Looking at the Possible Bucs Offensive Line for 2015: Guard

NFL NEWS: Tampa Bay Bucs

One of the biggest deficiencies the Bucs have are at offensive line and here are a few guards who may help the team for 2015.

I previously analyzed the offensive line and their struggles, but here are some fresh faces in the guard position who may help the team.

49ers_Mike_Iupati_2013Mike Iupati

As a three-time Pro Bowler, Iupatis definitely on his way up in the league earning his first-team All-Pro honors in 2012. The first rounder and 2010 17th overall selection has started in all 68 games hes played in over his five-year career with the San Francisco 49ers.

During Iupatis tenure with the team, the Niners were only above 20th in offense once in 2012 when they went to the Super Bowl. The team ranked fourth in rushing and 30th in the pass in 2014.

Iupatis the top earning guard in the NFL and will continue to command top dollar. He may hit the open market with head coach Jim Harbaughs departure. Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, ranks Iupati as his top-rated offensive lineman available in free agency.

With Iupati and guard Logan Mankins on the interior of the line, you have nine combined Pro Bowls of experience.

Davin Joseph BuccaneersDavin Joseph

Joseph, a two-time Pro Bowler, left for the St. Louis Rams following his eight-year run with the Bucs. The Bucs released Joseph on March 8 and later signed a one-year deal with the Rams. With Josephs contract up and head coach Lovie Smith eating a bit of humble pie at 2-14, he could be due for a return to the team with Dirk Koetter running the offense.

Joseph was in the middle of a seven-year, $53 million contract including $19 million guaranteed when he was released. His contract with the Rams was for one-year, $1.75 million. He may be a cheaper option if Iupati is out of their range or not available.

A.J. Cann

Canns been touted as a second-round prospect, according to CBS sports. The South Carolina standout’s strengths are suited for a power scheme absorbing bull rushes while recognizing stunts and blitzes.

His 6-3, 311-pound frame and solid fundamentals will definitely also get him some first-round looks as well. If the Bucs do trade down for more picks, dont be surprised if he becomes one of the guys they pick up in the process. They may still luck out should he be available in the second round.

Cann can learn a lot from Mankins to help reach his full NFL potential.

Tre Jackson Florida StateTre Jackson

If Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston gets drafted by the Bucs with their first pick, dont be surprised if Jackson follows. As a two-year starter and All-ACC second team selection, Jacksons been known to pick up blitzes and rushers. He can also run block effectively downfield.

Jackson wields a 6-4, 330-pound frame and his biggest asset of his play is his strength, but at times has shown struggles against speed rushers and isnt often called upon to pull on plays.

Jackson is projected to go within the second or third round.


About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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