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a look if he’s available at the top of the second round."It is generally agreed on that the Buccaneers should be targeting a defensive player in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft. The team should perhaps be looking defense with its first few picks Chris Conte Jersey White , but offensive line might also be a legitimate need — especially looking beyond this year. So, where would Tampa Bay look to potentially address that?If one of the better interior offensive lineman prospects is available at the top of the second round, might the Bucs be interested? One such prospect is Boston College lineman Chris Lindstrom, who is someone with a late first or early second-round grade. As our 40 Prospects in 40 Days series continues, we take a look at Lindstrom and whether or not he would be a fit for Tampa Bay. Chris Lindstrom’s CareerLindstrom was an all-state player in Massachusetts as a high school senior in 2014 before heading to Boston College for his collegiate career. As a freshman in 2015, he started nine of the team’s 12 games. All nine starts came at right guard, which led into 2016, when he started all 13 games at the position for the Eagles. He then played most of his junior year at right tackle, earning All-ACC second-team honors. According to his Boston College profile,he was the highest-graded lineman on the team in 2017. Lindstrom was then back at right guard for his senior season in 2018, continuing to impress and build up his draft stock. Before the season, he was named to the ACC Preseason Team, received Preseason All-American honors from Athlon Sports and was included in the Outland Trophy Watch List. After the year, he was a selection to the All-ACC first team. ProsLindstrom’s athleticism is his top quality, as he has a rare quickness and ability to move laterally. His performance at the combine showcased that and placed him above a lot of the players at his position in terms of athletic ability. His 4.91-second 40-yard dash, 4.54-second 20-yard shuttle and 117-inch broad jump placed him in the upper level of interior offensive linemen in this year’s class.With such quickness and athleticism, he should be able to match up well with the speed he’ll see at the professional level. He isn’t all that big, but his ability should help compensate for that.Lindstrom’s NFL.com draft profile notes that he has both the athleticism and mental makeup to play center. Not only that, but he obviously has plenty of starting experience at guard and tackle. Such versatility will serve him well no matter where he ends up. ConsThe biggest downside for Lindstrom is probably his size, which is wild considering he stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs in at 308 pounds. That’s not exactly a small dude. His profile on NFL.com says he “lacks the length, mass and strength some teams will want.” It’s evident in the spider graph above that his measurables are signficantly lower than those of his counterparts in the class.Because of the relative lack of size, Lindstrom could struggle against some of the bigger defensive linemen he’ll see in the league. His “weaknesses” in Lance Zierlein’s analysis have a lot to do with size and strength — or lack thereof. According to that analysis, Lindstrom is “high-hipped and thin below the knees,” has “short arms and lacks traits for consistent block finishes” and “lacks upper-body strength to press and extend defenders out of his frame.” As mentioned earlier http://www.buccaneerslockerroom.com/authentic-shaquil-barrett-jersey , though, his athleticism is able to make up for what he lacks in size and strength. Kyle Crabbs of The Draft Network praised Lindstrom’s power at the point of attack, saying this: That sounds like a guy who knows how to be successful by playing to his strengths and masking his weaknesses. Why The Buccaneers Need HimTampa Bay’s offensive line is far from set — in 2019 and even further beyond. The left side is set for this year and a number of years to come, with Donovan Smith at left tackle and Ali Marpet at left guard. The rest of the line isn’t as solidified. With a $10 million cap hit in 2019, Ryan Jensen is locked in at center. On the right side, Alex Cappa and veteran Earl Watford are battling for the right guard spot. Demar Dotson will more than likely still be the right tackle, but he has to be nearing the end of his career. Overall, the right side is a question mark. So, looking at this year, Lindstrom would probably figure in as a threat to win the right guard job. His experience at tackle makes him a potential backup to Dotson, but he’s better-suited for an interior spot. Where things might get interesting, then, is in 2020. Should the Bucs like Lindstrom enough to draft him, he could play right guard this year and possibly shift to center in 2020, when the team has a potential out in Jensen’s contract. Getting a guy like Lindstrom to lock in on the interior of the line — whether it’s at guard or center — for years to come wouldn’t be a bad idea for Tampa Bay.Will It Happen?It’s probably unlikely, though it’s not worth throwing out completely. It just depends on how front offices view him, as well as how needs are around the league. The Draft Network’s Benjamin Solak ranks Lindstrom as the No. 2 interior offensive lineman in the draft, though interior guys don’t always get picked at a high rate. Here’s where Lindstrom is going in some of the most recent mock drafts:The Draft Network (Brad Kelly 4.0): Round 1, Pick 31 (31st overall) — Los Angeles RamsCBS Sports (R.J. White): Round 