Pre-draft glance: Offensive line

May, 2, 2014
May 2
Time to start our position-by-position look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the NFL draft nears. Let’s start with the offensive line.

Where things stand: This position group underwent a major offseason overhaul. Former starters Davin Joseph, Donald Penn and Jeremy Zuttah are gone. The team signed free-agent center Evan Dietrich-Smith and left tackle Anthony Collins. But there’s uncertainty at guard with no clear-cut starter on the right side and questions about the health of Carl Nicks.

What to watch for: The uncertainty at guard makes it very possible the Bucs will draft an offensive lineman early, perhaps even in the first round. They might have a shot at tackles Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews or Taylor Lewan. They could ask a rookie to slide to the interior or move Collins inside. Even if nothing happens in the first round, look for Tampa Bay to draft at least one offensive lineman.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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