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TOP 5 OTs IN 2017 NFL DRAFT
1. Garrett Bolles – Utah – Junior – 6-5, 297 – 4.95
Bolles is an interesting case at the top of this offensive tackle class. A one-time juvenile delinquent who spent two years after high school and away from football working as a garage door repairman, Bolles opted to re-dedicate himself to his faith, academics and the sport by enrolling at Snow College, a JUCO program. After becoming a five-star recruit, Bolles decided to go to Utah. His natural athleticism and strength are top-of-the-line, and should be top of this class.

2. Cam Robinson – Alabama – Junior – 6-6, 322 – 5.15
Robinson is the next five-star recruit from the NFL factory that Nick Saban has built down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Robinson has been the Tide’s starting left tackle for both of their national championship campaigns, and has been the bright spot for a down year in terms of offensive line play to Alabama’s standards. He has the size, strength and quick feet to excel at the position. But, character and off-the-field concerns have dropped him from a Top 10 status.

3. Forrest Lamp – WKU – Senior – 6-4, 309 – 5.00
Lamp is going to be featured twice on these rankings because it’s still up in the air whether or not the team that drafts him will make him an offensive guard or an offensive tackle. He played both during his time at WKU and excelled at both very well. When a few of Alabama’s pass rushers were asked who the toughest offensive lineman they faced in their career was, three of them said Lamp – and that was with him at left tackle.

4. Ryan Ramczyk – Wisconsin – Junior – 6-6, 310 – 5.29
It’s still but for debate which is more difficult: to get by Ramczky, or to correctly spell his last name without help. Ramczky is arguably the best pass blocker in this entire class. He’s coming off hip surgery, so that’s the reason he may be picked lower than he should. But, he’s supposed to make a full recovery by the time camp rolls around.

5. Taylor Moton – Western Michigan – Senior – 6-5, 319 – 5.15
Moton was a late bloomer on these offensive line scene, but thanks to a non-solidified top of the list this year, he’s benefitted and has seen his name rise throughout the last few month. He put on a show during Senior Bowl practices and to many camp away as the best offensive line prospect there.

BEST OF THE REST
6.
Roderick Johnson – Florida State – Junior – 6-7, 290 – 4.90
Johnson was touted as one of the premiere offensive tackles in this class before the season with prototypical size both in height and weight, but he didn’t exactly play up to the potential people hoped he would have. He has some ugly moments on tape, but you simply can’t teach the natural things he has. He’ll still get drafted higher than his tape may warrant as someone to mold.

7. Antonio Garcia – Troy – Senior – 6-6, 302 – 5.15
Garcia’s hype train got started around the same time Moton’s did after a nice showing at the Senior Bowl. Though Garcia won’t be drafted as high, he shows good potential as a right tackle.

8. David Sharpe – Florida – Junior – 6-6, 343 – 5.44
Sharpe was another prospect, like Roderick Johnson, who many people were high on going into their junior years. What was alluring about Sharpe is the potential of him being able to move very well at a size that also gives him dominating strength. Turns out he’s not as athletic as people who thought he could be a left tackle would be, but he’ll still find a place.

9. Julie’n Davenport – Bucknell – Senior – 6-7, 318 – 5.45
Davenport was a four-year starter at Bucknell at left tackle, which is pretty rare. His size, but even more importantly, his wingspan with 36.5-inch arms is what makes him alluring. He’s a bit slow moving for a left tackle, but technique and experience are two things that would still make him a solid pick

10. Will Holden – Vanderbilt – Senior – 6-7, 311 – 5.45
Holden was a Senior Bowl call-up after Forrest Lamp went down with a minor injury. He was an anchor-like player along the offensive line for the Commodores, and performed moderately well in the two days of Senior Bowl practice he had. Has god power and good movements, but sometimes-heavy feet get the best of him while shuffling. He’s more of a power blocker.

