It’s that time of the year, with reports beginning to trickle in about what prospects are meeting virtually with which NFL teams. According to interviewer extraordinaire Justin Melo of The Draft Network, the Bucs have met virtually with Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins, who is expected to be drafted in the first round on April 29. Last week, Melo also reported about a virtual meeting between the Bucs and Northwestern CB Greg Newsome.

Jenkins is a three-year starter whose draft stock absolutely took off after a dominant 2020 season, including a performance for the highlight reels against Texas edge defender Joseph Ossai, a player who is often mocked to the Bucs at No. 32. At 6-6, 310 pounds, Jenkins might be the strongest offensive lineman in the class. His punch ends lives on tape. Jenkins puts opponents in the ground so often they should call him The Undertaker.

Jenkins has played right and left tackle at Oklahoma State, and many could see this meeting as the Bucs preparation for life after Donovan Smith next offseason, when the veteran is slated to become a free agent. That may be the case, but The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has mentioned that Jenkins’ sub-33 inch arms are a concern for some NFL teams at tackle, as most set their threshold at 34, maybe 33 inches.

That could mean a move inside to guard for Jenkins, where the Bucs could also have a need heading into the 2022 season. Both Ryan Jensen and Alex Cappa are currently set to become free agents next offseason, so the fit makes sense. If Jenkins is on the board at No. 32, I would expect the Bucs to strongly consider him. I’ll try to get his scouting report up on this weekend.

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Captain Sly
4 months ago

This guy seems like a mauler and it kinda makes since to go OT seeing that there’s not much depth behind Smith. Glad to see we’re not wasting our limited interviews on a RB.

Reply to  Captain Sly
4 months ago

Jenkins has really good feet too, which is important in pass pro.

4 months ago

I was yelling this all last year after the draft, that the Bucs would do it again this year. If you kick Wirfs to LT and bring this kid to RT, and either trade or release D Smith, you have more money for free agents. I have a feeling that just because of his demeanor and nasty play style, he could overcome those deficiencies with length and stick at tackle. As much as i would love to see an edge in round 1 (which Licht has never done), this kid is a monster. The traits and play style he has,… Read more »

4 months ago

I guess this would be in the BPA category.

4 months ago

If quality OLine for some crazy reason does slip, they gotta take it. It’s more about protecting Brady than anything.

4 months ago

If this guy is so good, and I don’t know cause I don’t know squat about college players, why in the world would he be around for the 32nd pick.

Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

Because only 31 guys have been picked, and as we’ve seen it’s not always about BPA with some teams. Plenty of starters in the NFL were 2nd-5th round guys, including some guy named Brady who lasted until the 6th, pick 199… ;)

Hockey Duckie
4 months ago

Potential first round caliber, but consensus day 2 pick. There will be other OT’s available before Jenkins.
Now, if we get him in the 2nd round, then that would be a steal. Then shift Wirfs to LT and save $14 mil by moving on from LT Smith.

Reply to  Hockey Duckie
4 months ago

Where do you get consensus day 2 pick? I’ve seen him in many mocks going in the early 20s.

Alldaway 2.0
4 months ago

Go trenches in the draft. Nab a veteran RB that can pass block and pass catch.