Final Grades & Analysis On 2022 Draft Class


One other yr, one other draft by Bucs normal supervisor Jason Licht that isn’t attractive, however goes to be higher than folks assume. Final yr, Licht didn’t have a lot selection. The Bucs picked at No. 32, No. 64 and No. 95 in a draft billed extra for its excessive finish expertise than its depth. That’s the value of being world champs, I suppose.

Nonetheless, I assumed Licht made probably the most of his picks final yr. The flashes from Joe Tryon-Shoyinka final yr, after a full yr off the sector attributable to being a COVID opt-out, had been encouraging. If Tryon-Shoyinka hits in yr two/three, the remainder of the draft turns into much less essential.

Kyle Trask wasn’t a choose I’d have made, however I understood why Licht made it. And Trask would probably be beginning if Tom Brady hadn’t returned from retirement. Do you assume Licht needed to dip into this practice wreck 2022 QB class for a possible starter?

On final yr’s roster, there have been only a few obtainable roster spots. That tied Licht’s fingers too, forcing him to draft at solely sure positions somewhat than take the most effective obtainable participant. There was no such restriction this yr. The Bucs’ depth underwhelmed at sure spots final yr, making Licht extra aggressive to load up at key positions.

Right here’s my evaluation of the Bucs 2022 NFL Draft class. It’s not all what I’d have carried out, however there’s clearly a superb course of behind nearly each choose.


Spherical 2, Decide 33 – Houston DT Logan Corridor

The place Corridor Was Ranked: Corridor was No. 40 on my board, so this worth is about proper. He was No. 48 on the consensus massive board, compiled by the averages of boards from over 70 draft analysts. So the bulk did see him as a couple of half-round attain.

How He Matches: In my view, Corridor was the most effective Bucs match at defensive deal with on the board. The truth is, Devonte Wyatt was the one probably higher slot in your complete draft. However Wyatt’s age (24), character considerations and lack of go rush manufacturing in faculty gave the Bucs some comprehensible pause.

Corridor will instantly begin at 3-technique in base protection, and can rotate closely in nickel fronts too. He’ll be one of many staff’s high three defensive tackles in snap counts this season, together with Vita Vea and Will Gholston. Rakeem Nunez-Roches would be the No. 4 man, however he offers nothing as a go rusher. Corridor shall be on the sector for many long-and-late downs this season. However anticipate the Bucs to signal one other defensive deal with sooner or later earlier than coaching camp.

Houston DL Logan Corridor – Photograph courtesy of Houston

What I Would Have Accomplished: Licht’s draft was a serious present of religion in Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting. It additionally confirmed appreciable religion in Mike Edwards and Keanu Neal to deal with the security duties with Jordan Whitehead gone. The Bucs had been tempted to take Lewis Cine at No. 27, however correctly accepted the commerce down as an alternative. Cine was chosen at No. 32, so we’ll by no means know if the Bucs would have taken he or Corridor with their subsequent choose.

I most likely would have addressed the secondary at No. 33, drafting Washington CB Kyler Gordon. He was the very best ranked participant on my board, and I’m all about depth at cornerback. I may simply have seen Gordon beating out Dean and Murphy-Bunting in camp. However the Bucs have severe holes at defensive deal with proper now. And Ndamukong Suh will not be strolling via that door to fill them anytime quickly.

Closing Evaluation: I actually like Corridor, and I like his slot in Tampa Bay’s protection. Line of defense coach Kacy Rodgers is among the extra underrated line of defense coaches within the NFL. He’ll develop Corridor properly, maybe after the defensive deal with has added 10 kilos of muscle this offseason. I believe Corridor could make an influence as early as 2022, particularly on passing downs. The query is how efficient he might be over a big pattern measurement as a full-time participant. A solution won’t come till additional down the highway.

However the finest a part of this choose was the commerce down. It confirmed glorious course of by Licht to grasp that extra bites on the apple is best than simply taking the highest choice amidst a tier of equally clustered gamers on the board. Licht performed the chances, figuring one in every of his 5 equally graded gamers could be obtainable six picks later.

He was proper. The Bucs landed Corridor, probably the greatest 3-techniques within the draft, and added tight finish Cade Otton later within the draft. They had been additionally capable of transfer up for guard Luke Goedeke as a result of Licht added the additional sixth-rounder within the commerce right down to No. 33. Masterful strikes and understanding of choose worth.

