Bucs 2022 Draft Order Revealed


By advantage of their 13-4 common season end to the 2021 common season, the Bucs may have the twenty seventh general choose within the 2022 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay was tied for the league’s greatest file with Inexperienced Bay. However because the Packers had the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoffs on account of a tiebreaker, Inexperienced Bay may have the twenty eighth general choice behind Tampa Bay.

The Bucs may have one choose in every spherical aside from the sixth. Tampa Bay beforehand traded its sixth-round choose to Philadelphia. There may be the possibility the Bucs may acquire an additional choice or two when compensatory draft picks are introduced later this spring.

NFL Mock Drafts are popping out fast hearth, and Pewter Report’s first 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft will probably be revealed on Thursday, January 27.

The Bucs will enter the 2022 offseason with a slew of unrestricted free brokers the staff might want to think about re-signing or changing, together with 10 starters. Listed below are the staff’s most urgent personnel wants.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Tampa Bay solely has two defensive linemen below contract in 2022 – Vita Vea and Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Will 35-year outdated Ndamukong Suh and 36-year outdated Steve McLendon retire? Will 30-year outdated Will Gholston be re-signed? This 12 months’s defensive position draft class actually lacks high quality and amount. There might not be a defensive deal with taken till the second spherical this 12 months. So the Bucs may be higher off addressing the defensive position in free company. Getting Gholston again appears seemingly, and re-signing Suh for another season can be a significant coup.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Bucs QB Tom Brady, RG Alex Cappa and C Ryan Jensen – Photograph by: USA At the moment

The Bucs had three offensive linemen make the Professional Bowl this 12 months. A type of Professional Bowlers, heart Ryan Jensen, will probably be a free agent in 2022 together with proper guard Alex Cappa. Tampa Bay seemingly can’t afford to deliver each again. Re-signing Jensen makes probably the most sense as he’s the chief up entrance and the higher participant. If the Bucs hope to get Tom Brady to stay round for an additional season having his beginning heart again is smart. Robert Hainsey, the staff’s fourth-round choose in 2021, is the eventual starter, however he’s not prepared but. Changing a guard like Cappa can be simpler. The Bucs may re-sign Aaron Stinnie as a less expensive choice. The staff has in-house choices in Nick Leverett, Sadarius Hutcherson and John Molchon. This 12 months’s draft is filled with high quality guards and tackles that could possibly be transformed to guards.

WIDE RECEIVER

Chris Godwin is a free agent coming off a torn ACL. It’s a secure wager to imagine he’ll re-sign in Tampa Bay, however the Bucs offense is broad receiver-driven. With Antonio Brown gone, there’s a clear gap on the No. 3 receiver spot. Breshad Perriman is a free agent, and is de facto  No. 4 receiver at greatest. The identical could possibly be stated of Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller, who’re each below contract in 2022. Cyril Grayson, Jr. is a free agent too, and Jaelon Darden didn’t do a lot to impress as a rookie receiver. Discovering one other versatile play-making receiver with beginning potential for three-receiver units is a precedence this offseason. This can be a good 12 months to discover a receiver because it’s crammed with high quality and amount.

CORNERBACK

Bucs CBs Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean

Bucs CBs Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs will both re-sign Carlton Davis III or use the franchise tag on him. Davis will return together with Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting – each of whom are coming into a contract 12 months. Tampa Bay doesn’t want to pick a cornerback this 12 months, however it could clever to draft and develop one. The Bucs gained’t seemingly have the trio of Davis, Dean and Murphy-Bunting again in 2023. It’s seemingly Murphy-Bunting or Dean would depart. Given the variety of accidents the staff suffered on the cornerback place, drafting one this 12 months can be clever to have him able to presumably begin in 2023. The cornerback crop appears fairly deep this 12 months.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Whereas Tampa Bay spent a first-round choose on edge rusher Joe Tryon-Shoyinka final 12 months, the Bucs may want one other younger move rusher that may get to the quarterback. Jason Pierre-Paul is oft-injured, simply turned 33 and may have offseason shoulder surgical procedure. He’s a free agent and his return will not be sure. Shaquil Barrett turns 30 within the fall, and Anthony Nelson is within the closing 12 months of his contract. The Bucs needed to play a number of video games with JPP and Barrett on the finish of the season and the Bucs’ move rush suffered. Drafting Barrett’s eventual substitute early and creating him to pair with JTS down the highway looks as if a clever transfer. If the Bucs are going to get one, it must be early. This isn’t a very deep class of edge rushers.

RUNNING BACK

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs solely have Ke’Shawn Vaughn below contract in 2022. Regardless of Bruce Arians’ assertion that he is usually a “lead again” Vaughn’s mediocre statistics counsel in any other case. Will Leonard Fournette be re-signed? What about Giovani Bernard? The departure of Ronald Jones II appears inevitable. This 12 months’s draft class lacks star energy on the place, however there are a few intriguing pass-catching backs on this 12 months’s class that match Tampa Bay’s system.

TIGHT END

Solely Cameron Brate is below contract in 2022, and he’s set to earn a $6.5 million base wage. Brate will seemingly should take a pay minimize if the staff desires him again. Rob Gronkowski’s doable return is probably going tied as to whether Tom Brady sticks round for an additional season. O.J. Howard, the Bucs’ first-round choose in 2017, hasn’t been the identical since tearing his Achilles final 12 months. It appears seemingly that he’ll get a contemporary begin elsewhere. This 12 months’s tight finish class appears to be deeper than traditional with expertise.

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