Bucs’ Best Bets: Guards/Centers

Bucs’ Best Bet – Rounds 1-3: Boston College G Chris Lindstrom

In terms of being a pure guard, Lindstrom is considered the top prospect in this year’s draft as he was a four-year starter at right guard at Boston College. Facing Clemson, North Carolina State, Miami and Florida State once a year during his college career shows he’s battle-tested to play in the pros.

Lindstrom reminds some of Tampa Bay’s Ali Marpet in that he’s an agile, aggressive run blocker that has the ability to get to the second level and finish. Lindstrom is also adequate in pass protection and had a dominant week at the Senior Bowl that solidified his stock as a second-round pick. If he’s there near the top of the second round, the Bucs might have a hard time passing up on him. Tampa Bay interviewed Lindstrom at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

Bucs’ Best Bet – Rounds 4-7: Oklahoma G Dru Samia

Opinions are mixed on Samia, who is regarded as a second-round pick by some NFL scouts and a fourth-round pick by others. Samia has spent time at right tackle, but earned All-Big 12 honors at guard over the last two years. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Samia is a tough, athletic offensive lineman, and he had a solid week at the Senior Bowl where he was one of the top guards.

Samia has quick hands and quick feet and good explosion upon initial contact in both run and pass blocking. He’s blocked for the last two Heisman Trophy winners in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, as well as NFL backs like Joe Mixon, Samaje Perine and Rodney Anderson. The Bucs interviewed Samia at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, and offensive line coach Joe Gilbert attended his pro day. If he lasts until the fourth round, Samia would be a steal for Tampa Bay and immediately contend for the starting right guard spot.

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  1. RT is obviously very important but the RG spot being weak just collapses the entire pocket and ruins everything… Dotson has been a solid player for us for a long time and we need to find his replacement but RG is probably the most important… We absolutely have to get a RG in the first 3 rounds, preferably Round 2 at the latest…

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  2. I’m a big fan of Lindstrom. If he is still on the board when the Bucs have their 2nd round pick my hope is he is the selection. Of course I want the Bucs to concentrate on both lines in the draft.

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  3. For the last two years all we have needed is one good offensive starting guard to replace Logan Mankins and Licht has virtually whiffed on everything he has done.
    Kevin Pampolle, gone. JR Sweezy, a RG, injured and gone but should have stayed after he renegotiated his contract. Caleb Bennonoch,a RT in college on shaky ground going back to tackle. Alex Cappa, who also played tackle in college, who knows?
    We also picked up a center in FA we didn’t really need because Joe Hawley was playing fine as far as I was concerned.
    Should it really take two years to replace one player?
    Not one of these players selected was a natural LG and that is all we needed since Marpet was doing just fine at RG.
    We have tried to do all sorts of combo platters, chemistry and moving chairs on the deck of the Titanic except draft or sign a starting LG in FA.
    This is a complete and total failure by our esteemed meathead to find one player in over two years.
    Geeeesh.

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  4. 1st round will be a defensive player for sure, but I’m hoping that the 2nd is the best OL on the board. It remains to be seen whether the issue was players or coaching, but one thing’s for sure, the coaching will be much better this year. Hopefully this helps some of the guys we have reach their potential in addition to adding 2-3 OL in the draft

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  5. I don’t understand classifying Jonah Williams as a G at all. It was pure speculation before his measurements came in and there’s no reason he should be here and not with the T’s imo.

    You play a man at T before they prove you wrong, THEN you kick them inside.

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  6. This is a funny time of year when an all american SEC LT becomes a guard because his arms are three quarters of an inch shorter then anyone ever knew! I will say I don’t know how Licht came to the conclusion Cappa could be an NFL guard looking at his college tape where he played LT? If we need a RG, draft one from a program like Wisconsin where a kid has been a three year starter there. Don’t try to out think the room Jason.

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  7. Unfortunately, the Bucs will probably have to trade back into the end of the first round to pick up Lindstrom. A lot of teams are looking for a guy every draft site describes as “plug and play starter”.

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  8. Move down so we have two second round picks and use one for the top Guard available and a top DE who can play DE in our 3-4.

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