Real Bucs Talk: Will Coveted Center Be There At No. 26?


On this episode of the Real Bucs Talk Podcast the guys debate whether or not Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson will be available with the 26th pick in the NFL draft.

Jackson Powers-Johnson, Center, Oregon

HT: 6’3
WT: 334 lbs


Rimington Trophy (2023)

Unanimous All-American (2023)

First-team All-Pac-12 (2023)



In the run game, Powers-Johnson plays with a mean streak and does a nice job generating a push at the initial point of attack. Powers-Johnson can get outside and does a decent job landing blocks in space.

Fires out of his stance with a good pad level, consistently winning at the point of attack.

Quick out of his stance with the footwork to be effective in front of screens. Willing to get out in front of ballcarriers to take out defensive backs and linebackers.

In the run game, he explodes off the line of scrimmage and consistently gets out to the second level to do damage.

Shows a good feel for combo blocks, and he displays good quickness and flexibility when moving to the second level, capable of sealing the back side on reach blocks

Powers-Johnson does a nice job working with teammates to build the pocket, anchoring against bull rushers and displaying good awareness against stunts and twists.


Had issues against quality counter moves, struggling to readjust. That’s something he’ll see frequently against NFL technicians in the pass rush.

He’s better moving forward than Powers-Johnson is retreating as a pass protector, where he often seems to be a bit out of sync.

Doesn’t display the agility and speed to effectively get around as a pulling guard. Powers-Johnson generally struggles in space, and he will have a tough time consistently landing blocks on the second level


As a sophomore in 2022 he played in 11 games and a total of 382 snaps. He conceded just one QB hurry, one QB hit, and no sacks while playing most of his snaps at right guard.

In 2023 as a junior Powers-Johnson saw action in 13 games and totaled 829 snaps. He gave up just one QB hurry, no QB hits, and no sacks while playing at center. The Buccaneers finally draft a legitimate center.

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