JC’s Bucs Battle Plan For The 2022 Offseason

The Present State Of The Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a franchise-best 13-4 season and a last-second, heartbreaking loss to the Rams within the playoffs. The Bucs have additionally had to deal with the retirements of two Professional Bowlers in quarterback Tom Brady and left guard Ali Marpet. These losses are big and can make the group’s focus in 2022 profitable the NFC South moderately than legitimately contending for one more Tremendous Bowl.

The Bucs have a plethora of starters slated at no cost company, together with tight finish Rob Gronkowski, cornerback Carlton Davis III, middle Ryan Jensen, defensive sort out Ndamukong Suh, security Jordan Whitehead, operating again Leonard Fournette, proper guard Alex Cappa, defensive finish Will Gholston and outdoors linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul. Tampa Bay can’t afford to deliver all of them again.

The most important query shall be at quarterback the place the group is resigned to the truth that it could’t land a giant identify through a commerce. With a weak free agent class, the Bucs are anticipated to re-sign free agent backup Blaine Gabbert to compete with Kyle Trask, final yr’s second-round decide. Tampa Bay might want to add two extra quarterbacks for depth and competitors, however the pickings are slim.

The Bucs teaching employees stays largely intact with inside linebackers coach Mike Caldwell being the one main loss. Larry Foote strikes from outdoors linebackers coach to take over. Bob Sanders, who coached with Bruce Arians in Arizona, was signed to teach outdoors linebackers.

Explaining The Bucs Battle Plans For 2022

PewterReport.com writers Scott Reynolds, Jon Ledyard, Matt Matera, JC Allen and Josh Queipo have devised their very own Bucs Plans For the 2022 offseason. These come full with free agent signings, trades, roster strikes and draft picks to assist Tampa Bay repeat as NFC South champions and make one other playoff run.

Keep in mind, these Bucs Battle Plans are how the PewterReport.com employees members would reshape the group this offseason – not essentially what we predict Tampa Bay will do in free company and the draft, though there might be some overlap with sure gamers the group could also be focusing on.

The Bucs have roughly $2.7 million value of wage cap area proper now, in line with OverTheCap.com.

Bucs NT Vita Vea and OLB Shaq Barrett – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs basic supervisor Jason Licht and vice chairman of soccer administration Mike Greenberg can create loads of wage cap area by restructuring the contracts of a number of gamers and decreasing their 2022 cap values. Extensive receiver Mike Evans ($20,622,500 cap worth in 2022), outdoors linebacker Shaquil Barrett ($19.75 million cap worth in 2022), left sort out Donovan Smith ($18.4 million cap worth in 2022) and nostril sort out Vita Vea ($11,887,311 cap worth in 2022) are the prime candidates. The Bucs may even lengthen the contracts of Evans and Smith this offseason moderately than simply doing restructures.

The free brokers that Tampa Bay indicators and re-sign will all have one or two years value of assured cash. That’s a Greenberg staple relating to contracts. However the first yr salaries may also be decrease than the common yearly cap worth of the contract to assist the Bucs’ cap in 2022. The cap is predicted to rise in 2023 and Tampa Bay can defer some cash into later years.

JC’s Bucs Battle Plan For The 2022 Offseason

Pay attention, I get that the Bucs may not be Tremendous Bowl favorites. However even with Gabbert and Trask on the helm, they’re NFC South favorites. Which, by the best way, ensures a house playoff recreation. All you want is a ticket to the dance to make magic occur.

I don’t suppose folks notice how a lot the cap is projected to rise with TV offers kicking in and playing cash that shall be pouring in as nicely. Pushing cash into future years through void years received’t damage the franchise as a lot as folks suppose it may. The cap is a fantasy, and you may at all times make strikes to open up area. I totally count on the Bucs to try this this offseason. A number of restructures ought to occur, in addition to a doable extension for Mike Evans.

The Bucs can and will re-sign a few of their high gamers, whereas making smaller strikes in free company to complement the roster. I don’t suppose they make an enormous splash signing however can spherical out the roster with a number of worth signings. Tanking for a season due to the quarterback state of affairs shouldn’t be an choice, and would reverse the tradition Arians and this group have labored arduous to construct. One other factor to bear in mind is that Florida has no state earnings tax. Whereas gamers may get increased annual common elsewhere, the shortage of earnings tax evens issues out a bit. With that being mentioned, get pleasure from my Bucs battle plan.

