Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
If the Bucs are looking for a future right tackle, they might consider spending a fifth- or sixth-round pick on Wagner. He has size and toughness, and Tampa Bay knows him well. Wagner played three seasons for current Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad at the University of Wisconsin. Wagner might not be ready to step in immediately as a starting right tackle, but he could develop into their best option.
The Bucs have done a better job in recent years finding linemen outside the draft. Though they hit on Davin Joseph (first round, 2006) and Jeremy Trueblood (second round, 2006), the bulk of their linemen were acquired through free agency, waiver claims and practice-squad signings. The Bucs have drafted top linemen in their past, grabbing tackle Paul Gruber with the first pick in 1988, center Tony Mayberry with a fourth-round pick in 1990 and tackle Charles McRae with a first-round pick in 1991. For the most part, though, the early-round linemen the Bucs selected (see Kenyatta Walker) struggled to justify the team's selection.