2022 NFL Combine Crushes For The Bucs

The PewterReport.com Roundtable options the opinions of the PR workers because it tackles a subject every week that entails the Bucs. This week’s subject: who’re the 2022 NFL Mix crushes the Bucs ought to give attention to subsequent week?

Scott Reynolds: Draft Sleeper Kelley Is An Arians-Kind QB

It is a robust one as a result of I don’t actually have a real draft crush like in years previous. There are lots of gamers I actually like within the 2022 NFL Draft class and three of them are invited to the NFL Scouting Mix. Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon can be an amazing match within the second spherical as a result of he can play within the slot or out large and probably be an improve over Sean Murphy-Bunting. I actually like Nicholls State receiver Dai’Jean Dixon, a giant, 6-foot-2, 200-pound goal with nice manufacturing who might see his inventory get boosted as the next Day 3 choice. The Bucs want extra expertise at receiver in 2022.

SE Louisiana QB Cole Kelley – Photograph from: SE Louisiana

However the draft crush I’ll discuss is an much more obscure participant than Dixon: Southeast Louisiana quarterback Cole Kelley. I had by no means heard of him till stumbling throughout his highlights after the season on YouTube. Scouting off highlights will be harmful as a result of it doesn’t inform the entire story. But, good luck looking for total SE Louisiana video games to observe for a greater analysis. Kelley might actually flip some heads on the Mix. He’s the largest QB within the class at 6-foot-7, 248 kilos and is a strong-armed pocket passer like Bruce Arians craves. He additionally runs like a Mack truck and has 32 speeding scores.

Kelley had two nice years of manufacturing as a starter for the Lions. He received the Walter Payton Award, which is the FCS Heisman Trophy, in 2020. And he was the runner-up final 12 months regardless of a fair higher season with 5,124 yards passing, 44 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Kelley’s 73.6 % completion proportion is the best of any QB draft prospect this 12 months. As a result of he performed at a small college, the Arkansas switch will probably be a Day 3 decide. I do know the Bucs simply spent a second-rounder on Kyle Trask, however he’s unproven. Taking a fourth or fifth-round flier on Kelley ought to enhance the chances on the Bucs discovering their quarterback of the long run.

Matt Matera: Olave Can Fill Bucs Void At WR, Whether or not It’s WR2 Or WR3

The Bucs want to fill the function of WR2 and WR3 on the roster this offseason. The hope is to re-sign Chris Godwin, and whereas it appears probably, that’s not assured. Whether or not it’s the second or third function, Ohio State’s Chris Olave can immediately improve the Bucs’ receiver room this season. I’m not evaluating their video games, however Olave measures in at 6’1,” which is across the similar peak that Godwin is.

Ohio State WRs Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson NFL mock draft

Ohio State WRs Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

What would make Olave so thrilling for the Bucs is his route-running capability. He’s thought-about probably the greatest at it on this 12 months’s receiver class. Tampa Bay’s offense is closely predicated on large receivers successful their battles down the sector, and his route-running has helped him separate from defenders. Tyler Johnson can’t do this. Jaelon Darden struggled mightily within the probabilities he bought this previous 12 months. Olave has a ton of athleticism and might play inside and out of doors. That’s useful, particularly given the state of affairs of Godwin’s contract negotiations and ACL restoration timetable if he’s nonetheless a Buc.

Olave has a knack for making the massive catch as a deep risk. However on high of that, he’s very enjoyable to observe head up the sector every time he will get the ball. The Bucs can take lots of photographs with him or simply rapidly throw it and let him do the remaining. He had his greatest 12 months as a senior at Ohio State, making 65 catches for 936 yards and a staff greatest 13 receiving touchdowns in 11 video games. Olave is a risk to opposing defenses always when lining up. He’s additionally excelled with a number of quarterbacks, which he may need to do early on if Tampa Bay drafts him.

Jon Ledyard: All Eyes On Defensive Deal with Class For Bucs

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt Bucs

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

Heading into the offseason, the Bucs could have to overhaul their defensive sort out room. Ndamukong Suh and Steve McLendon are free brokers who might retire. In the meantime, Will Gholston is about to hit the market as properly. He’ll probably return, however the Bucs will nonetheless be short-handed at defensive sort out. Vita Vea and Rakeem Nunez-Roches are at the moment the one members of the 2020-2021 rotation below contract. Search for Tampa Bay to contemplate the inside line of defense class early within the draft.

