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If the Bucs choose to draft an interior offensive lineman, we have some options

Examining some projected guards and centers who could be available when the Bucs pick 32nd.
Alabama center Landon Dickerson (69) won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center in 2020.
Alabama center Landon Dickerson (69) won the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center in 2020. [ VASHA HUNT | AP ]
Published Apr. 20
Updated Apr. 20

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)

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, middle, offensive linemen Alex Leatherwood, left, and center Landon Dickerson, right, celebrate with the College Football Playoff national title trophy after the Crimson Tide's 52-24 romp of Ohio State in the title game on Jan. 12 in Miami Gardens.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, middle, offensive linemen Alex Leatherwood, left, and center Landon Dickerson, right, celebrate with the College Football Playoff national title trophy after the Crimson Tide's 52-24 romp of Ohio State in the title game on Jan. 12 in Miami Gardens. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | Associated Press ]

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)

Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey (56) was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year last season.
Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey (56) was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year last season. [ MICHAEL AINSWORTH | Associated Press (2020) ]

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)

Ohio State right guard Wyatt Davis (52) is the grandson of Packers Hall-of-Fame defensive end Willie Davis.
Ohio State right guard Wyatt Davis (52) is the grandson of Packers Hall-of-Fame defensive end Willie Davis. [ BARRY REEGER | Associated Press (2020) ]

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)

National team offensive linemen Brenden Jaimes of Nebraska (67) and Quinn Meinerz of Wisconsin–Whitewater (71) practice during Senior Bowl workouts in Mobile, Ala., in January.
National team offensive linemen Brenden Jaimes of Nebraska (67) and Quinn Meinerz of Wisconsin–Whitewater (71) practice during Senior Bowl workouts in Mobile, Ala., in January. [ RUSTY COSTANZA | Associated Press ]

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)

Tennessee left guard Trey Smith (73) blocks against Arkansas during the first half of the Vols' 24-13 loss Nov. 7 in Fayetteville, Ark.
Tennessee left guard Trey Smith (73) blocks against Arkansas during the first half of the Vols' 24-13 loss Nov. 7 in Fayetteville, Ark. [ MICHAEL WOODS | Associated Press (2020) ]

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.

NFL draft

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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