Closing Grade: B+


Spherical 2, Decide 57 – Central Michigan OG Luke Goedeke

The place Goedeke Was Ranked: Goedeke was No. 71 on my board, though additional tape research has elevated his worth in my eyes. The consensus board didn’t share my opinion, rating Goedeke because the one centesimal finest participant within the class. They noticed this as a big attain for the Bucs.

How He Matches: After learning Goedeke’s tape, I’ve gone from believing he was underrated to believing he would be the Bucs’ finest choose on this draft. Goedeke was a monster in opposition to LSU and impressed in opposition to Missouri, exhibiting what he’s able to in opposition to a bevy of huge faculty edge rushers. Goedeke performed proper deal with at Central Michigan, regardless of having sub-33 inch arms. That was robust to beat, however he did it with masterful hand utilization and method.

Goedeke is pro-ready in some ways. The one query shall be how lengthy it takes him to transition from proper deal with to left guard within the NFL. He’s clearly extra gifted than Aaron Stinnie, and stronger than Robert Hainsey. The coaching camp battle must be enjoyable, however I’ll guess on Goedeke to win the job. My All-22 breakdown of his ability set was one in every of my favourite articles I’ve carried out for Pewter Report.

Central Michigan G Luke Goedeke

Central Michigan G Luke Goedeke – Photograph courtesy of CMU

What I Would Have Accomplished: After watching extra tape of Goedeke, I consider he was the most effective offensive lineman on the board when the Bucs made their choice. In fact, I didn’t love buying and selling up for him, however Tampa Bay surrendered only a sixth-rounder. That’s not significant sufficient to faze me.

Once more, as a believer that the offensive line could be positive with Stinnie or Hainsey, I most likely would have drafted a DB. Cincinnati security Bryan Prepare dinner was one in every of my favourite potential matches for Tampa Bay at No. 60. However I additionally haven’t any drawback with taking an excellent prospect at a place of uncertainty on the offensive line.

Closing Evaluation: It’s clear that Licht is obsessive about sustaining an elite offensive line. Given the outcomes of the previous two years, it’s laborious to disagree with him. In my view, Goedeke shall be higher than peak Alex Cappa by yr two or three on the newest. Shaq Mason and Ali Marpet are equally tiered guards, and the opposite three starters return from final yr. Is it potential the Bucs offensive line may very well be even higher in 2022?

Closing Grade: A-


Spherical 3, Decide 91 – Arizona State RB Rachaad White

The place White Was Ranked: White was exterior my high 100. He was No. 118 on the consensus massive board, so frequent thought would name this one other attain for the Bucs.

How He Matches: White is the uncommon developmental rusher in faculty soccer. He’s probably the greatest athletes within the class at his place, however continues to be creating his imaginative and prescient and decision-making. However White is already an achieved faculty receiver, with 51 catches for 607 yards over the previous two seasons. He can instantly assist out on passing downs, though he wants work in go safety.

In camp, White will compete with Giovani Bernard, and to a much less extent, Ke’Shawn Vaughn for snaps. Proper now, Leonard Fournette is the clear characteristic again. But it surely’s not out of the query to assume White may turn out to be a real No. 2 again with an awesome preseason. But it surely’s extra probably that Vaughn steps into Ronald Jones’ function from final yr, and White battles Bernard for third down/2-minute duties.

Arizona State RB Rachaad White Bucs

Arizona State RB Rachaad White – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

What I Would Have Accomplished: I nonetheless don’t know why the Bucs felt like they wanted a working again within the draft, particularly this early. You have already got two high quality veterans, and a third-year again your group has praised up and down. Aren’t tight finish and security extra urgent wants? Isn’t the depth of this cornerback class value one other choose right here? Or perhaps doubling up at defensive tackler?

As an alternative, the Bucs reached for a 3rd down again who I battle to see turning into a characteristic ball provider. White is gifted and can make performs in area with the ball in his fingers. As part of Tampa Bay’s offense, he may have a enjoyable function in 2022. However how a lot will he play? What number of touches will he deserve on an offense this gifted? Splash performs shall be there, however will the down-to-down consistency?

