Aside from Ali Marpet and Ryan Jensen, both of whom are under contract for the near future, the rest of the offensive line could potentially be filled with new faces. Versatility and experience aren’t always easy to come by in an offensive line prospect but those who have it tend to have an upper hand early on. Ali Marpet is a great example of this as his versatility has been on full display since entering the league. For Michael Deiter, an offensive lineman for Wisconsin, versatility and experience across multiple positions may be a key aspect to him getting drafted. Deiter spent the prior week at the Senior Bowl where he weighted in at 304 lbs after slimming down a bit and measured out at 6’5” with 32-1/4” arms. Let’s take a further look at the former Badger.
Deiter’s College Career
Michael Deiter had quite the career at Wisconsin, leaving college holding the school record for most starts with 54 in a row. Deiter capped off his final collegiate season by earning the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year award while playing guard this past season. In 2017 Deiter made the transition to left tackle where he replaced Ryan Ramcyzk who was a 2017 draft selection. A year earlier against Iowa Deiter showed off his versatility playing tackle, guard and center in the game. He has playing experience at all three spots with extensive work at left tackle in 2017 and this past season at guard. His body of work earned him an invite to the Senior Bowl where he was posted as the starting left guard.
Experienced player that will most likely land at guard in the NFL. Shined at pulling and moving in space while at Wisconsin. Shows the ability to anchor in and drive lineman off the ball. Works inside the opponents body and maintains hand positioning well. Absolutely bullies defenders when he gets to the second level. Plays with good intensity and a desire to finish (see play clip below). True athlete at the position and shows the knowledge to pass of blockers and help out when necessary.
Michael Deiter tries to take your soul. pic.twitter.com/C0b18XFo5P— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) January 11, 2019
Struggled a bit at left tackle. Deep drop backs were an issue when Deiter was asked to work backwards with the pocket. Does not have the desired length to play tackle, further pushing his NFL position to lock in at guard. Length issues cause him to be second into contact with defenders at times.
Why do the Buccaneers need Michael Deiter?
Simply put, this team lacks talent along the offensive line and Deiter is not only talented enough to step in and play guard, he’s experienced enough to work in a unit where communication and trust are key. Deiter’s athleticism are what today’s offenses look for and the Buccaneers would be wise to invest in a player with Deiter’s collegiate career come day 2 of the draft. Last but certainly not least... the man can catch a pass and run too. YAC anybody?