As this season slowly approaches, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still looking to fill needs on the offensive line. The center position is one of these positions. There have been some ideas thrown about like placing Ali Marpet at center or moving Kevin Pamphile to center. With Evans smith the only center on the team under contract and Joe Hawley testing the free agency, the only other option would be to re-sign Hawley, or another in the FA, or draft one in April. The 2017 draft is full of athletic offensive lineman that can play multiple positions so drafting a solid starter shouldn’t be a problem.
One such prospect is Ethan Pocic (pronounced Po-Sick). He hails out of Louisiana State University and although many worry about his 6′ 7” towering height, none should worry as he is very agile and extremely mobile. In the LSU run game, he ran many powers and stretch plays while playing against some of “the best players in the land.”
Pocic understands he is tall for a center but also understands how to stay low and sync his hips. With his long arms, he can keep short armed pass rushers off of him and away from his body. He could be a day one starter, especially if in the right system. With Pocic, you get a value pick because he should fall to the middle rounds and even though he had an awesome combine he will only rise to the second round because of his height.