Draft Needs And Some Surprise Picks

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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 below are the questions we selected to reply for this week’s version.

QUESTION: Is there a manner that the Bucs might commerce up into the High 10? What would they’ve to surrender?

ANSWER: Might the Bucs commerce up from No. 27 into the High 10? Technically sure, however the query is what participant would the Bucs commerce up for? This isn’t an amazing first-round draft class. The worth on this yr’s draft is the deep center rounds. So I’m undecided which participant would warrant buying and selling up for within the High 10.

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt

Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt – Photograph by: USA At this time

There are some actually good offensive tackles and a few superb edge rushers. However Tampa Bay has an incredible pair of tackles in All-Professional Tristan Wirfs and Donovan Smith. Shaq Barrett and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, final yr’s first-round choose, is anticipated to be a dynamic duo for the following few years. So the Bucs wouldn’t even get a full-time starter as a rookie in 2022. That will characterize some actually unhealthy worth.

Plus, Tampa Bay must possible commerce subsequent yr’s first-round choose and another premium picks (both this yr or subsequent) to make a transfer up 17 spots to get to No. 10. It simply doesn’t appear possible or possible. The Bucs’ greatest wants on account of their present depth chart are defensive deal with and tight finish. There’s a probability that Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt may very well be there at No. 27.

However even when he’s not, Wyatt will not be price buying and selling up for as a result of he’s not an elite participant. Wyatt had simply 5 profession sacks at Georgia, together with 2.5 final yr. Six different Georgia defenders had extra sacks than Wyatt did final yr. And take into account that Wyatt is already 24 years previous. The oldest first-rounder that Jason Licht has drafted was Vita Vea, who was 23 in 2018. Tampa Bay might wait till No. 27 and seize Houston’s Logan Corridor, who at age 22 may even be a greater match.

QUESTION: Do you suppose the Bucs use one of many early picks on a TE like Trey McBride and a later choose on a RB like Isaiah Spiller?

ANSWER: Sure, that may be very best. Within the earlier query I discussed how tight finish is likely one of the crew’s greatest wants. The Bucs might seize the third defensive deal with off the board at No. 27 – assuming Georgia’s Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt are gone – in Houston’s Logan Corridor or UConn’s Travis Jones. However the Bucs would even have a shot at Colorado State tight finish Trey McBride, who’s the top-rated participant on the place, at No. 27.

Colorado State TE Trey McBride Bucs

Colorado State TE Trey McBride – Photograph by: USA At this time

Pewter Report nearly put McBride in at No. 27 for the Bucs in our ultimate 7-Spherical Mock Draft. Don’t be shocked if McBride is Tampa Bay’s first-round choose. It might occur. We put McBride in because the second-round choose in our mock draft, however in actuality, the Bucs would possible should commerce as much as get him. He received’t final till choose No. 60.

As for Texas A&M working again Isaiah Spiller, the Bucs are large followers. Like McBride, Tampa Bay had Spiller in for a pre-draft High 30 go to. Spiller’s companies can be in demand, and the guess right here is that he’s gone by the point the Bucs choose within the third spherical at No. 91. The Aggies star may very well be in play for Tampa Bay’s choice at No. 60, however drafting a working again that top appears a bit unlikely.

The Bucs have introduced a slew of working backs in for pre-draft visits, together with Florida’s Dameon Pierce and Arizona State’s Rachaad White. It appears extra possible that Tampa Bay would use a 3rd or fourth-round choose on a working again as a substitute of its second-rounder.

QUESTION: Which is the largest want to handle within the draft – guard, edge rusher or defensive position?

ANSWER: I don’t see guard as the largest want. Many mock drafts are nonetheless mocking Boston School’s Zion Johnson or Texas A&M’s Kenyon Inexperienced to Tampa Bay at No. 27. The one drawback with that principle is that if both Johnson or Inexperienced doesn’t beat out Aaron Stinnie, Nick Leverett and Robert Hainsey in camp, then the Bucs’ first-round choose is on the bench for his rookie season. If the Bucs draft a defensive lineman like Houston’s Logan Corridor, a decent finish like Colorado State’s Trey McBride or a security like Georgia’s Lewis Cine at No. 27, that participant can rotate in and see loads of motion as a rookie.

Michigan DE David Ojabo Bucs

Michigan DE David Ojabo – Photograph by: USA At this time

Name me loopy, however I feel the competitors between Stinnie, Leverett and Hainsey, final yr’s third-round choose, could make the cream rise to the highest. Whoever wins the battle for the left guard spot out of these three can be a succesful starter in 2022. I don’t consider the Bucs have to spend their first-round choose on a guard.

Pewter Report has Corridor at No. 27 in our ultimate Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft. However the true shock choose may very well be Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo, who suffered a torn Achilles at his professional day. Ojabo will possible be out for all of his rookie yr, and that received’t assist the Bucs’ quest for one more Tremendous Bowl within the 2022 season. But when Tampa Bay stays true to its board, he may very well be in play because the crew views him as a High 10-15-ranked prospect.

Ojabo had a breakout junior yr in his first season as a starter. Taking part in reverse Aidan Hutchinson, Ojabo had 35 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 5 pressured fumbles. Sure gamers simply have a knack for strip-sacks. Bucs legend Simeon Rice had it, and present Bucs edge rusher Shaq Barrett has it. Ojabo has it, too.

Whereas he wouldn’t assist Tampa Bay in any respect this yr, Ojabo might finally change Barrett, who turns 30 in November. Ojabo and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka might give the Bucs a pair of bookend cross rushers for years to return. Not predicting it can occur, however not ruling Ojabo out at No. 27.