I’d have drafted Ohio State tight finish Jeremy Ruckert or Maryland security Nick Cross at No. 91. Each got here off the board within the subsequent 10 picks. However even when the Bucs had been decided to draft a working again, I’d a lot somewhat have had Isaiah Spiller or Dameon Pierce with the No. 91 choose.

Closing Evaluation: Tampa Bay’s working again room is now full. Let’s hope they’ll develop White right into a characteristic again. In any other case, this shall be a wasted choose. Third down area backs can be found each offseason (together with proper now) for lower than the price of a third-round choose.

Closing Grade: D


Spherical 4, Decide 106 – Washington TE Cade Otton

The place Otton Was Ranked: Otton was ranked No. 89 on my ultimate massive board. He was my high obtainable tight finish match for the Bucs. On the consensus board, Otton slotted in at No. 104, nearly precisely the place he was drafted.

Washington TE Cade Otton Bucs

Washington TE Cade Otton – Photograph courtesy of Washington

How He Matches: Otton is your typical low ceiling, decently excessive ground No. 2 tight finish. I don’t assume he’ll ever be a fascinating No. 1 tight finish, however he’ll be high quality depth who can put on a whole lot of hats as a No. 2. Otton is an efficient blocker who can function in a wide range of schemes. He’s additionally an excellent go protector, holding his personal on reps in opposition to Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo on tape.

As a receiver, Otton will operate primarily within the purple zone and in short-yardage off play motion. He was by no means a lot of a downfield risk at Washington, averaging simply over 11 yards per catch in his profession. The truth is, Otton didn’t even hit 9 yards per catch in 2021. However he’s sure-handed and savvy after the catch. His soccer intelligence shall be important at an in depth place within the Bucs’ offense.

What I Would Have Accomplished: Given the truth that the Bucs had not but addressed the tight finish place, I’d have chosen Otton as properly. I had Iowa State tight finish Charlie Kolar a bit larger on my board, however not for the Bucs. Kolar’s incapability to contribute as a blocker would have made him a foul slot in Tampa Bay. Otton can play a task immediately, which is what the Bucs want.

Closing Evaluation: Licht selected to attend on choosing a decent finish till Spherical 4. On condition that selection, that is most likely the most effective case situation that would have labored out for the Bucs. Otton will contribute immediately, however the ceiling isn’t going to be very excessive.

Closing Grade: B+


Spherical 4, Decide 133 – Georgia P Jake Camarda

The place Camarda Was Ranked: Two punters had been ranked within the 300 gamers on the consensus massive board, however Camarda was not one in every of them. He was Dane Brugler’s No. 3 ranked punter within the class.

How He Matches: Camarda is now the Bucs’ beginning punter. He’ll compete with Sterling Hofrichter in coaching camp for the job, however it could be surprising if Camarda doesn’t win it. This transfer additionally permits the Bucs to chop punter Bradley Pinion, saving $2.9 million.

Georgia P Jake Camarda Bucs

Georgia P Jake Camarda – Photograph courtesy of Georgia

What I Would Have Accomplished: I can’t touch upon Camarda’s ability set as a result of I don’t scout punters. However I’d by no means, ever choose a punter earlier than the fifth spherical. And even then, I most likely simply wouldn’t do it. They don’t transfer the needle and aren’t constant sufficient to contribute to successful weekly.

Nearly another participant would have been preferable to me. I most likely would have tabbed defensive deal with Matthew Butler, linebacker Damone Clark or edge rusher Kingsley Enagbare over Camarda. However I’ll say that saving cap area that may go towards a Rob Gronkowski re-signing is a useful transfer.

Closing Evaluation: There’s no proof I’ve seen that taking a punter in Spherical 4 is a good suggestion. The cap financial savings assist a bit bit, however the Bucs may have changed Pinion without having to make use of a fourth-round choose.

Closing Grade: D


Spherical 5, Decide 157 – Sam Houston State CB Zyon McCollum

The place McCollum Was Ranked: McCollum was 98th on my board. On the consensus board, McCollum was at 108. He’s the primary Bucs choose that will be contemplating a steal primarily based on his placement on the consensus board.

How He Matches: I’m certain the Bucs would favor that McCollum barely play on protection this season. Regardless of being a five-year starter at Sam Houston State, McCollum by no means totally dominated the FCS degree. That’s probably the most regarding factor about his scouting report as he enters the NFL. However McCollum has one of many best athletic profiles to ever grace the league. The Bucs need an opportunity to develop that earlier than they throw him into the fireplace.