BUCS’ BEST BET AT OT (EARLY 1-3)
OT Garett Bolles – Utah – Junior – 6-5, 297 – 4.95

It’s doubtful that the Bucs take an offensive tackle in the first round, but could surprise with the selection of Bolles, who was worked out by offensive line coach George Warhop at Utah. Bolles overcame his troubled youth to turn his life around and enrolled at Snow College before spending one year at Utah. At age 24, Bolles, who is now married, has a child and went on a mission, is one of the older prospects in the draft, and that’s why he’s leaving school a year early to go pro. Bolles has a mean streak and is a nasty finisher. His 40-yard dash time is legit as he has the quickest feet in the draft for an offensive tackle and is a first-round talent despite his lack of experience at the FBS level. Bolles is still a work in progress and many believe his best football is ahead of him. He’s likely a left tackle or a guard at the next level, and if Bolles were drafted by Tampa Bay he would challenge Donovan Smith for the starting job as Jameis Winston’s blindside protector and that could force Smith to move to right tackle if he lost his spot. It’s unlikely that the Bucs spend their first-round pick on a tackle, but if they do, it could be Bolles.

Bucknell OT Julie’n Davenport – Photo by: Getty Images

BUCS’ BEST BET AT OT (LATE 4-7)
OT Julie’n Davenport – Bucknell – Senior – 6-7, 318 – 5.45

Davenport is one of the most buzz-worthy offensive linemen in this year’s draft and has been worked out by Tampa Bay and a host of other teams. At 6-foot-7, 318 pounds Davenport has the ideal size and wingspan (36.5-inch arms) to play in the NFL. Davenport was a four-year starter at left tackle at Bucknell, but could transition to the right tackle position in the NFL because he’s raw and hasn’t gone against NFL-caliber talent outside of the Senior Bowl where he performed well. Davenport emerged into a leader for the Bison and was a two-time team captain. The Bucs took a chance on another small school offensive lineman in Hobart College’s Ali Marpet, who has Pro Bowl potential. Davenport could intrigue the Bucs in much the same way to the point where they could spend a fourth-round draft pick on him. Davenport could be seen as competition for the right to eventually replace Demar Dotson at right tackle in Tampa Bay. He’s not ready to start in the NFL, but that’s okay as the Bucs offensive line is stocked with many veterans that could show Davenport the ropes.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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jshumaker
4 years ago

PR, this is a bit off topic but I was curious what your thoughts were on the chances of Reuben Foster sliding far enough for the Bucs to grab him? Nobody has even discussed the Bucs picking a LB but if he is available then why not pick him.

Crazy Legs
Reply to  jshumaker
4 years ago

I want Will Holden out of Vanderbilt, because Mark says he has “god power.” That’s what we need on our OL.

surferdudes
4 years ago

When I saw a picture of Bolles on another web site, I thought he might be auditioning for the next Dumb, and Dumber movie with that hair cut. Couldn’t possibly draft a linemen with bangs. If you want to bench Dotson, or move Smith to R.T. then it would be hard to pass up Robinson if he fell. To me there’s no question he’s the best O linemen in the draft. Unless one of these draft picks has some real bodies buried in their back yards, I’m getting a bit tired of the nit picking questionable character concerns. We’re looking… Read more »

BigSombrero
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

Let me get this straight surferdudes…

You’re looking for football players, not the next pope, unless they have bangs. Too funny.

You should start a show called “NFL Fashion Police starring Surferdudes!”and you could critique all the players hairdos. hahahahahhahaha

BigSombrero
Reply to  BucWild02
4 years ago

John Q. Prospect :
4.48 seconds in the 40.
2.58 in the 3 cone drill.
26 bench presses of 225 lbs.
Low top fade that transitions into cornrows as needed.

Surferdudes: “I give this prospect two snaps in a circle because that do is FIRE! You go girl!”