One participant anticipated to return off the board within the Bucs’ vary of the primary spherical is Georgia defensive sort out Devonte Wyatt. Tampa Bay has been making an attempt to get youthful and extra explosive up entrance, however the previous few draft lessons haven’t obliged. The 2022 class isn’t loaded with defensive sort out expertise, however Wyatt could also be one of the best of the group. His go rush plan wants to enhance, which might occur on the NFL degree. Nevertheless, Wyatt has traits that shouldn’t be ignored early within the draft.

If the senior can blow up the Mix, it’ll cement his standing as the highest defensive sort out within the class. Nonetheless, I’m undecided he comes off the board a lot sooner than No. 27 total. In the meantime, the competitors could be missing in Indy. Jordan Davis and Travis Jones are unlikely to wow, and Phidarian Mathis isn’t an amazing athlete both. Wyatt has a chief alternative to enhance his inventory in Indy and solidify a primary spherical choice.

Kasey Hudson: There’s Nonetheless Room On The Watson Prepare, Hop On.

I’ll fortunately proceed to hype up NDSU WR Christian Watson. Watson’s is flying below the radar and turning heads when it counts probably the most. As a lot as I’d recognize seeing the versatile receiver in a Bucs uniform, he deserves to be drafted within the first two rounds. I believe he’ll solidify his inventory on the Mix.

North Dakota State WR Christian Watson

North Dakota State WR Christian Watson – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

The three-year NDSU starter can play anyplace. Outdoors, within the slot and even within the backfield. I do know what you might be considering. There are different versatile large receivers from higher colleges with bigger resumes. What’s the distinction right here? The 6-4, 211-pound athlete is projected to run a 4.4 or barely much less within the NFL mix! The common Mix outcomes of a profitable NFL receiver is a 4.54 forty. Think about a present Mike Evans construct with Scotty Miller velocity. Wager you might be liking the thought of him in a Bucs uniform now.

Watson in the precise system can arguably grow to be one of many high rookies within the NFL subsequent season. The fitting system is the Bucs’ offense. Watson may also help remedy the WR3 dialog and be an asset on particular groups. When you all have heard my ideas on Darden’s function and future, Watson could be a wholesome problem to Darden’s skills. Furthermore, it’s the character match for me. Each scout, former coach and NDSU fan has nothing however one of the best issues to say about Watson’s humility, coachability and grit. These are traits Tampa Bay’s tradition gravitates to. And on the finish of the day, who doesn’t love a full circle, ‘welcome house’ story for the Tampa native?

J.C. Allen: Drafting Small Faculty Linemen Isn’t “Unusual” For Licht

There’s a really actual probability the Bucs might lose each Ryan Jensen and Alex Cappa in free company this offseason. Whereas there are a number of gamers on the roster the staff might flip to there’s little or no expertise amongst the group. Robert Hainsey, the staff’s third spherical decide in 2021, performed solely a handful of snaps. 2021 undrafted guard, Nick Leverett performed admirably when thrust into motion this season when each Ali Marpet and Aaron Stinnie, who can be a free agent, had been sidelined with damage. John Molchon and Sadarius Hutcherson are additionally on the roster, however have but to play in an NFL since signing with the staff as undrafted free brokers in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Bucs C Ryan Jensen

Bucs C Ryan Jensen – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Which leads me to the purpose that drafting an offensive lineman on this years draft is sort of a certainty. A man that I’ve grow to be enamored with is Cole Unusual out of Chattanooga. The redshirt senior, began 44 video games for the Mocs. 41 got here at left guard, two at left sort out and one at heart. He has the flexibility the Bucs search for of their linemen. Like Hainsey, Unusual has been placing in additional work on the heart place. At 6-6, 301 kilos, he has an analogous construct to Cappa as properly. Throw in the truth that Jason Licht has a monitor document drafting small college offensive linemen, he looks like an ideal match for the Bucs.

What I actually like about Unusual is the tenacity he performs with. Unusual jogs my memory of Jensen in the way in which he performs via the whistle with a nasty demeanor. He confirmed good athleticism on the Senior Bowl, going up in opposition to among the greatest line of defense prospects within the draft. This child is a mauler within the run recreation and stout within the passing recreation as properly. Unusual has an excellent first punch and performs with nice stability, leverage and consciousness.

Nevertheless, he’ll battle with twitchy rushers and might be 24 years outdated, however has all of the instruments to grow to be a top quality beginning guard within the NFL. I’ll go away you with a quote of his from Justin Melo’s Draft Prospect interview collection:

“I do know for a undeniable fact that I’m going so as to add to the tradition of toughness and physicality as a result of I like to play onerous,” Unusual mentioned. “If that’s already a part of the tradition there, I’m going so as to add to it.”


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