8 Bucs Takeaways From The 2022 NFL Combine


One other eventual NFL Mix is within the books! Right here’s what Pewter Report realized in regards to the Bucs offseason plans throughout our time in Indianapolis.

8. The Bucs Don’t Need To Lose Cappa & Jensen

If I’m a betting man, I’m placing a couple of dollars on at the very least considered one of Alex Cappa or Ryan Jensen returning to the Bucs. Jensen is clearly the higher participant, and extra invaluable consequently. However he’ll be 31 years outdated in Might, and he has performed by means of accidents the previous two years. In some unspecified time in the future in his subsequent contract, his physique goes to interrupt down. If the rumors are true that Jensen might be in search of $15 million per season, the Bucs need to cross. That’s absurd cash for a 31-year outdated middle. I like Jensen, however investing in him at that value can be silly.

Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply the Bucs received’t do it. Based mostly on what we heard in Indianapolis, Tampa Bay received’t permit Jensen and Cappa to stroll. And holding Jensen goes to be the precedence. The Bucs imagine Cappa is an efficient, not nice guard. They’d like to preserve him, however are much less inclined to overpay for the previous third-round choose. However Cappa is youthful and has improved yearly. He’ll be way more reasonably priced, with PFF projecting his subsequent contract to come back in round $9.25 million per yr. The Bucs can be sensible to assume past the 2022 season as they make this choice.

7. Inside Offensive Line May Be A Sturdy Focus In The Draft

Boston Faculty G Zion Johnson – Picture by: USA At the moment

If I needed to guess proper now, the Bucs will attempt to use the No. 27 general choose to re-build their inside offensive line. Clearly if Jensen and Cappa return, the necessity lessens. There’s additionally the difficulty of a scarcity of high quality guard choices within the draft. The Bucs received’t be determined sufficient to achieve for a lesser guard. But when Boston Faculty’s Zion Johnson or Texas A&M’s Kenyon Inexperienced are on the board, Tampa Bay may run to the rostrum.

The Bucs met formally with Johnson in Indianapolis, a gathering wherein Bruce Arians participated. Johnson is a Davidson switch who commanded the rostrum with excellent presence on the Mix. He’s obtained the small faculty work ethic, bodily instruments and athletic presents the Bucs covet up entrance. On tape, Johnson is remarkably constant and a nasty finisher. After finding out a number of video games, I imagine he’s among the best gamers within the class.

Nevertheless, earlier than the Mix Johnson wasn’t a primary spherical lock in keeping with most draft analysts. I feel he’ll land within the first 32 picks now, however will he final to the Bucs’ choose? Many had Inexperienced forward of Johnson coming into the week. It’ll be fascinating to see what adjustments within the coming months.

6. The Bucs Are Determined To Hold Chris Godwin

I absolutely perceive the Bucs desperation to maintain Chris Godwin. It’s a sentiment I share fully. Shedding Godwin would make it arduous to say Tampa Bay received the offseason. However that doesn’t imply the Bucs will probably be innocent in the event that they preserve Godwin. Proper now, the experiences are rolling in from ESPN that the Bucs are more likely to put the franchise tag on Godwin by Tuesday’s 4pm EST deadline. That’s considerably of a shocker, principally as a result of the tag is effectively above Godwin’s per yr market worth.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

In line with PFF’s Brad Spielberger on the Pewter Report Podcast this week, Godwin is more likely to get round $16 million per yr. That payout would seemingly include a four-year contract. If the Bucs’ tag Godwin, they’ll owe him simply over $19 million this season. Now, it’s unlikely that Godwin would play on one other tag. The 2 sides would nearly actually ultimately attain a long run deal, however Tampa Bay may lose CB Carlton Davis within the course of.

Permitting Davis to hit the open market as a result of the Bucs couldn’t get a long run deal executed with Godwin regardless of over a yr to work on it could be egregiously unhealthy. This isn’t a Davante Adams-like contract. Godwin isn’t going to problem for top-tier WR wage. It shouldn’t be this tough to get a deal executed for him. However as a result of it’s, the Bucs are trying on the distinct risk of shedding Carlton Davis in free company. High cornerbacks hardly ever hit the market. Tampa Bay can’t permit Davis to get there. He’s means too essential to their protection.

It’s arduous to think about free company successful if the Bucs lose both Godwin or Davis. The workforce clearly wants each gamers again. Everybody else is replaceable as compared.

5. Tampa Bay Doing Homework On RBs In Draft

Arizona State RB Rachaad White Bucs

Arizona State RB Rachaad White – Picture by: USA At the moment

The Bucs are going through an offseason the place shedding a number of operating backs to free company is a definite risk. Leonard Fournette might value himself out of Tampa Bay, whereas the workforce doesn’t sound fascinated with bringing again Ronald Jones. No shock there. Additionally, veteran Giovani Bernard might head elsewhere. Which means the Bucs might enter 2022 with Ke’Shawn Vaughn because the lone holdover from final season.

In consequence, the Bucs are displaying main curiosity within the 2022 operating again class. From what Matt Matera and I might glean in Indianapolis, the Bucs met with at the very least ten operating backs. Arizona State operating again Rachaad White had a proper interview with the workforce, with the remainder of the conferences both casual or standing unknown. NFL groups get simply 45 formal interviews, so it may be fairly telling to know who the workforce has requested to fulfill with formally.

It’s not a premier operating again class, however the depth is superb. Loads of succesful backs might emerge from this draft. And the Bucs are nearly sure to pick one within the center rounds on the finish of April.