2, Pick 10 (42nd overall) — Philadelphia EaglesNFL.com (Chad Reuter): Round 1, Pick 18 (18th overall) — Minnesota VikingsWalter Football: Round 1, Pick 25 25th overall) — Philadelphia EaglesLindstrom could be going late in the first round. If that’s the case, the Bucs obviously would be out on him unless they somehow traded very far down in round one or traded back in. The more legitimate shot is in the second round. Tampa Bay’s second pick is No. 39 overall, so if he slipped to that point O. J. Howard Jersey White , it might be a realistic choice for Jason Licht and his staff. The second annual Bucs Nation’s NFL Draft Q&A with NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein."The 2019 NFL Draft is just a couple days away and there have been a lot of people making a lot of suggestions on how the Buccaneers will handle it. In the SB Nation mock draft, Bucs Nation’s Gil Arcia selected Houston’s defensive lineman Ed Oliver on behalf of Tampa Bay. With the need for a pass rush and the potential for a Gerald McCoy departure of some kind, Oliver — if available — may be the Buccaneers best bet when players like Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen are potentially taken off the board. To provide some more insight into this year’s draft and the direction Tampa Bay may take, NFL Media’s draft analyst Lance Zierlein shares some draft knowledge with Bucs Nation for the second straight season. He also talked about other potential draft candidates as well as a story of the late Reggie Cobb.Bucs Nation: What do you see from this year’s defensive class and what defensive position(s) do you feel is the strongest?Lance Zierlein: Good defensive class overall. It’s got good defensive line talent inside the Top 10, but I don’t feel like the talent is elite necessarily. Deep class in the secondary, but not much early talent at all. Linebacker is going to be weak.BN: Quinnen Williams. Josh Allen. Ed Oliver. Devin White. There is a strong possibility a couple of those names will be there at No. 5 for Tampa Bay. Would they be better off trading back or staying where they’re at and make a selection?Zierlein: Stay there and pick unless the offer is good. I’m always a fan of trading back and adding picks, but there is a finite amount of early impact players in this draft so if you get a chance to add one, you might need to do it unless the offer is just too good.BN: You and many others have the Bucs selecting LSU LB Devin White in mock drafts. There has been a lot of debate on that. So in your opinion, is White truly a Top 5 talent?Zierlein: I don’t have him in the top five personally, but I try to think like teams might. I do think there is a better chance that Tampa goes defensive line if possible.BN: How big is the talent gap between Josh Allen and Brian Burns?Zierlein: Not as substantial as some might believe. The big difference is that Allen is bigger and stronger and has elite physical traits that are common with All-Pro type players in the league. Can Burns stay over 240 lbs in the pros? If he struggles to keep weight on, then he is going to be a designated pass rusher with trouble converting speed to power. That means he’s limited while Allen won’t have those limitations. That’s where the spread comes in as far as I’m concerned.BN: Let’s say the Bucs do not address the need for a pass rusher early in the first round, can you tell us where and when they should address it?Zierlein: If you don’t address it in the first two rounds, you probably won’t address it. You can try, but I don’t think you will be adding “dudes”.... you’ll be adding depth.BN: The Buccaneers will undoubtedly go defense with their first pick. If they do, give us a name of a player that they can draft that’ll address their offensive line woes in the top of the second round.Zierlein: Greg Little could slide into competition on the left side while Dalton Risner offers competition at right tackle, guard or center.BN: You have Baylor WR Jalen Hurd projected to go somewhere in Rounds 3-4. What is his ceiling and do you see a fit for him in Tampa Bay?Zierlein: He’s still a developmental prospect because he will have to learn to run routes with better tempo to get in and out of his breaks more favorably. If he can get route timing down and improve his hands, he’s got the potential to become a good WR2. I think he has a chance to be a TB target, but keep in mind that Bruce Arians likes big big speed to push it vertical. He’s already got a big WR1 so he might be more interested in adding a 4.4 guy at some point. BN: Finally, the NFL and Buccaneers community lost a great guy by the name of Reggie Cobb over the weekend. You sent out a tweet saying how much fun he was to be around. What is your favorite memory or story you have of Cobb?Zierlein: There were a few. I’ve known him for about 15 years. He was a long-time listener of my morning radio show as he lived in Houston as a scout. I remember just recently, we were all set to fly back from Mobile to Houston after the Senior Bowl and our flight got delayed for about 3 hours. There are several scouts who live in Houston and we all sat around having beer while the scouts recanted war stories from the road and from the war rooms. It was great. Then we talked James Harden and Rockets basketball for about an hour. Whenever you were around Reggie, you had fun. He always had that big smile and made you forget about any problems you might have had. He was really a great dude.(You can follow Zierlein on Twitter @LanceZierlein and his draft coverage along with the profiles of prospects on NFL.com.)