QUESTION: Which coaches do you consider that Jason Licht has essentially the most confidence or belief in participant evaluations for the positions they coach?

ANSWER: That’s an amazing query, and one which I don’t actually have a solution to. What I’ll say is that this. Bucs basic supervisor Jason Licht trusts this teaching workers. It’s as stable as any teaching workers that Tony Dungy or Jon Gruden fielded in Tampa Bay. The power of this teaching workers is participant improvement. This can be a nice group of skilled academics. I can’t actually say that Licht trusts one sure place coach greater than one other. I simply don’t have that data.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and VP of player personnel John Spytek

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

However Licht additionally trusts his scouting workers, and that group works effectively with the teaching workers. There isn’t any friction within the battle room between the scouts and the coaches by any means. Licht wouldn’t stand for it within the first place. However this group has labored so effectively collectively since Bruce Arians’ arrival in 2019. When the teaching and scouting staffs work in live performance, a crew will get nice draft picks.

That was the case within the Nineteen Nineties below Wealthy McKay’s scouting workers and Dungy’s teaching workers. That’s why the Bucs drafted a slew of Professional Bowlers, together with fullback Mike Alstott, working again Warrick Dunn, kicker Martin Gramatica, cornerbacks Ronde Barber and Donnie Abraham, in addition to Tremendous Bowl XXXVII defensive again heroes Dexter Jackson and Dwight Smith. When Gruden arrived in 2002 he was at odds with McKay and the crew’s drafting suffered.

There wasn’t the identical concord throughout the constructing between the scouts and the coaches below basic supervisor Bruce Allen and lots of of Tampa Bay’s draft picks have been wasted on poor choices. The Bucs drafted only one Professional Bowler in Gruden’s seven years in Tampa Bay – first-round guard Davin Joseph in 2006. Whereas working again Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, a first-round choose in 2005, by no means made the Professional Bowl, he was the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the 12 months.

QUESTION: Everybody is aware of we want inside defensive position assist. Are we nonetheless on the lookout for hole shooters or bull rushers to break down the pocket? Nonetheless don’t get the Khalil Davis failure.

ANSWER: Ideally, the Bucs are on the lookout for hole shooters. They have already got some bull rushers within the likes of Professional Bowl nostril deal with Vita Vea, Will Gholston and Rakeem Nunez-Roches aka Nacho. Ndamukong Suh, whom the Bucs hope to re-sign, matches this description, too. Nonetheless, no matter fast, penetrating-type defensive deal with the Bucs choose – in the event that they do – wants to have the ability to cease the run. In Todd Bowles’ protection, stopping the run is the precedence as a result of it forces groups to then throw the ball. The Bucs have ranked first, first and third within the NFL in dashing protection since 2019 when Bowles arrived.

Bucs DT Khalil Davis

Bucs DT Khalil Davis – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

That was the downfall of Khalil Davis. He was a fast, athletic defensive deal with. However at 6-foot-1, 303 kilos, he simply didn’t have the power and skill to constantly maintain his hole in run protection. Remember that regardless of his athleticism, Davis was a sixth-round choose for a cause. There have been holes in his recreation popping out of Nebraska. And it’s additionally truthful to level out that he’s on his third crew in three years. After a quick look in Indianapolis after Tampa Bay minimize him, Davis now performs in Pittsburgh.

There aren’t numerous fast, athletic defensive tackles on this yr’s draft class that may do each. It’s actually a down yr for the defensive deal with class. Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt and Houston’s Logan Corridor are in all probability one of the best at dashing the quarterback and stopping the run. Each are Bucs’ Greatest Bets this yr for that cause.

Wyatt is a basic three-technique defensive deal with, whereas Corridor is flexible sufficient to play three tech and defensive finish (suppose Will Gholston) in Bowles’ protection. And he might additionally play on the sting in some packages on account of his versatility. That’s an enormous cause why Pewter Report has him atop our ultimate Bucs’ 7-Spherical Mock Draft.

QUESTION: Any probability we draft Troy Andersen? If Lavonte David or Devin White get injured we’re screwed

ANSWER: Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen is an fascinating prospect. An unbelievable athlete at almost 6-foot-4, 243 kilos, Andersen ran a 4.42 on the NFL Scouting Mix. That was the quickest time of any inside linebacker. However Andersen remains to be a challenge, having moved from quarterback to linebacker throughout his junior yr.

Alabama LB Christian Harris Bucs

Alabama LB Christian Harris – Photograph by: USA At this time

Whereas he’s a playmaker that may refill the stat sheet along with his chase-and-tackle taking part in model, Andersen will not be essentially the most bodily linebacker. He has bother shedding blocks and filling gaps on the level of assault. That possible comes from years of taking part in offense. For all of his bodily instruments, Andersen’s lack of physicality and instincts present up on tape. I don’t see him being a Bucs match for that cause.

If Tampa Bay needs to draft an eventual alternative for Lavonte David this yr, one of the best match is Alabama’s Christian Harris. He’s a quick, bodily heat-seeking missile that ran a 4.44 on the NFL Scouting Mix. Harris had 10 sacks during the last two years for the Crimson Tide, together with 5.5 final yr and two pressured fumbles.

The 6-foot, 226-pounder performs greater than his dimension, and has six cross breakups and an interception in his profession in protection. Two of his cross breakups final yr resulted in interceptions for his Alabama teammates. Harris initiatives as a second or third-round choose.


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