Bucs Commerce Out Of The First Spherical

Very like Scott, I feel Licht will worth mid-round picks extra in a draft with no actual stars. There’s a variety of worth available within the center rounds of this draft and presumably just a few gems within the later rounds as nicely. I’ve acquired the Bucs shifting out of the primary spherical to realize priceless mid spherical draft capital.

On this commerce, the Bucs transfer out of the primary spherical. The Browns really feel the stress to win now with the group they’ve in place. After addressing protection in Spherical 1, the Browns transfer again as much as safe one of many high receivers within the draft. The Bucs commerce their first-round decide, No. 27, to Cleveland for his or her second (No. 44) third (No. 98, comp) and fourth spherical (No. 117) picks. The Browns nonetheless have their very own third and fourth spherical picks as nicely. In the meantime, the Bucs transfer again 13 spots and acquire additional picks within the third and fourth rounds to fill a few of their holes.

Tampa Bay’s 2022 NFL Draft Picks

Spherical 2 – No. 44 (through CLE)
Spherical 2 – No. 60
Spherical 3 – No. 91

Spherical 3 – No. 98 (Comp through CLE)
Spherical 4 – No. 117 (through CLE)
Spherical 4 – No. 131
Spherical 5 – No. 170

Spherical 7 – No. 246
Spherical 7 – No. 261 (anticipated compensatory decide)

Extensions And Restructures

Bucs WR Mike Evans

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Picture by: USA In the present day

I’m projecting extensions for Mike Evans, Lavonte David and Donovan Smith on this situation. Evans will get a two-year extension, whereas David and Smith each get an additional yr tacked on. Doing so permits the Bucs to unfold cap hits out to open priceless area.

I’m additionally projecting restructures for Vita Vea, Shaq Barrett and Ali Marpet. It’s all about opening cap area to signal returning guys and outdoors free brokers. I imagine Licht and Arians after they say they suppose Kyle Trask could be the perfect QB on this draft class if he have been in it. I’m placing religion that the group can construct round Trask whereas he’s on a rookie deal and may have flexibility with the ever-growing wage cap.

Bucs’ Cuts

Extra of a pay reduce than an precise reduce, however the writing is on the wall with Cam Brate. Set to depend for $7.285 million towards the cap, Brate takes a pay reduce for the third yr in a row. His lifeless cap hit could be $1.9 million if launched and I’d count on his pay reduce to be near that quantity.

Bradley Pinion’s time has come on the roster. With a $2.9 million cap hit and no lifeless cash, the Bucs transfer on after a struggling season. Tampa Bay signed Sterling Hofrichter to a futures contract, and will look to the draft or undrafted free company for competitors on the place.

Whereas I don’t count on the transfer to occur till remaining reduce downs, I imagine Ryan Succop has kicked his final area purpose for the Bucs. His limitations as a kicker are clear. Whereas I feel he’ll put up a robust combat, in the long run he loses the competitors. The Bucs save $2.5 million in wage, which shall be a pleasant cushion ought to the Bucs must make any in-season strikes.

Godwin Will get The Tag…Once more

The Bucs slapped the franchise tag on Godwin for a second straight yr. Underneath league guidelines he will get a 120 % bump in his pay from final yr bringing his tag quantity to $19.1 million. Whereas they might not come to phrases on a long-term deal earlier than the deadline, I count on them to earlier than the beginning of free company. Opening a lot wanted cap area for the Bucs.

Unrestricted Free Brokers Re-Signed

Bucs WR Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

WR Chris Godwin – 4-year deal, $72 million

There’s no denying what Godwin means to this offense, simply ask Arians and Licht. Within the Bucs offense Godwin’s place is a very powerful function and there’s no manner they let him get away. This deal places him forward of Evans in annual common at $18 million and inside the highest 10 for an annual common. With $45 million in ensures, either side ought to come away blissful. Incentives within the deal can take it as excessive as $80 million. Use of void years will assist unfold the cap hit.

