Pitt OT T.J. Clemmings. Clemmings is a former basketball player who converted to football to play defensive line during his first three years at Pitt. His last two seasons have been at right tackle where he displayed the athleticism of a basketball player with the tenacity of a defensive lineman. I think Clemmings could help himself more than others this week and move into the top 10 picks.

Other offensive tackles that might be more realistic to the Bucs in other rounds of the draft include Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo, Wisconsin's Rob Havenstein, and LSU's La'el Collins. Collins is the most talented of these three linemen, but I question whether he is a left tackle in the NFL. Collins might be better suited at right tackle, but could also project as a potential pro bowl guard. With the Bucs picking at the top of round 2, if a player like Collins slips a bit, he might be a target for them.

Rob Havenstein is the definition of power, strength, and brute force. He is a pure power right tackle. Obviously, I'd have concerns with him against pure speed rushers, but his size (6'7'' 330 lbs) and long arms help him make up for his lack of athleticism. Like most pure power right tackles, Havenstein is projected as a mid round pick. He might be a nice target for the Bucs in the 3rd or 4th round, but could sneak into the 2nd round with a solid week at the Senior Bowl.

Colorado State's Ty Sambrailo looks like he could have the pieces to being a left tackle. I'm mostly concerned with Sambrailo's lack of power and strength when watching him on film. There are times where he gets pushed around a little bit. Sambrailo's technique and pass protection seem pretty good, but he's not the tenacious physical lineman I'd be looking for.

The Bucs will also be focused on the guard play as well. Three guards stand out heading into this week. Duke's Laken Tomlinson is just a massive guard, but I'd love to see him be a little more tenacious. He has good movement for a man his size (6'3'' 323 lbs) though. FSU's Tre Jackson is a really balanced lineman who sits well in pass protection and drives well in the run game. Alabama's Arie Kouandjio is a typical strong guard who lumbers a bit. Kouandjio should be a mid round pick, while Jackson and Tomlinson will wind up as 2nd/3rd round options.

The good news for Bucs fans is that the Bucs will have many options in other rounds outside of the 1st round to drastically improve their offensive line.


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