In this positional breakdown, we look at the interior offensive linemen in this year's draft from a Bucs perspective.
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Here's a look at my top 10 interior offensive linemen in this year's draft:
1. Cameron Erving - FSU
6'5'' - 313 lbs - 5.15
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Erving will likely end up as a pro bowl center in the NFL. He is athletic and plays with excellent power. Erving's quick transition to center in 2014 shows the understanding and football knowledge necessary to make line calls in the NFL.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Erving is limited on experience at center. While we can assume he'll continue to improve at the position moving forward, NFL defensive fronts can be a little more complex, so the mental game will be very important for Erving to stay on top of.
6'5'' - 319 lbs - 5.05
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Scherff's game is power. He uses his strength well in the run game. Scherff is an experienced linemen who played left tackle at Iowa, but will be a solid guard in the NFL. His experience leads to him recognizing things the defense does before they do it.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Scherff is not Zack Martin from a year ago.I think Martin is much more athletic than Scherff is. Scherff is stiff in pass protection and relies more on his strength in pass protection than staying in proper position at times.
3. Tre Jackson - FSU
6'4'' - 330 lbs - 5.52
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: There's so much to like about Jackson. He's experienced after starting 42 games at FSU. Jackson also plays with great power and balance. Despite his slow 40 time, Jackson shows up well when pulling and sealing off defenders in the run game.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Jackson isn't overly athletic. While I think he can be solid pulling in the run game, I'm not a fan of him on screen passes and in open space. Jackson is a strong guard, but these type of guards can be found in the middle rounds of the draft too.
6'5'' - 313 lbs - 5.33
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Tomlinson is very good in the run game and driving defensive linemen off the ball. I also think he can take up a lot of space in pass protection, making it hard for the defender to get around him and to the quarterback. Being a 4-year starter at Duke likely means the intelligence is there as well.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Tomlinson isn't as dominant or ferocious as I'd like him to be. I don't see the mean streak to finish off blocks.
6'3'' - 313 lbs - DNP
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Cann reminds me a lot of former Bucs OG Davin Joseph. I think he plays with good power from his lower body. He looks very athletic in his movement on film. I'm confident when he is asked to pull on run plays or screens.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: I'd like to see him play a little stronger in pass protection. He lets defenders into his chest a little too much for my liking.
6. Ali Marpet - Hobart
6'4'' - 307 lbs - 4.98
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Marpet is tough, strong, and athletic. It's hard to gauge what type of player he'll be, but he did what he was supposed to do against his level of competition by dominating everyone. I think it takes a very tough-minded individual with an extreme passion for football to play in division III. When I pair that mentality with his natural talent, it's too attractive to pass up.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Will he be overwhelmed in the NFL? The competition will be significantly tougher than he's ever had to deal with. I also have some concerns about Marpet keeping his weight up after playing at 200 lbs as a senior in high school.
6'5'' - 305 lbs - 5.14
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: I probably think Morse deserves more hype than he's gotten. He played left tackle at Missouri, but his skill set fits perfectly at guard in the NFL. He's a road grater who plays with a ton of effort to the whistle. I see good balance and athleticism for a guard in the NFL.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Don't draft Morse if you think he's a tackle. Morse's biggest issues are with rushes off the edge. He does not possess the length to play tackle in the NFL and struggles to turn and run pass rushers around the quarterback from that position. He will be a guard in the NFL.
8. Hroniss Grasu - Oregon
6'3'' - 297 lbs - DNP
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: There's an obvious love and passion for football with Grassu. He plays with excellent effort. Grassu is athletic in pass protection and in being able to move in the open field.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Grassu is not the biggest or strongest on the field. I think he can end up getting overwhelmed by the bigger and stronger nose tackles in the NFL.
6'4'' - 330 lbs - 5.19
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Harrison is a massive guard who moves surprisingly well. He has the athleticism to mirror the quicker defensive tackles and stay in position against stunts.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: For being such a big man, Harrison does not play with as much power as I'd like, nor does he finish off blocks. He was apparently benched for the first 2 games of 2014 for a lack of conditioning.
6'4'' - 307 lbs - 5.20
Why the Bucs Should Take Him: Glowinski might be the nastiest linemen in the draft. He finishes off blocks by driving defenders into the ground.
Why the Bucs Should Not Take Him: Pass protection is the biggest issue with Glowinski. His technique needs improving, but I do think he has enough athleticism to be successful at it.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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