Bucs Monday Mailbag: Plenty Of Draft Talk


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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 by way of Twitter utilizing the hashtag #PRMailbag. Listed here are the questions we selected to reply for this week’s version.

QUESTION: Who do you see the Bucs taking between Devonte Wyatt and Treylon Burks in the event that they’re each obtainable? 

ANSWER: I believe it is likely to be a troublesome choice between the Bucs drafting Georgia defensive sort out Devonte Wyatt and Arkansas huge receiver Treylon Burks. The Bucs have introduced each gamers in for a Prime 30 go to, along with interviews on the NFL Scouting Mix. Wyatt would assist Tampa Bay fill an even bigger, extra urgent want at defensive sort out. Burks could be extra of a luxurious choose, because the Bucs have three high quality, starting-caliber receivers in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Russell Gage.

Arkansas WR Treylon Burks

Arkansas WR Treylon Burks – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

I’ve already said my choice. In Friday’s SR’s Fab 5 I wrote about how the Bucs ought to truly commerce as much as draft Burks. He’s a particular participant. Burks is a giant, 6-foot-3, 225-pound receiver with nice measurement, leaping skill and yards-after-catch expertise. I believe he’s the perfect receiver within the 2022 NFL Draft, and he could be a steal at No. 27. If Burks makes it that far.

I watched Wyatt play almost each recreation at Georgia during the last two years. He’s an excellent, athletic defensive sort out who ran a 4.77 at 6-foot-3, 307 kilos. However he was the second-best defensive sort out on the Bulldogs final 12 months behind Jalen Carter. Wyatt is a fast, twitchy defensive sort out, however the place is the pass-rushing manufacturing? He had simply 5 sacks at Georgia, together with a career-high 2.5 final 12 months together with two pressured fumbles and a fumble restoration.

I’m simply unsure Wyatt is a particular participant. There are sometimes solely about 20 gamers with first-round grades annually. There is likely to be fewer than that on this 12 months’s draft class. Even at No. 27 the Bucs ought to need to draft a particular participant. I believe Burks has extra particular qualities than Wyatt does. However my identify isn’t Jason Licht. We’ll see what the Bucs do in the event that they face that situation on April 28.

QUESTION: Do the Bucs have any curiosity in Daxton Hill? He looks like a playmaker from the slot. I do know he’s listed as a security, however he appears sufficiently big and athletic sufficient to play nook?

ANSWER: Tampa Bay did have a proper interview with Michigan defensive again Daxton Hill on the NFL Scouting Mix. It’s unknown whether or not he’s coming to the ability for a Prime 30 go to, or if the Bucs have labored him out on campus. However sure, he could be an excellent slot in Tampa Bay at No. 27 or ideally later.

Hill might be greatest as a free security within the NFL, however he did play 580 snaps within the slot final 12 months for the Wolverines. At 6-foot, 192 kilos, Hill is sufficiently big to play slot cornerback within the NFL and deep. He’s in all probability somewhat gentle to play within the field as a robust security. Todd Bowles asks his safeties to rotate and play each free and powerful, and I’m unsure that Hill is a perfect candidate because of this.

Hill’s 4.38 pace makes him succesful sufficient to play within the slot in Tampa Bay. He has damaged up 15 passes and picked off 4 others in his three years as a starter, along with recovering three fumbles. Is Hill an ideal scheme match with the Bucs? Most likely not, however he’s sensible and athletic sufficient to be a slot in purple and pewter.

QUESTION: Why are the Bucs not taking a look at cornerbacks within the draft? The secondary has been horrible for years.

ANSWER: Who says the Bucs aren’t taking a look at cornerbacks? They’ve introduced two cornerbacks in for Prime 30 visits this offseason – Auburn’s Roger McCreary and Nebraska’s Cam Taylor-Britt. Each lack excellent peak to play on the surface in Todd Bowles’ protection, however is likely to be candidates to play within the slot. McCreary and Taylor-Britt are thought of to be Day 2 draft prospects. If the Bucs draft a cornerback it would doubtless be in rounds 2-4.

