A closer look at the top five offensive linemen (based on assorted mock drafts and our own analysis) who conceivably could be available when the Bucs pick 32nd overall in the NFL draft:
1. Landon Dickerson, Alabama (6-6, 333)
Measurable of note: Roughly three months after knee surgery, did cartwheels at Alabama’s pro day (in which he didn’t participate)
Were it not for an extensive medical history (including two season-ending ACL injuries), Dickerson likely would appear higher in the prominent mock drafts. In 2020, he was named a first-team All-American and won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s best center. Dickerson began his career at FSU, becoming the first freshman offensive lineman to start for the ‘Noles in 24 years.
2. Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma (6-4, 302)
Measurable(s) of note: Recorded 4.46-second shuttle drill, 33-inch vertical jump at Sooners’ pro day in March
Arguably Oklahoma’s most consistent offensive lineman over the last three seasons, Humphrey sparkled at his pro day, recording a shuttle-drill time that would’ve ranked first among all offensive linemen at the 2020 NFL combine. A signal-calling center with a strong wrestling background, Humphrey was a team captain in 2020, when he was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year.
3. Wyatt Davis, Ohio State (6-4, 315)
Measurable of note: Did not run or do agility drills at his pro day but engaged in positional drills
The grandson of Packers Hall-of-Fame defensive end Willie Davis, this Buckeyes right guard earned first-team All-America status each of the last two seasons. Davis injured his knee halfway through the abbreviated 2020 season but played through it until halftime of the national title game. He was spotted on crutches in the second half, but no surgery was needed.
4. Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater (6-3, 320)
Measurable of note: Can dunk a basketball (there’s video proof)
Because his school (a perennial Division III power) didn’t play last fall due to COVID-19, Meinerz declared for the draft in December, then made arguably the Senior Bowl’s biggest splash. Despite experimenting at a new position (center) and not playing organized football in a year, Meinerz was voted the National team’s outstanding offensive lineman by the squad’s defensive linemen.
5. Trey Smith, Tennessee (6-6, 321)
Measurable of note: Did 32 reps on the bench press (225 pounds) at Vols’ pro day, two more than his stated goal
Smith recently was presented the Torchbearer award, UT’s highest honor given to those “who embody the Volunteer spirit while demonstrating academic excellence and a commitment to serving others.” On the field, he was a two-time first-team All-SEC left guard, exuding brute force and a mean streak. The biggest red flag? He was diagnosed with blood clots after his freshman season.
April 29: Round 1, 8 p.m
April 30: Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m.
May 1: Rounds 4-7, noon
TV/streaming: ESPN, ABC, NFL Network
Notable: Bucs pick 32nd (Day 1), 64th and 95th (Day 2), and 137th, 176th, 217th, 251st and 259th (Day 3).
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