Coach George Warhop thinks LT Smith can be elite

The Buccaneers offensive line coach really believes in LT Donovan Smith. PFF takes a look at his production thus far into his career.

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Coach George Warhop thinks LT Smith can be elite


  • According to the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers offensive line coach George Warhop thinks left tackle Donovan Smith can be, “one of the top two or three tackles in the league.”
  • Smith has yet to come close to reaching the potential his coach sees in him. In his rookie season in 2015 he earned a 37.1 PFF grade and in 2016 he finished 66th of qualifying 78 tackles, earning a 42.0 grade.
  • Smith had a pass block efficiency, which measures the amount of sacks, hits and hurries a tackle allows by how many snaps he is in pass protection, of 93.0 which ranked 49th of 61 qualifying tackles.
  • Smith did improve as the year went on, improving his pass block efficiency (PBE) from dead last (90.4) to eighth out of 55 qualifiers (96.6) over the second half of the season.

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  • Mike J.

    Recent OTA’s/mini, Smith was said to be somewhat leaner, which will help. How long this will last is the question.
    How these guys put on weight is a mystery to me. How much does one have to eat just to maintain 300 lbs.? Derek Newton used to use a turkey platter for his supper food.

    • Mike J.

      Apologies, I of course meant ”Nate Newton.”

  • Andre Taylor

    Donovan Smith can be a very good LT, of course he needs to play around 300lbs. It would also help if the coaching staff focused on running the ball a bit more, taking the pressure off of the O-line to hold up as long in pass defense. Using the short pass game can also serve as a form of getting the ball out quicker. The Bucs will also be in alot of 2 TE sets this year with Cameron Brate and rookie O.J. Howard. Ali Marpet has been moved to C, with Joe Hawley at LG and J.R. Sweezy at RG. Demar Dotson is better suited to be the swing tackle and depth, it might help the O-line to look at trading for a RT or signing free agent Orlando Franklin. Smith has talent and seems to continue to get better, however there are several ways to help the O-line.

    • Mike J.

      Not to be argumentative, but i do believe Kevin Pamphile is slated to start at OLG.

      • Andre Taylor

        Thats not being argumentative, if that is what is being reported. However i would say before camps is over i see the Bucs either trading or signing a free agent OG. The Bucs have a real chance to make some noise this year, no im not saying go crazy or anything. But the reality is they have been very aggressive this off-season

  • AZCardsFan85

    Almost all of the tackles from that 2015 class seems to be complete draft busts except for AZ’s DJ Humphries. Ereck Flowers is an absolute wreck , dude is just putrid and will be starting this year. Andrus Peat with the Saints was moved to OG. The guy the Bengals drafted is absolutely horrible as is the Buc’s Donovan Smith!!!

    Uber athletic 6″5/now 320pd DJ Humphries is developing into an absolute beast. Once AZ moved Humphries back to his natural spot at LT, He played at an Elite level last season with a 96.3 pass blocking efficiency grade according to PFF allowing 0 sacks and just 3 pressures despite facing some of the NFLs best pass rushers at LT. Humphries is also one of the best most explosive run blocking OTs in the NFL, He is a special run blocker & can be even better as a pass protector. He has seriously improved his technique, LeCharles Bentley at O-Line performance in PHX really worked wonders with Humphries in fixing his technique last off -season, and Humphries worked with him again all of this last off-season polishing his technique and getting stronger. Humphries will be a top 5 LT when its all said an done by the end of this season. He has beaten a perennial ranked top 10 LT Via PFF in massive 6″8 Jared Veldheer to now start at LT, with AZ moving Veldheer to RT, thats how good he is. Humphries was super young when he was drafted just barely 21yrs old when drafted and is now just 23, his development curve is definitely going the right way.