Nebraska CB Cam Taylor-Britt Bucs

Nebraska CB Cam Taylor-Britt – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

I wouldn’t agree that Tampa Bay’s secondary has been horrible for years. Carlton Davis III has been one of many league’s greatest cornerbacks for the final couple of seasons. He simply earned a contract extension value $14.833 million per season, in line with OverTheCap.com. Security Antoine Winfield, Jr. simply made the Professional Bowl in his second 12 months within the NFL. Jamel Dean was one of many protection’s most improved gamers and had his greatest 12 months at exterior cornerback.

Dean and nickel cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting are coming into a contract 12 months, and there’s an excellent probability just one returns. Because it stands proper now, Dean is the higher participant. In consequence, the Bucs is likely to be trying to discover some competitors for Murphy-Bunting within the slot. Veteran Logan Ryan was signed this offseason, however just for one 12 months. The Bucs will want a long-term choice there.

And with all the accidents at cornerback in 2021, the Bucs have been shell-shocked on the place. So I wouldn’t be stunned to see normal supervisor Jason Licht and Bowles draft a cornerback this 12 months because of this.

QUESTION: What are the possibilities the Bucs go tight finish (Trey McBride) at No. 27 or commerce down a number of spots and choose him? Tight finish is woefully skinny, and McBride appears to be an excellent prospect.

ANSWER: You might be right that the Bucs have a giant want at tight finish. With simply Cameron Brate and Codey McElroy on the roster proper now, Tampa Bay wants so as to add two extra tight ends to the depth chart. The Bucs are hopeful that Rob Gronkowski, the starter for the final two years, re-signs. However even when he does, Gronkowski will flip 33 in Might, and Brate will flip 31 in July. There’s a reasonably good probability that 2022 could be the final for each veterans in Tampa Bay.

The Bucs will draft a good finish this 12 months, doubtless between rounds 2-4. This can be a strong draft on the place with a number of No. 2-caliber tight ends. Colorado State’s Trey McBride is an excellent athlete, and is coming off a monster season by which he recorded 90 catches for 1,121 yards and one landing final season. McBride gained the John Mackey Award for the nation’s greatest tight finish final 12 months.

At 6-foot-4, 256 kilos and operating a sub 4.6 time within the 40-yard sprint, McBride has the ability set to be a starter within the league. Can he be a Professional Bowler in Tampa Bay or elsewhere? It will rely on his growth and the scenario he goes to. Time will inform.

Pewter Report did have the Bucs taking McBride in its newest Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft, however within the second spherical. I don’t suppose he’s particular sufficient to be drafted at No. 27 or perhaps a few spots again. I do suppose McBride might be drafted between the highest of the second spherical and No. 60, which is when Tampa Bay is scheduled to pick.

If Mike Evans retains tempo, is that this the 12 months he will get extra nationwide recognition across the league?

Bucs WR Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

ANSWER: Mike Evans is a four-time Professional Bowler and a Tremendous Bowl champion. Evans is coming off a Professional Bowl look final 12 months after he recorded his eighth straight 1,000-yard season. That established a brand new NFL document. Evans is on tempo to develop into a Corridor of Famer because of this.

Some receivers like Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams do get extra publicity and nationwide recognition than Evans, however all people within the league is aware of who Evans is by now. Having Tom Brady throw the ball to him for a 3rd straight 12 months will solely proceed to lift his profile.

QUESTION: Any talks concerning the Bucs extending Donovan Smith’s contract?

ANSWER: No, not presently. Any extension for left sort out Donovan Smith would doubtless include a pay enhance, and the Bucs look like achieved with rising their payroll. The identical goes for extending Mike Evans’ contract, which the crew is probably going not keen to do proper now.

Like Smith, Evans would deserve a increase, too. Whereas the Bucs may scale back the first-year salaries of every participant with an extension, they don’t need to pay greater than they must proper now. Evans and Smith have two extra years left on their present contracts. Additionally, the Bucs simply prolonged Smith final offseason. It will be uncommon to supply one other extension so shortly.



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