With the re-signing of Donovan Smith, the Bucs decided to stick with their Left Tackle. Marpet is a fixture at LG, and while disappointing, Jensen appears to be the man at C with his league high salary at the position. With the left side settled, the right side certainly possesses questions for an under performing unit. Demar Dotson is nearing the end of a solid career and turning 34 in October, while right guard is almost completely void of talent. Last years 3rd rounder Alex Cappa has upside but was not ready last year coming from Humboldt State, and UFA Earl Watford can’t be thought of as more than a veteran presence as a backup.
CHRIS LINDSTROM (6’4″, 308 lbs, Boston College) is the surest thing on this list. While he might not have the RT potential that the other guy’s have, he’s a plug and play stud at Right Guard. Lindstrom is a 3 year starter at the position, and boasts plenty of experience and smarts for an interior lineman. He’s also a phenomenal athlete for his size, a trait the Bucs seem to like in their OLs. This all said, he likely will require a trade up to secure, and might even go late in Round 1.
TYTUS HOWARD (6’5″, 322 lbs, Alabama State) Howard is a smaller school guy who the Bucs have a history of liking in their OL draftees. But Howard also has some impressive tape against top competition from when Alabama State faced Auburn, as well as from his impressive showing the Senior Bowl. Howard boasts great size and length, and has a large powerful frame, but what is most impressive is his great feet and impressive athleticism for that size. Howard looks like an eventual starter at OT, but very well could come in and win the RG spot out of camp.
MAX SCHARPING (6’6″, 327 lbs, Northern Illinois) has experience at both Left and Right Tackle, and was highly thought of among opposing players and coaches where he was named first team all-conference as a sophomore RT. Maxx Crosby in a recent Ask Me Anything on reddit, said he was the offensive lineman he ever faced in college. The Bucs have shown interest in Sharping, meeting with him at the combine, and he is another guy who could start early on at Right Guard but should eventually move to Right Tackle.
CHUMA EDOGA (6’3″, 308lbs, USC) Put on some Ronald Jones college highlights and you will see big #70 opening up huge holes for him. A Right Tackle in College, Edoga has the athleticism and freakishly long arms to eventually replace Dotson on the outside. However he certainly has the talent to move inside to Right Guard and be a people mover at that position as well. The former 5 star recruit coming out of High School also shone brightly at the Senior Bowl. Underrated due to his less than ideal height, look for Edoga to come off the board later on Day 2 than some other guys he will eventually outplay.
YODNY CAJUSTE (6’5″ 312 lbs, West Virginia) has had some injury issues throughout his college career, but possesses the physical traits scouts and teams will covet on draft day. A pure LT in college, Cajuste has a chance to stick on the outside with his great length and good feet, but also has the potential to be excellent as a guard due to his tremendous power and run blocking. Like with Scharping and Howard on this list, Cajuste has met with the Bucs this offseason, both at the combine and privately, and is someone the team likely is targeting on Day 2. Probably not an LT in the NFL, Cajuste should be an excellent starter at either G or Right Tackle down the line.