BUCS PRE-DRAFT VISITS-WORKOUTS: OL
The Buccaneers will be adding at least one offensive lineman in the 2015 NFL Draft and have spent the offseason focusing on tackles and guards. PewterReport.com has had Colorado State tackle Ty Sambrailo, whose pro day was attended by Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop, and Florida State guard Tre` Jackson in a previous version of its 2015 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft before and has Pittsburgh’s T.J. Clemmings in its current edition. The Bucs also attended Boston College’s pro day and met with center Andy Gallik afterwards. It is unknown if Sambrailo and Gallick worked out for the Bucs or if they are scheduled to visit One Buc Place at this time.
Every NFL club is allowed 30 visits to their team’s facility. NFL teams like the Bucs can work out as many draft prospects away from team facilities as they would like. Here is a list of offensive linemen the team has scouted in either visits to One Buc Place or personal workouts at the players’ respective schools or hometowns.
*UPDATED: 4-8 Florida State OT-C Cameron Erving*
Erving was one of four offensive lineman that Warhop privately worked out on April 8 at Florida State when the Bucs’ brass descended on Tallahassee to privately work out quarterback Jameis Winston. Erving was Winston’s blindside pass protector for a year and a half before moving to center midseason in 2014. He wound up as an All-ACC performer at both positions and is expected to be a mid- to late-first-round pick.
Pittsburgh OT T.J. Clemmings
Clemmings is meeting with the Bucs, who like the fact that he has two years worth of experience at right tackle and the size, athleticism, quickness and frame to play left tackle. There are some similarities to Clemmings and Dallas’ Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith. Clemmings didn’t have a good showing at the Senior Bowl, which hurt his draft stock and could push him to the top of the second round.
Miami OT Ereck Flowers
Between a private visit and a workout, the Bucs are definitely interested in Flowers, who played left tackle at Miami, but has the size and power to play right tackle in the NFL. Flowers is likely a late first-round pick, which means Tampa Bay might have to trade up from the second round into the first round if they want to acquire Flowers.
Florida OT D.J. Humphries
The Bucs have a need at offensive tackle and Humphries, who started 19 games at left tackle for the Gators, would be a nice fit if he can stay healthy. Humphries missed seven games over the past two years due to injuries. Humphries is a big, physical nasty run blocker with enough quickness to be effective in pass protection. He’s likely a second- or third-round pick.
Florida OT Chaz Green
Green, a Tampa native, is one of the local prospects who will be visiting the Bucs later in the week for a workout. He played right tackle at Florida, but has the size and athleticism to play guard at the NFL level. Because Tampa Bay has needs at right guard and right tackle, the Bucs could spend a Day 3 draft pick on Green if he works out well.
South Florida OT Darrell Williams
Williams started 29 straight games at left tackle for the Bulls, and is getting a look at the Bucs’ local workout at One Buccaneer Place on Friday. Williams also has the quick feet necessary to play inside at guard and could be an undrafted free agent or a rookie mini-camp invite.
South Florida C Austin Reiter
Like Williams, Reiter has been invited to One Buccaneer Place for a local workout on Friday. Reiter has been a stalwart three-year starter at center for the Bucs. Despite his experience, he is an undrafted free agent candidate.
South Carolina G A.J. Cann
Cann, who is one of the top-rated guards, was a four-year starter with 51 games and is a powerful run blocker. Cann, who has met with the Bucs, spent the past three seasons blocking for Mike Davis, whom Tampa Bay is interested in drafting. Cann is likely a second- or third-round draft pick.
Florida State G Tre` Jackson*
Jackson is a three-year starter at Florida State who blocked for quarterback Jameis Winston, whom the Bucs will likely select with the first overall pick. Tampa Bay got a good look at Jackson at the Seminoles’ pro day and worked him out with Warhop on April 8. Jackson will be drafted in the second or third round.
Florida State G Josue Matias*
Like Jackson, Matias has plenty of starting experience at Florida State as the Seminoles’ left guard for the past few years. He’s further ahead as a pass protector than he is a run blocker at this point, and will be a fourth- or fifth-round pick as a result. Matias was one of four Seminoles linemen to privately work out for Warhop.
Florida State OL Bobby Hart*
Hart is an extremely young prospect at the age of 20 having completed his senior year at Florida State. While he’s the least talented of the Seminoles’ draft-eligible linemen, he does have an upside and can play right tackle or guard at the next level. Warhop worked him out on April 8 at Florida State. Hart, who played in the East-West Shrine Game, is likely a late-round draft pick or an undrafted free agent.
This PR Bucs Blog entry will be updated as more offensive linemen visits and/or workouts are reported.
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