In this positional breakdown, we look at the offensive tackles in this year's draft from a Bucs perspective.
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Here's a look at my top 10 OTs in this year's draft:
1. T.J. Clemmings - Pitt
6'5'' - 309 lbs - 5.14
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Clemmings is as physically gifted as any offensive lineman in this draft. The potential with Clemmings is through the roof, but his current film is much better than people give him credit for. I really like Clemmings equally in pass protection and the run game.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Clemmings was a big disappointment at the Senior Bowl, which is not a reason to pass on him, but it might have exploited his lack of experience. He tends to think too much instead of just playing, which is due to a lack of experience at the position.
6'7'' - 313 lbs - 5.18
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: I could make an argument that Peat is the most polished of all of the offensive tackles in this draft. He has good technique and plays with excellent power.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: I wouldn't feel comfortable with Peat at left tackle. He can struggle against speed rushers off the edge.
6'5'' - 306 lbs - DNP
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: If Ogbuehi doesn't tear his ACL in the bowl game this past December, he's the top offensive tackle in this class. He's big, strong, has very long arms, and is very athletic. I think Ogbuehi has a future at left or right tackle in the NFL. I'm not buying into his struggles at left tackle in 2014 as long-term issues. With more experience at the position he will be fine.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: You can't ignore a torn ACL on an offensive tackle. Ogbuehi will likely start next season onthe PUP list, and might not play the entire season. There is also the risk that he does not come back to the player he once was.
6'5'' - 307 lbs - 5.12
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Humphries is as athletic as any offensive tackle in this draft. He can become an elite pass protector in the NFL and has the ability to play left tackle, while most linemen in this draft are limited to the right side.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Humphries lacks ideal strength and girth to be a dominant offensive tackle in the NFL.
6'6'' - 306 lbs - 5.01
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: A lot of boxes can be checked when watching Fisher. I like his size, his reach, and the nastiness he plays with. I think he has the ability to play on either side of the line, but I think I'd feel a little more comfortable with his at right tackle. Fisher is a hard-nosed player I like to have on my offensive line.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Fisher tests better than he shows on film. At the combine, his numbers were as good as any other lineman. However, he is stiff on film, which makes me believe he might struggle with some of the elite pass rushers in the NFL if he plays left tackle.
6'4'' - 305 lbs - 5.12
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: I really like Collins as an offensive tackle, but I may like him even more at guard. He plays with plenty of power and aggression. He also finishes blocks.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Collins lacks ideal length, which will allow edge defenders to get into his chest or allow them to beat him off the edge.
6'6'' - 329 lbs - 5.31
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Flowers is a massive right tackle who plays with plenty of power. I also think he is athletic enough to handle edge rushers from the right tackle position.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: I just don't get Flowers' technique. One of the most important aspects of pass protection for an offensive linemen is the punch. With a proper punch, an offensive lineman can stun a defender and position his hands properly within the middle of the defenders breast plate. Flowers punch comes from the outside as if he's going to grab the defenders shoulder pads. This technique allows defenders to get into his chest far too often. This flaw can be corrected.
6'6'' - 338 lbs - 5.27
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Smith is an underrated prospect in this draft. At Senior Bowl week, the announcers did not know who he was, but they knew he was performing well. Smith is a massive body that can move. I think he can play tackle or guard in the NFL.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Overall athleticism is obviously lacking from most men weighing 338 lbs. Smith is limited to right tackle, but may ultimately need to move to guard in the NFL if he can't improve as a pass protector.
6'5'' - 327 lbs - 5.34
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Williams is your stereotypical right tackle. He plays with strength and aggression. Williams is very good in the run game as he is quick out of his stance, engages with the defender, and tries to drive them into the ground on every play.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Like most right tackles, Williams will struggle with speed rushers. He lacks quickness and athleticism.
6'7'' - 321 lbs - 5.46
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: He may not look the part at times, but Havenstein is surprisingly good on film. He did an excellent job against Nebraska's Randy Gregory. Havenstein is your typical Wisconsin right tackle who plays with a ton of strength and power.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Havenstein is very stiff as an athlete and struggles with knee bend. Because of this, he tends to stand very tall and expose his chest to defenders. Also, with his lack of athleticism, I wouldn't ask Havenstein to pull or get to the 2nd level often.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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