Draft Crushes The Bucs Should Select

For this weekend’s Pewter Report Roundtable, the crew tackles one other powerful query. This week’s immediate: who’s every workers member’s 2022 NFL Draft Crush they’d like to see the Bucs choose subsequent week?

Scott Reynolds: I’m Crushing On Burks – Receiver And Boar Hunter

I get it. Large receiver isn’t practically a urgent want like defensive sort out and tight finish are for the Bucs. Tampa Bay simply re-signed Chris Godwin to a three-year extension that averages $20 million per season. And the Bucs simply added receiver Russell Gage on a three-year deal price $10 million per yr. However the Bucs offense is receiver-driven and actually wants 4 starting-caliber receivers. When Antonio Brown went AWOL and Godwin, Breshad Perriman and Cyril Grayson, Jr. have been out with accidents, the Bucs didn’t have sufficient firepower to beat the Rams within the playoffs. Mike Evans had an important recreation towards Jalen Ramsey, however he alone wasn’t sufficient.

Arkansas WR Treylon Burks – Photograph by: USA At the moment

So give me Arkansas vast receiver Treylon Burks, my draft crush, in pink and pewter, please. Commerce up for him if it’s a must to, Jason Licht. This 6-foot-3, 225-pound receiver is particular. He performs sooner than his 4.55 pace and had a school-record six 100-yard video games final yr for the Razorbacks the place he caught 66 passes for 1,104 yards (16.7 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. His greatest recreation was versus Alabama when he had eight receptions for 179 yards and two TDs in a slim, 42-35 loss.

Burks performed principally within the slot, however has the body and talent to play outdoors within the NFL. I like the truth that he is usually a slot receiver too, simply in case Godwin’s rehab stalls and he’s in some way not prepared for Week 1. When his fifth-year choice comes due in 2026, Evans shall be 33 years outdated. I’m not pushing Evans into retirement any time quickly. However ought to he determine to name it quits at that time, Tampa Bay would have already got his substitute onboard in Burks. Plus, the person hunts boars in Arkansas – with a knife! GIVE ME TREYLON BURKS!

Matt Matera: If Mafe Is Nonetheless Round In The 2nd, Draft Him

Drafting an edge rusher isn’t on the high of the precedence listing for the Bucs. That doesn’t imply they need to keep away from drafting one in the event that they get good worth. When you have Shaq Barrett, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Anthony Nelson in place, Mafe would make for excellent depth as a fourth edge, with all due respect to Cam Gill. With Nelson on the final yr of his deal, you’re probably grooming a future starter.

Minnesota DE Boye Mafe

Minnesota DE Boye Mafe – Photograph by: USA At the moment

Mafe is the very best cross rusher that I believe can nonetheless be accessible for the Bucs within the second spherical. Mafe additionally has some historical past residing outdoors of the States, going to boarding faculty in his dad or mum’s residence nation of Nigeria for eighth grade. He’s acquired nice athleticism off the sting and stable bend. Mafe will all the time hold at it on a play even when it’s not going straight in the direction of him. 

He nonetheless has so much to be taught when it comes to cross speeding talent and general instincts for the sport. With that stated, Mafe had an superior exhibiting on the Senior Bowl, standing out at apply after which kicking it to a different stage within the recreation. He led the way in which with a multi-sack outing. Getting higher annually at Minnesota, Mafe completed with 34 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks and a compelled fumble in his senior yr.

Jon Ledyard: Nonetheless Love Zion Johnson’s Match In Tampa Bay

I’ve watched a variety of gamers throughout my 2022 NFL Draft preparation. However, regardless of months of tape examine and information cumulation, there are few gamers I might be happier about in Tampa Bay than Boston Faculty’s Zion Johnson. The previous Golden Eagle checks all of the bodily and athletic bins for the place. He additionally stood out in the course of the pre-draft course of for his excellent play on the Senior Bowl.

