Bucs Monday Mailbag: Day 2 Draft Options

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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds solutions your questions from the @PewterReport Twitter account every week within the Bucs Monday Mailbag  Submit your query to the Bucs Monday Mailbag every week through Twitter utilizing the hashtag #PRMailbag. Listed here are the questions we selected to reply for this week’s version.

QUESTION: What are the possibilities the Bucs drop again out of Spherical 1 and choose up some extra draft capital?

ANSWER: There’s a likelihood Tampa Bay might commerce again on this draft, particularly if a number of gamers the Bucs are fascinated with can be found after they’re on the clock. Or even when the Bucs don’t have any of their early targets on the board at No. 27. Then buying and selling down makes much more sense.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and VP of player personnel John Spytek

Bucs GM Jason Licht and VP of participant personnel John Spytek – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

The massive query is whether or not common supervisor Jason Licht desires to easily commerce again a number of spots and get an additional draft choose or two. Or is Licht prepared to commerce out of the primary spherical altogether and forgo a first-round participant that will include a fifth-year choice? There’s some worth in that fifth-year choice.

Licht has but to commerce out of the primary spherical in his eight years main the Bucs’ struggle room. On the identical time, this shall be simply the second time in Licht’s time as Tampa Bay’s G.M. the place the staff is choosing previous No. 20. The nearer the Bucs are to the top of the primary around the better the probabilities of them buying and selling out as a result of proximity to the second spherical.

The Bucs need to draft the perfect participant accessible because of the truth that many of the beginning roles have been crammed in free company. That makes me consider the Bucs will both choose at No. 27 or possibly commerce again a number of spots, however not out of the primary spherical if Licht will help it.

QUESTION: How do you’re feeling about focusing on a decent finish on the second day?

ANSWER: Given the truth that the Bucs solely have two tight ends on the roster I might be all in favor of drafting one early. Cameron Brate and Codey McElroy, a former apply squader, are the staff’s solely tight ends. Tampa Bay is hopeful that future Corridor of Famer Rob Gronkowski returns for an additional yr. Gronkowski has hinted that he may come again, however stays noncommittal.

I think that Gronkowski, who likes to get together within the offseason, will re-sign ultimately. In all probability after OTAs and earlier than coaching camp. If Gronkowski doesn’t return tight finish turns into an enormous place of want. Even when he does, Gronkowski will possible solely be again for yet one more season.

With Gronkowski turning 33 subsequent month, and with Brate turning 31 in July, the Bucs want a younger, starting-caliber tight finish within the hopper able to take over in 2023. Tampa Bay hoped it could be O.J. Howard, a former first-round choose in 2017. However he fell out of favor with the teaching workers and signed a one-year deal in Buffalo to attempt to reboot his profession.

The Bucs have proven plenty of curiosity in Colorado State tight finish Trey McBride and Washington tight finish Cade Otton. McBride shall be drafted within the second spherical, and was the Bucs’ choose at No. 60 in the latest Pewter Report 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft 4.0. Otton is considered a possible second- or third-round choose. Each of these tight ends are good blockers and receivers.

QUESTION: At one level do the Bucs tackle the backup inside linebacker? Lavonte David shouldn’t be going to be round ceaselessly. Okay.J. Britt is a pleasant piece however doesn’t have the pace of David or Devin White. Wouldn’t it be outrageous to suppose a second-day choose could possibly be used on inside linebacker?

ANSWER: Tampa Bay invested two Day 3 draft picks in inside linebackers Okay.J. Britt (fifth spherical) and Grant Stuard (seventh spherical) final yr. The staff sees a future on protection for Britt, who made good strides behind the scenes final yr. The massive query is whether or not Britt has the athleticism to be a future potential starter to exchange Lavonte David. Or if he’s simply greatest suited to exchange veteran Kevin Minter because the No. 3 linebacker. The guess right here is the previous.

