PewterReport.com analyzes the top players in the 2020 NFL Draft with its position previews. Jon Ledyard previews the offensive guard/center positions with a comprehensive look at what the Bucs have and what they need along the interior offensive line, a detailed list of this year’s top guards and centers, and Scott Reynolds offers up the annual PewterReport.com Bucs’ Best Bets – one early round pick, and a pick from the later rounds.
What The Bucs Have At Guard-Center
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Bucs RG Alex Cappa – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The good news? The Bucs have two locked-in starters on the interior offensive line in Ryan Jensen at center and Ali Marpet at left guard, with another promising young talent in Alex Cappa slated to start at right guard for a second straight year. The bad news? They have basically no depth at all.
With Joe Haeg currently slated to start at right tackle despite experience all along the offensive line, the Bucs top reserve is second-year undrafted free agent Zach Bailey from South Carolina, who has been training at center to offer more versatility to the team in 2020. Earl Watford, the top interior lineman reserve from last year, was not re-signed.
What The Bucs Need At Guard-Center
Competition for Cappa and overall depth are the two main missing ingredients. The Bucs don’t know what direction Cappa will head in 2021, and if he’s stagnant, replacing him could make sense. Also, if Jensen gets hurt, they are really thin on options at center.
Finding an interior offensive lineman with at least the versatility to learn the pivot spot will be key for Tampa Bay in this draft. Unfortunately it is not a great guard-center class, so if the team doesn’t address the position in the first two rounds, it might make sense to spend a few Day 3 picks on depth types rather than reaching for what’s left in the third round.
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Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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