5 Realistic Offensive Linemen Options for Buccaneers in 2015 NFL Draft

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Sep 21, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi (70) against the SMU Mustangs at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Height: 6’5″
Weight: 305 lbs.
Year: Senior

After suffering a torn ACL in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Cedric Ogbuehi has a red flag hanging over his head, forcing teams to pass on him until the later rounds. If the Buccaneers play their cards right, Ogbuehi could just fall into their lap.

While there is some concern about his ability to rebound from his injury, the Bucs need to simply look at one of their own players, Logan Mankins, who not only played with a torn ACL in 2011 but he has managed to continue his career with relative success. The problem with Ogbuehi, though, lies in his inability to stay healthy. From an ankle problem in 2011 to a rumored groin injury in 2013 to this most recent setback, the Texas A&M offensive tackle has been nicked up. Is this foreshadowing or just a minor issue? NFL teams will need to figure that out.

Putting all the injury talk on the back burner for a second, all you need to know is that Ogbuehi had the type of talent and skill set to be a first-round, maybe even top 10, option if he decided to enter last year’s draft. While he did regress a bit in 2014, Ogbuehi still has plenty of potential to become a force on the offensive line in the NFL for years to come.