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Friday, May 2, 2014
Pre-draft glance: Offensive line

By Pat Yasinskas

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.