With 2022 NFL Draft is simply 9 days away, Bucs common supervisor Jason Licht held his annual pre-draft press convention. He coated a spread of matters, from the workforce’s offseason strikes, to his ideas on the upcoming draft. Whereas it’s no secret this draft is devoid of high tier expertise, groups will undoubtedly fall in love with sure gamers. As draft day approaches groups get excited on the probability to enhance their franchise. There are not any generational skills and few true first spherical graded prospects this 12 months. Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply this draft isn’t full of fine gamers. Particularly within the center rounds.
“As you begin diving in and doing increasingly work, as we have now the final couple months, you begin to get increasingly enthusiastic about it,” Licht mentioned. “That occurs yearly with the draft. Initially you assume, nicely perhaps it’s not going to be as robust, but it surely does appear to be a draft [where] there’s going to be some good gamers within the mid rounds, for certain. There is probably not 30 guys that you simply assume are legit first-round picks however there’s going to be a variety of good gamers within the center rounds.”
One of many causes this draft is so deep within the center rounds is a product of the COVID-shortened – or in some instances cancelled – season in 2020. Gamers who usually would have elected to enter the draft, determined to return to high school for an additional 12 months. Tampa Bay has wants at defensive sort out, tight finish, working again and probably outdoors linebacker and the secondary. Rounds 3-4 appear superb to pick out a decent finish and a working again this 12 months with the amount of mid-round expertise.
Because it stands now, the Bucs have picks in rounds 1-4, in addition to a pair of seventh-rounders. However Tampa Bay traded away its fifth- and sixth-round picks for veteran gamers. One of many massive matters of debate not too long ago is whether or not the Bucs ought to contemplate buying and selling again to recoup these picks. Licht mentioned that state of affairs will actually rely upon how the board falls forward of them.
“It simply relies on how the board goes to fall,” Licht mentioned. “It relies on how the circulation goes throughout the day, whether or not it’s Day One, Two or Three. Is dependent upon what gamers are left on the board. It’s at all times one thing … I at all times had a considered buying and selling for picks for subsequent 12 months. It simply hasn’t actually labored out that approach as a result of there’s been gamers that we’ve appreciated. I’ll say it yearly, you guys in all probability get sick of me saying it: All choices are on the desk proper now.”
Licht has been no stranger to creating strikes within the draft. If the board falls sure methods, he will definitely area calls to maneuver across the board. Commerce discussions will begin heating up subsequent week main into the draft. If we all know one factor, it’s that Licht is at all times prepared to pay attention – and transfer.