Question for surferdudes…What do you think of Trevor Sikkema’s man bun? I’m not certain, but he appears to be a Prell man.

surferdudes
4 years ago

Would just like to add. Right now Smith, and Dotson have no real competition. If Robinson fell that would change in a big way in a hurry. Both players nearly got Jameis killed last year, and Dot was hands to the face holding penalty waiting to happen. Licht also said at his presser we might pick a player at 19 were fans would seem to think it’s not a need, but down the road we’d be glad we picked that player. Look back to the tape of the Dallas game, and you might change your mind about needing an up… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
4 years ago

Surfer: The RT is that game, until he got hurt, retired and the rookie who took his place might not even make the team. Can’t blame Dotson for that one.

Honey Bear
4 years ago

Julie’n Davenport could represent the best value pick for O-line in the draft if he is available in the 4th or 5th round. He is raw but I could definitely see him taking over a tackle position after a year of learning in the NFL.

fredster
4 years ago

Surferdudes agree 100%. That Dallas game was pathetic.i know Cherilus was injured but it showed lack of depth. How can Bucs be happy with tackle position?

Smith was graded second to last worst LT, and while I loved Dot he is a penalty waiting to happen and too old IMO.

I guess we will see how both fare this year, but I’m not real optimistic.

macabee
4 years ago

I think this is interesting too. Stealth visit that went unreported. Late visit and Bucs are looking at 1st round O-Line. Forrest Lamp compares to Zach Martin, Dallas pro bowl LG. I don’t know nothing – just reporting what I’ve read.

NFL Philosophy‏ @NFLosophy Apr 21
Not sure if it’s been reported yet, but I find it interesting that the Bucs had Forrest Lamp in for a visit.

chetthevette
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

That is correct mac. I love this guy.
GO BUCS

BrianDorry55
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

I hadn’t heard about that. If the Top 7 skill guys are gone I would be perfectly fine with taking Lamp…kid seems like a cant-miss prospect.

Alldaway 2.0
4 years ago

If an OT is good enough to be drafted by a playoff caliber team then that player is good enough to be a Buc IMO.

chetthevette
4 years ago

I’m ecstatic that you have included Lamp in the tackle best bets. That gives me 2 chances to laud him as our first pick. He will be a pro bowl lineman for 10 years. Hell, I could get run for 3 yards behind him. Do you think we need a center? Who you gonna call, LAMP MAN. Do you think we need a guard? Who you gonna call, LAMP MAN. Do you think we need a tackle? Who you gonna call, LAMP MAN. Guess what? He’s good. This not the first time I have pined for him, big ass man… Read more »

cvillebucfan
4 years ago

If Cook or an explosive difference maker isn’t there at 19 Or Tre’Davius White, I want OL. DB is deep has hell and it’s a muddled field once you get past Lattimore, Adams, Hooker, Conley and White IMO. No reason to take the top of the 2nd tier at 19 when you could easily draft a very good 2nd tier DB in round 2 and have that R1 pick address another need.

magoobee
4 years ago

Licht has to be doing misdirection but saying he likes our OL. We have Donovan Smith who in college was a better Right Tackle than Left. Dotson is a better Guard than Tackle. And everyone else they say could play Tackle but are better Guards.

I remember everyone criticized the New York Giants because they kept Defensive Linemen. 2 Super Bowls later…..

You can never have enough OL and DL.

The Bucs have more holes than people realize. Trade down, accumulate picks. More options at less cost.

Buc 1976
4 years ago

Look a team can never have to many good OL& DL

chetthevette
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

Damn straight.
GO BUCS

Buc 1976
4 years ago

I have no idea how many people on this site have ever played football. I did play DB and RB in collage not a big time program. One thing I did notice as A RB is my first year our OL was young and it was VERY hard to get back to the line of scrimmage let alone get positive yards. In my 2-3 year the OL was MUCH IMPROVED so it made running the ball much easier. The point I am trying to make is it would not be a bad idea to draft a OLineman.one other thing people… Read more »

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