Boston College G Zion Johnson Bucs

Boston Faculty G Zion Johnson – Photograph by: USA At the moment

However what most intrigues me with Johnson is the tape. He’s a dominant run blocker, able to bodying on a double crew or reaching extra athletic linemen in a zone scheme. Johnson is hard as nails and thrives as a finisher. He stays principally penalty free because of excellent smarts and technical talent too. And in cross safety, Johnson’s greatest wrestle is simply dealing with twists. One-on-one, he handles energy and quickness with equal aplomb. Including Johnson to a beginning group of Donovan Smith, Ryan Jensen, Shaq Mason and Tristan Wirfs can be terrifying for opponents.

In fact, I’d love Johnson to Tampa Bay in a vacuum. I acknowledge that on an offensive line that already has 4 premier starters, a beneficial asset shouldn’t have to be used on the fifth spot. A pass-rushing defensive sort out, playmaking vast receiver or gifted cornerback in all probability result in extra wins within the lengthy haul. However Johnson has one among my few first spherical grades within the class. To land a expertise like that at No. 27 would make for a superb offensive lineup in Tampa Bay.

J.C. Allen: All In On Houston DT Logan Corridor To Bucs

You guys already know the way I really feel about Cole Unusual. However with a “perceived want” at defensive sort out, Logan Corridor suits the invoice. Corridor gives large flexibility, in a position to align outdoors at 5-tech within the Bucs base protection. He can even kick inside to 3-tech on apparent passing downs and create strain that approach. He’s a powerful run defender with a depraved first step. Corridor additionally has a powerful bull rush and demonstrates nice speed-to-power capacity.

Houston DT Logan Hall Bucs

Houston DT Logan Corridor – Photograph by: USA At the moment

Corridor completed his school profession with 50 complete tackles, 20.5 for loss and eight sacks. Six-and-a-half of these sacks got here his remaining season. On the Mix he ran a 4.88 40-yard sprint and posted a 1.68 10-yard break up. Spectacular numbers for a participant his dimension. Corridor additionally posted the very best shuttle rating and tied for the very best three-cone time amongst defensive linemen.

With Ndamukong Suh probably returning, Corridor will have the ability to work within the rotation retaining guys recent as he will get acclimated to the NFL. He provides a much-needed enhance of youth to an growing older line that has solely Vita Vea locked up previous this season. Whereas he won’t ever be a dominant participant like Suh, Corridor may very well be an ideal substitute for Will Gholston who’s on a one-year deal. I don’t like it as a lot at 27, but when the Bucs can commerce again into the early second, Corridor can be an important addition to the defensive entrance.

Josh Queipo: Give Me Zyon. Not That One. The OTHER One.

Logan Ryan, Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Mike Edwards, Keanu Neal. That could be a lengthy listing of pending free brokers within the Bucs secondary. That truth, coupled with accidents Tampa Bay suffered by final yr within the defensive backfield, it is smart that DB can be excessive on their draft wants.

I’m extra a fan of serving to fill out the nook aspect of issues. And one nook that stands out to me is Sam Houston State’s Zyon McCollum. The 6-2, 199-pound McCollum combines uncommon pace and athleticism together with his superb body to create the constructing blocks for a prototypical Bucs nook. His measurables are actually ELITE, working a 4.33 40-yard sprint, sub 4 second 3-cone, and nearly 40-inch vertical, and 11-foot broad bounce.

McCollum isn’t only a testing warrior although. In video games he confirmed he can monitor and path at a high-level, trusting his athleticism to make performs on the ball. It reveals in his manufacturing, with 13 interceptions and 54 cross breakups!! He reveals actual understanding of his place and the receiver opposing him. He performs with good instincts and makes use of implausible footwork to pattern-match and keep in section. Moreover, and essential to Bucs followers, the person can sort out!

Lastly, McCollum’s resume reveals good work in particular groups, the place he can are available and contribute instantly as he transitions to an NFL protection.  If he’s on the board at decide 60, I’ll desperately be calling for Tampa Bay to pick him, as a result of he gained’t be there at 91.


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