The Bucs had simply six picks coming into the 2022 NFL Draft. Tampa Bay kicked issues off with a commerce to amass extra picks on Day 1 by buying and selling out of the primary spherical. The group continued that pattern into Day 3 when it traded a 2023 fourth-rounder to maneuver again into the fifth spherical to take Sam Houston State cornerback Zyon McCollum.
Talking with the native Tampa Bay space media after he was chosen, McCollum recalled telling a Bucs scout on the NFL Scouting Mix he would run a 4.3 40-yard sprint. After listening to that, he stated the scout responded if he ran sub 4.45, Tampa Bay was going to draft him.
“On the Senior Bowl, [Bucs] space scouts have been asking me what I used to be going to run on the Mix [with] my velocity,” stated McCollum. “I advised them I used to be going to run within the 4.3 second [range]. Worst case state of affairs – 4.4 low. They sort of seemed a bit shocked. They stated, ‘In case you run sub-4.45, then we’re going to draft you.”
Bucs’ Problem Accepted
Vice chairman of participant personnel John Spytek spoke after the draft. In truth, Spytek recalled speaking concerning the dialog McCollum had with Donovan Cotton, the scout who interviewed him.
“I assume he accepted that problem, huh?,” Spytek stated. “We had a very good snicker at that. That was Donovan [Cotton], our southwest scout, who interviewed him on the Senior Bowl. I feel what Donovon meant was, if you are able to do that, we’ll take you and also you’re our sort of nook.”
McCollum made good on his phrase, operating a 4.33 40-yard sprint on the Mix. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound cornerback did extra than simply run quick. He posted the very best Relative Athletic Rating of any cornerback in Mix historical past. After that efficiency, McCollum stated the Bucs texted his agent to allow them to know they wished to draft him.
“After the Mix – I feel the evening I had that efficiency on the Mix – they texted my agent and stated, ‘Zyon McCollum goes to be a Buccaneer’,” McCollum stated. “So, I simply took it with a grain of salt. Nevertheless it truly got here true. They weren’t mendacity.”
McCollum Is The Bucs’ Kind Of Cornerback
McCollum’s distinctive mix of measurement, velocity and athleticism, in addition to his manufacturing, actually caught the Bucs’ consideration. Bodily and athletically, he’s precisely what they search for in a nook. Over his 5 years in school, McCollum racked up 10 tackles for loss, six compelled fumbles, 54 move breakups and 13 interceptions.
“You recognize, 6-2 and [runs] a 4.38,” Spytek stated. “While you have a look at our nook room, that’s who we’re after proper now. So he made good on it, I assume. We made him a Buc.”
It took a commerce of a future fourth-round decide to land him, however the Bucs made good on their phrase, too. Now McCollum will be part of a loaded nook room with the chance to contribute on particular groups as a gunner instantly. Finally, he might compete for a beginning spot subsequent season. Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Ross Cockrell and Logan Ryan are all free brokers after this season.