4. Bucs Prepping For Overhaul Of Tight Finish Room

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs are hoping to maintain premier free brokers at large receiver, cornerback and inside offensive line this offseason. However they know mass change is coming to at the very least one different positional group outdoors of operating again: tight finish. Cam Brate will seemingly be again for affordable, whereas O.J. Howard strikes on in free company. Rob Gronkowski might nonetheless be again, however he appears extra more likely to retire or maybe land with an AFC contender.

Fortunately for the Bucs, this class has tons of mid-round tight finish choices. In truth, the draft’s expertise pool strains up fairly properly with the Bucs’ potential wants. A lot of the high tight ends and operating backs will probably be on the board when the Bucs choose at No. 60, and several other might be accessible at No. 91 as effectively.

In one other fortuitous twist, this is among the higher blocking tight finish courses in a very long time. That’ll be the primary precedence for the Bucs when deciding on a good finish this yr. In Indy, Tampa Bay met with San Diego State’s Daniel Bellinger, Nebraska’s Austin Allen and Colorado State’s Trey McBride. Bellinger and McBride are ferocious blockers, with the previous actually impressing on the Mix. Positively names to remember for the Bucs transferring ahead.

3. Tampa Bay Is aware of They Want A New WR3

The Bucs are beneath no phantasm that Tyler Johnson will immediately blossom into a great WR3 this season. Or that Cyril Grayson’s 2-game breakout will grow to be a development for the 28-year outdated. Tampa Bay is aware of they should improve the No. 3 receiver spot. The wrestle is having restricted assets accessible in free company to take action.

North Dakota State WR Christian Watson

North Dakota State WR Christian Watson – Picture by: USA At the moment

Which may imply needing to make use of a premier choose on a wideout who can are available in and play important snaps straight away. We all know the Bucs talked to NDSU WR Christian Watson and Ohio State WR Chris Olave in Indy. I’m positive there have been others, however each Watson and Olave are potential targets at No. 27. Watson ran a 4.36 40 at 6-4 1/2, 208 kilos! Olave was spectacular too, operating a 4.39 at 6-0, 187 kilos.

An alternative choice might be Arkansas’ Treylon Burks. One of many SEC’s premier wideouts ran only a 4.55, however at 225 kilos. Burks is rocked up and has higher tape than any large receiver within the class. He was additionally clocked final season at almost 23 miles per hour. The Bucs put a variety of inventory in these tracked speeds, particularly at large receiver. It’s what prompted them to draft Johnson a couple of years in the past. Burks might be a legit choice at No. 27.

2. The Bucs Will Commerce For A High QB – If They Get The Likelihood

There’s zero query that the Bucs wish to be available in the market for a high quarterback this offseason. The issue is that none can be found. Aaron Rodgers goes again to Inexperienced Bay, or to an AFC workforce. Russell Wilson is staying in Seattle. Deshaun Watson isn’t an choice proper now. And there’s doubt he will probably be accessible this season. Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan are unlikely to be traded, particularly to the Bucs.

Bucs QB Kyle Trask

Bucs QB Kyle Trask – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

That leaves Tampa Bay with painfully few choices. Jimmy Garoppolo is going through a prolonged restoration from one other damage, and can be a horrible slot in Bruce Arians’ offense. Carson Wentz is simply unhealthy, interval. He’s performed poorly now beneath two of the higher coaches within the NFL. Giving up something for him in a commerce can be egregiously unhealthy.

Tampa Bay doesn’t wish to enter 2022 with Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask as their high two quarterbacks. However paying out important cash for a Teddy Bridgewater-level choice is even worse. It will restrict their means to convey again their very own key free brokers, all for a shot at going 9-8 as a primary spherical playoff exit. GM Jason Licht doesn’t must really feel any stress. He’ll get ample alternative to get the Bucs again on monitor at quarterback. The worst factor he can do is get determined to repair the place in an offseason with none solutions.

1. Anticipate Licht & Arians To Look For A Completely different Mould Subsequent To Vea

For Vita Vea’s complete profession, the Bucs have prioritized run-stuffing in any respect their defensive sort out spots. Ndamukong Suh and Will Gholston are succesful rushers, however each are way more point-of-attack run stuffers slightly than backfield penetrators. Anticipate the mildew of a Vea operating mate to alter within the coming weeks.

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt – Picture by: USA At the moment

“For us proper now, it’s quickness,” Arians mentioned when requested on the Mix what the Bucs want up entrance. “We’ve obtained power – we’ve obtained loads of power. We want some quickness within the inside cross rush. We’ve obtained a very good outdoors cross rush, so for us, it’s watching these guys and seeing whose inside cross rush [fits us]. But additionally who remains to be stout sufficient to cease the run. We don’t want one other Vita [Vea]. There’s not one other one on the market anyway. And if we get our guys again (Suh, Gholston, Steve McLendon), I’m positive too. However we’d like one thing faster in there.”

That’s a surprisingly clear quote, even for Arians. It additionally helps us slender the Bucs outlook on the line of defense. Arians’ standards casts some doubt on the Bucs drafting Jordan Davis or Travis Jones at No. 27. Davis seemingly received’t be there after an unimaginable Mix, however he was a cross speeding zero at Georgia, basically making no impression in any respect. Jones might be a stable rusher, however he’s 325 kilos of run-stuffing. Each gamers are way more within the Vea mildew than a penetrating kind of defensive sort out.

I might anticipate Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt to be very excessive on the Bucs board at No. 27. However, in a top-heavy defensive sort out class, I doubt he makes it to Tampa Bay. Houston’s Logan Corridor, Texas A&M’s DeMarvin Leal and Oklahoma’s Perrion Winfrey might be fallback targets. All have main questions primarily based on tape and measurements although. Later within the draft, Tennessee’s Matthew Butler might be on the Bucs listing.

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