Buccaneers to move Ali Marpet to center
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter announced that guard Ali Marpet is expected to permanently move to center in the upcoming season, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
- The former second-round draft pick’s career is going exactly the way Tampa Bay envisioned it as he took a big step forward in 2016 and ranked 13th among guards with a grade of 84.5 after earning an overall grade of 75.5 in his rookie year.
- Furthermore, Marpet is part of a group of elite guards in the NFL, as his run-blocking grade of 84.4 ranked fifth last season, ahead of the likes of Oakland’s Kelechi Osemele and Buffalo’s Richie Incognito.
- Marpet has also been one of the most reliable and consistent guards in the NFL as he graded below average in only three games last season and played the second-most snaps among guards with 1,135 snaps in the regular season, just three shy of New Orleans’ Jahri Evans.
- The former Hobart guard was not bad in pass protection either as he ranked 18th in pass-blocking efficiency with a score of 96.9 as he allowed 26 total pressures on 643 passing plays.