Two weeks from now, the 2022 NFL Draft can be almost underway. The Bucs sit at No. 27 total with none apparent, crying wants. That makes it a bit little bit of a thriller what course they’ll go within the draft. However The Athletic’s draft professional Dane Brugler took a crack at predicting all six of the Bucs’ 2022 draft picks in his newest 7-round mock draft.
At No. 27, Brugler chosen Georgia defensive deal with Devonte Wyatt. Primarily based on my observations, this could be a house run choose within the eyes of most Bucs’ followers. Tampa Bay at the moment has simply 4 of final 12 months’s defensive deal with rotation underneath contract in Vita Vea, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Will Gholston and Pat O’Connor. And O’Connor is seldomly used on protection, so not less than two rotation spots are open.
Wyatt would instantly fill an enormous want for the Bucs, offering an athletic, disruptive 3-technique subsequent to Vea. Final 12 months at Georgia, Wyatt managed 2.5 sacks and 7 tackles for loss. However he performed as a part of a deep rotation, solely seeing the sector for 423 snaps. Throughout the pre-draft course of, Wyatt has confirmed his athleticism and expertise. He wants polish as a move rusher, however he’s run defender with terrific explosiveness and vary. Wyatt is the prototype defensive deal with that Bruce Arians’ described from the staff’s want checklist on the NFL Scouting Mix.
“For us proper now, it’s quickness,” Arians stated when requested on the Mix what the Bucs want up entrance. “We’ve acquired power. We’ve acquired loads of power. We’d like some quickness within the inside move rush. We’ve acquired exterior move rush. So for us, it’s watching these guys and seeing whose inside move rush [fits us]. But in addition 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 advantageous too. However we want one thing faster in there.”
Bucs Crush Day 2 In Brugler Mock Draft
Within the second spherical, Brugler selected Colorado State tight finish Trey McBride for the Bucs. McBride has visited with the staff a number of instances over the previous few months. He was interviewed formally on the Mix, earlier than assembly with Tampa Bay on a High 30 go to just lately. Since Rob Gronkowski has but to decide on his future, Cam Brate is the one legit tight finish on the roster proper now. The Bucs are nearly sure to pick a decent finish on this draft, and there’s clear curiosity in McBride. This choose makes numerous sense.
For the Bucs’ third spherical choose, Brugler chosen UCLA offensive lineman Sean Rhyan. Once more, that is very a lot a Bucs’ sort of participant. Rhyan performed left deal with his whole profession at UCLA, however can be a guard within the NFL. Previously, GM Jason Licht has chosen school tackles (Ali Marpet, Alex Cappa, Robert Hainsey, Nick Leverett) to maneuver them inside. Rhyan is an effective athlete with terrific energy and measurement. He additionally hasn’t missed a sport in three seasons. He’s the prototype of what the Bucs search for alongside the offensive line.
Tampa Bay Lands Steal On Day 3
If the Bucs are in a position to come away with Texas A&M operating again Isaiah Spiller in Spherical 4, each Bucs fan must be beaming. That’s how Brugler has it taking part in out. Spiller is an ideal slot in Tampa Bay, with the scale, polish and well-rounded ability set to make an early affect. He could not should, given Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard’s presence on the roster. However Spiller’s tackle-breaking and elusiveness, mixed with glorious third down expertise, would push for taking part in time anyway.
Brugler’s mock concludes with the Bucs deciding on Michigan CB Vincent Grey and Clemson LB Baylon Spector within the seventh spherical.
This may be an excellent haul for the Bucs. In the event that they don’t commerce again, it’s exhausting to think about many higher outcomes taking part in out in two weeks. All that might be left is for the staff to re-sign Gronkowski and Ndamukong Suh to finish the 2022 roster.
You possibly can learn the whole 32-team, 7-round mock draft proper right here.