Buccaneers to move Ali Marpet to center

The third-year Buccaneer has been a guard so far in his career, improving in a big way from his first year to his second.

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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.

Ali Marpet

  • craigtrigueiro

    He played tackle at the Hobart power house NOT guard.

  • Mike J.

    Moving Ali to center has been in the Bucs’ brass’ plans since Marpet was drafted. They want to get bigger & stronger at center.

  • Andre Taylor

    Moving Ali Marpet to Center will actually stabilize the interior of the O-line, while GM Jason Licht had a outstanding draft. There was several mid to late round prospects that could have helped strengthen the O-line. Resigning Joe Hawley adds depth to the interior, it may not be a bad idea to add Center Nick Mangold and leave Marpet at RG this year. Then in the off-season draft a replacement for Marpet and move him back to Center.