So McCollum shall be a lock to make the ultimate roster, however unlikely to be the primary cornerback off the bench. McCollum must be energetic on sport days, supplied he can show himself as a gunner. Given his velocity and physicality, McCollum initiatives properly to that function.

Sam Houston State CB Zyon McCollum Bucs

Sam Houston State CB Zyon McCollum – Photograph courtesy of Sam Houston State

What I Would Have Accomplished: I like including McCollum at this level within the draft. Granted, he’s most likely a protracted shot to turn out to be a superb starter within the NFL. Not often do fifth spherical picks attain that lofty ceiling. However should you’re going to roll some cube, McCollum has the traits you wish to take an opportunity on.

However I’d not have needed to surrender a future fourth-round choose for a venture cornerback. Granted, the Bucs have time to recoup that choice through a commerce. Additionally, Tampa Bay is anticipated to be awarded two compensatory picks subsequent yr. However that doesn’t make the method of giving freely a future fourth for a venture cornerback a good suggestion. That’s the one a part of this transfer I don’t like.

Closing Evaluation: If McCollum hits, and Corridor and Goedeke are no less than strong starters, Licht’s 2022 draft is successful. However that’s an enormous ‘if.’ McCollum didn’t look near prepared on the Senior Bowl. Nevertheless, someplace in there are glorious ball expertise, as evidenced by 54 go breakups and 13 profession interceptions. Will probably be fascinating to see if Tampa Bay mould him into an NFL starter over time.

Closing Grade: B-


Spherical 6, Decide 218 – Minnesota TE Ko Kieft

The place Kieft Was Ranked: The one place I discovered Kieft ranked was on Dane Brugler’s draft information. Kieft was the analyst’s Sixtieth-ranked tight finish, with an undrafted free agent grade.

Minnesota TE Ko Kieft Bucs

Minnesota TE Ko Kieft – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

How He Matches: The Bucs double-dipped at tight finish, as a result of they wanted to. Getting into Day 3 of the draft, the Bucs’ solely rosterable tight finish was Cam Brate. So, after drafting Otton with the primary choose of the fourth spherical, Licht went again to the properly in Spherical 6. To do it, the Bucs G.M. packaged two of his three seventh spherical choices to leap into the top of the sixth spherical.

Kieft will step in because the Bucs No. 3 tight finish immediately. Even when Rob Gronkowski returns, Kieft has an opportunity to be energetic on sport days. The Bucs have usually activated 4 tight ends, and Kieft has a clearly outlined path to enjoying time in 13 personnel as a dominant blocker.

What I Would Have Accomplished: I’m completely positive with this transfer. Having three seventh-round picks is ineffective. Licht with the ability to discover a commerce accomplice to seize an precise contributor is a wonderful transfer. Kieft’s ceiling is the ground, however he can fill the function they want him to if known as upon.

Closing Evaluation: Kieft is a ending menace within the trenches, able to planting defensive ends and burying linebackers in area. The Bucs have added a misplaced of nastiness up entrance this offseason. Once they do run the soccer, they’ll be able to doing it at a good larger degree than they’ve carried out it up to now. And items like Kieft will assist.

Closing Grade: B+


Spherical 7, Decide 248 – LSU OLB Andre Anthony

The place Anthony Was Ranked: Brugler had Anthony because the Forty fourth-ranked edge defender within the class.

LSU DE Andre Anthony Bucs

LSU DE Andre Anthony – Photograph by: USA Right this moment

How He Matches: Anthony will compete with Cam Gill for the No. 4 exterior linebacker spot proper now. It’s probably that the Bucs will add one other veteran choice earlier than coaching camp.

What I Would Have Accomplished: I’m not criticizing seventh-round picks. Anthony went down with a torn ACL close to the top of September. Sarcastically, Goedeke was blocking him when it occurred. Anthony has had flashes of athleticism and manufacturing throughout his six years at LSU. However he must get stronger and higher together with his fingers. He’s a possible follow squad venture transferring ahead.

Closing Evaluation: I wasn’t anticipating the Bucs so as to add a significant edge defender within the draft. However I anticipate them to ultimately signal a veteran in free company. A number of succesful go rush specialists are nonetheless on the market.

Closing Grade: C+

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