Of their third commerce up of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Bucs surrendered picks 235 and 261 within the seventh spherical to maneuver up into the top of the sixth spherical. Tampa Bay made the commerce with the convention rival Los Angeles Rams. With the 218th choice, GM Jason Licht picked Minnesota TE Ko Kieft.
Kieft is without doubt one of the nastiest blockers in the complete class at 6-4, 259 kilos. Kieft is actually an additional offensive lineman, working a 4.95 40-yard sprint at his professional day. That’s not a giant deal, contemplating Kieft caught simply 12 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns in his 5 years at Minnesota. Kieft is a monster blocker, able to driving defenders off the ball and pancaking them effectively down the sector. His blocking highlights are jaw-dropping.
Rewatching Minnesota vs Ohio State and I forgot how irritating Minnesota’s OLine substitutions are. Hilarious how usually they run 6 lineman or Ko Kieft. They belief Kieft 1v1 towards a 6’6 280 DE in each run and go. He flat out buries this dude a number of occasions👇 pic.twitter.com/UEf8gjGnzd
— BOLTS Draft Speak (@BoltsDraftTalk) April 9, 2022
Kieft is ready to contribute straight away as a blocker, however will in all probability by no means be greater than that. He’s very akin to Lee Smith, who had an amazing profession as a No. 3 blocking tight finish. 4 picks from the seventh spherical, it’s superior to discover a potential 2022 contributor. Most sixth/seventh spherical picks have their work minimize out for them to make the roster.
Licht’s addition of Washington TE Cade Otton and Kieft fortifies the Bucs tight finish group. The 2 rookies will be part of Cam Brate to kind a succesful trio in the intervening time. In fact, Rob Gronkowski’s potential return to the roster, if he staves off retirement for one more 12 months, may re-shape the tight finish room.