Bucs ILBs KJ Britt and Grant Stuard

Bucs ILBs KJ Britt and Grant Stuard – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs will in all probability draw that conclusion themselves by this yr’s coaching camp and preseason. Minter has but to be re-signed. However the early prediction is that Britt’s ceiling is as a major backup – not a starter.

As for Stuard, he’s a particular groups demon. The Bucs really feel he has the potential to be a Professional Bowl-caliber particular groups tackler just like the Patriots’ Matthew Slater. But he has some measurement and athletic limitations that in all probability gained’t make him a substitute for David.

Given the truth that changing David sooner somewhat than later will should be addressed, I might see the Bucs use a second day choose on an inside linebacker this yr if the appropriate participant was there. That wouldn’t shock me, particularly with defensive-minded head coach in Todd Bowles in cost now. Montana State’s Troy Andersen and Georgia’s Channing Tindall could possibly be choices within the second spherical. Wyoming’s Chad Muma could be a third- or fourth-round choose.

QUESTION: Two half query – is there any likelihood the Bucs are going to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul? If you happen to had a crystal ball, who would you see as the following free agent to hitch the staff?

ANSWER: I don’t suppose the Bucs will re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul. He’s handled accidents the final three years in a row and is 33. Pierre-Paul is coming off main shoulder surgical procedure to restore a torn rotator cuff. If Tampa Bay does entertain the thought it gained’t be till nearer to coaching camp as a result of he’ll need to go a bodily.

However with the Bucs drafting Joe Tryon-Shoyinka within the first spherical final yr, the staff will need him to begin reverse Shaq Barrett. Bringing again a veteran like Pierre-Paul, who has an alpha persona, will solely stunt Tryon-Shoyinka’s progress in 2022. Pierre-Paul will need enjoying time and that will be detrimental to Tryon-Shoyinka’s improvement.

Anthony Nelson got here on late final season and had a career-high 5 sacks. He’s coming into a contract yr and can possible be the staff’s No. 3 go rusher. Tampa Bay will need to know what Nelson’s ceiling is earlier than he hits free company. If Pierre-Paul returns he would take some valuable snaps away from Nelson, too.

The Bucs might very effectively draft one other edge rusher to compete with Cam Gill and Elijah Ponder. Minnesota’s Boye Mafe could possibly be an choice within the first spherical if he’s the perfect participant accessible at No. 27. Or Tampa Bay might wait till later within the draft to pick out one other outdoors linebacker. But the Bucs may really feel snug with the potential of Gill and Ponder, who was on the apply squad final yr, and have them duke it out for OLB4 this yr.

QUESTION: With Ronald Jones now in Kansas Metropolis, and with the remainder of the RB room again, it appears they might be missing a real between-the-guards menace. Any ideas on the place that, albeit minor, hole will get crammed? Or, is that this extra of a perceived hole?

Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller 2022 NFL Draft

Texas A&M RB Isaiah Spiller – Picture by USA At this time

ANSWER: Tampa Bay re-signed beginning halfback Leonard Fournette and third-down position participant Giovani Bernard this offseason. The Bucs even have Ke’Shawn Vaughn coming into his third yr, in addition to Kenjon Barner. However the staff does want one other early-down again that may run between the tackles to exchange Ronald Jones II.

Vaughn hasn’t confirmed that he can deal with the workload if Fournette goes down with an damage. Drafting one other starting-caliber again as a substitute of one other third-down, pass-catching position participant could be very best. Catching the ball and being a go protector are traits that any Bucs working again will need to have.

However Tampa Bay wants one other again that may deal with 15-20 carries a sport if essential. The Bucs hope that participant is Vaughn, however they may want an insurance coverage coverage simply in case he’s not.

There are a number of intriguing choices that the Bucs might pursue within the 2022 NFL Draft. Iowa State’s Breece Corridor could possibly be drafted within the second spherical. Texas A&M’s Isaiah Spiller and BYU’s Tyler Allgeier may be choices within the third spherical. Florida’s Dameon Pierce and Arizona State’s Rachaad White could also be targets within the fourth spherical.


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