Bucs 2022 Camp Preview: Cornerbacks

Bucs coaching camp is drawing close to and it’s time to preview the Bucs roster place by place. Pewter Report will break down and look at every roster spot, the gamers on the depth chart and preview the outlook for the 2022 season.

Subsequent up within the Bucs 2022 Camp Preview sequence is the cornerback place.


The cornerback room stays largely intact from final season. Though the Bucs can be hoping for higher harm luck this 12 months. Carlton Davis III was re-signed to a three-year deal to maintain him a Buccaneer for the foreseeable future. Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting enter the ultimate 12 months of their contracts. Dean will look to construct on a formidable 2021 season. Whereas Murphy-Bunting appears to be like to regain kind after an injury-plagued season final 12 months.

Behind the highest three is an intriguing mix of youth and expertise. Ross Cockrell is the oldest nook within the room and was cross-trained at security final season. Rashard Robinson is extra of a particular groups ace and can look to carve out a task there. Dee Delaney notched two begins final season and has impressed along with his enchancment all through the offseason. The Bucs added a rookie to the room with Zyon McCollum, who was probably the most athletic corners within the draft. Additionally they signed undrafted free brokers Kyler McMichael and Don Gardner, with McMichael receiving the best assured cash of any undrafted rookie signing.

Carlton Davis III

Davis stays one of many higher cowl corners within the league and was rewarded with a three-year, $45 million deal. He can successfully shut down one facet of subject, besting a few of the prime receivers within the league. With probably the most go breakups since getting into the NFL, one giant level of emphasis on his recreation can be creating turnovers. With a revamped entrance seven, Davis ought to as soon as once more get his palms on loads of passes. The important thing can be turning them into interceptions.

2021 Stats: 39 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 11 go breakups, 1 fumble restoration and an interception.

Jamel Dean

Dean has quietly developed right into a spectacular quantity two cornerback. He was the top-ranked nook final 12 months within the league when confronted with press-man protection and his velocity permits him to maintain up with faster receivers. He had the Twelfth-best protection grade of cornerbacks who performed 400 snaps or extra, per PFF, and solely allowed one landing all 12 months. Dean ought to take an excellent larger soar this season as he enters a contract 12 months.

2021 Stats: 53 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 9 go breakups and a pair of interceptions.

Sean Murphy-Bunting

Bucs CB Sean Murphy-Bunting – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

The season didn’t begin the best way Murphy-Bunting had hoped in 2021. Dislocating his elbow in Week 1 in opposition to the Cowboys, he missed eight video games earlier than he was in a position to return to the lineup. Whereas he had some struggles in protection, one space he was significantly good ultimately season was tackling ending Twelfth amongst corners with 400 snap or extra, per PFF. Heading into the ultimate 12 months of his rookie deal, Murphy-Bunting might want to have be extra constant and construct on the flashes he confirmed within the Bucs 2020 postseason run.

2021 Stats: 43 tackles, 1 deal with for loss, 3 go breakups and a pressured fumble.

Zyon McCollum

The Bucs drafted the athletic nook within the fifth spherical this 12 months, buying and selling a 2023 fourth-round decide to maneuver again into the draft to pick out him. He has the prototypical measurement and velocity the Bucs appears to be like for of their cornerbacks at 6-foot-2 with 4.33 velocity. The upside potential with McCollum is off the charts. He had the best testing rating on the NFL Scouting Mix of any cornerback in historical past. A two-year captain in school he has particular groups expertise, and will carve out a task on protection if he picks up the sport fast sufficient.

2021 School Stats: 50 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 5 go breakups, and three interceptions.

Dee Delaney

After bouncing across the league his first two seasons, Delaney discovered a touchdown spot with the Bucs final season. He began two video games for the Bucs when accidents ravaged the nook room and recorded his first profession interception. The “MVP” of the offseason, Delaney was in all places making performs throughout OTAs and mini-camp. He’ll look to construct off final season and is firmly in competition for the ultimate spot within the cornerback room.

2021 Stats: 17 tackles, 2 go breakups, and an interception.

Ross Cockrell

The Bucs cross-trained Cockrell at security throughout coaching camp final 12 months, although he noticed most of his 2021 recreation motion within the slot. Accidents within the secondary thrust him into the beginning line up for 4 contests. And whereas the veteran cornerback has the smarts and instincts to make performs, he didn’t at all times have the velocity to translate. The oldest cornerback within the room, he’ll be pushed this camp by youthful competitors, needing a stellar camp to stay on the roster.

2021 Stats: 43 tackles, 7 go breakups, and a pressured fumble.

Rashard Robinson

Bucs CB Rashard Robinson

Bucs CB Rashard Robinson – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Robinson’s offseason didn’t get off to an amazing begin when he was seen sporting a solid on his proper wrist throughout mini-camp. Whereas the extent of the harm is unknown, one of the best capability is availability and Robinson’s is unknown. His greatest guess is to indicate out once more on particular groups the place he logged 120 snaps final season in comparison with simply 25 on protection. With youthful gamers on the roster and seemingly able to go at the beginning of coaching camp, Robinson might have an uphill battle to climb to make the Bucs roster.

2021 Stats: 4 tackles1 particular groups deal with.

Kyler McMichael

McMichael has expertise in each man and zone protection schemes. He closes to the motion shortly, and is aggressive within the run recreation, particularly within the field. The previous Tar Heel has loads of upside to work with and shows good protection consciousness and instincts. McMichael might want to enhance his resolution making as a tackler, usually going for an enormous hit as a substitute of wrapping up. He reveals inconsistency getting off blocks and can open his hips early permitting him to get circled in protection. McMichael acquired the best assured cash of any of the Bucs undrafted free brokers and can attempt to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

2021 School Stats: 44 tackles, 7 go breakups, and an interception.

Don Gardner

Gardner is bodily nook that performs downhill in run help and enjoys taking part in within the field. He’s bought good measurement and velocity and tackling capability. Gardner might want to get stronger and can face a significantly better degree of competitors. He’ll want to indicate out on particular groups to have an opportunity to crack the Bucs roster.

2021 School Stats: 28 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 5 go breakups, and a pair of interceptions.