CB Carlton Davis – 4-year deal, $66 million

There’s little doubt Davis may get PAID on the open market, however when trying on the high corners within the league, I feel the Bucs and his camp may come collectively on a quantity that makes everybody blissful. In my plan Davis turns into the sixth-highest paid nook within the league on an annual common of $16.5 million and seventh by way of complete worth. $40 million in ensures would tie for seventh. It’s proper on par with market worth for a participant of his caliber and age as a high ten nook within the league. Use of void years will assist unfold the cap hit.

If the Bucs can’t come to an settlement with Davis they might flip their sights on Inexperienced Bay’s Rasul Douglas, who would value lower than $10 million a yr on a multi-year deal.

RG Alex Cappa – 4-year deal, $32 million

I firmly imagine you’ll be able to’t maintain each Cappa and Jensen. Whereas Jensen has accomplished wonders for the road and its mentality, he’s additionally 4 years older. To not point out he needs the Brinks truck backed up. At $8 million a yr, this deal would make Cappa the seventh-highest paid guard within the league. The deal locks him up by way of age 31 with $21 million in ensures.

SS Jordan Whitehead – 3-year deal, $18 million

NFL groups have some huge cash tied up in safeties proper now. At $6 million a yr, Whitehead’s annual common is available in across the Twentieth-highest paid security within the league. He suits extremely nicely in Bowles protection, and may not discover the payday he’s searching for on the open market. Oh, and $12 million of his deal assured doesn’t damage both.

DE Will Gholston –3-year deal, $10.5 million

Gholston actually took his recreation to a brand new stage in 2021 in his third yr in Bowles’ system. Already a stout run defender, he completed with a career-high 5 sacks. A frontrunner within the clubhouse and the group, Gholston has already voiced he want to end his taking part in profession in Tampa. He’ll should take a pay reduce to do it although. After making $5.5 million on his final deal, a $3.5 million common with $5 million assured sounds truthful. Incentives can deliver the deal to $15 million.

Bucs QB Blaine Gabbert

Bucs QB Blaine Gabbert – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

QB Blaine Gabbert – 1-year, $2.5 million

The Bucs get inventive with this one. Technically on paper it is a one-year deal value $2.5 million, totally assured. However it has $4.5 million in unlikely to be earned incentives that might go on subsequent yr’s cap if achieved. He’ll compete with Trask for the title of QB1. If he wins the job the Bucs will reward him for his play by way of the incentives.

G Aaron Stinnie – 1-year, $2 million

Stinnie has stuffed in admirably when known as upon and has nice continuity with the returning o-linemen. He’ll get a slight increase from his contract final yr with the prospect to compete for the open spot at proper guard.

Andrew Adams – 1-year, $1.035 million

Adams ended up beginning three video games for the Bucs final season when Antoine Winfield Jr and Jordan Whitehead have been sidelined with damage and Mike Edwards was suspended. He supplies stable depth and good particular groups play.

DE Pat O’Connor – 1-year, $1.035 million

A particular groups ace, O’Connor is again within the fold after being non-tendered.

LS Zach Triner – 1-year, $965,00

With turnover at kicker and punter, the Bucs re-sign their lengthy snapper after non-tendering the restricted free agent.

Unrestricted Free Brokers Not Re-Signed

C Ryan Jensen

This one hurts, however I don’t need to pay $13-15 million for a 31-year outdated lineman who has performed by way of accidents the previous two seasons. From all stories, Jensen needs to compete to be the very best paid middle within the league. I don’t need to be caught with the invoice when his physique breaks down.

OLB Jason Pierre-Paul

I recognize the contributions from JPP and his assist in turning across the tradition of the franchise. However he’s simply not the identical participant he was earlier than. Throw in his torn rotator cuff damage and it’s most likely greatest to maneuver on.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

TE Rob Gronkowski

Whereas it was encouraging to listen to Gronk is figuring out twice per week on the facility, I doubt it’s in preparation to comeback for a twelfth season. He’s on document saying he solely needs to play with Tom Brady, and it doesn’t seem he’s strolling again by way of that door anytime quickly. As a substitute Gronk almost certainly retires for a second time, until he’s attracted by the attract of taking part in a remaining season in Buffalo.

RB Leonard Fournette

Except he’s prepared to come back again for the $3.5 million he made final season, it’s arduous to examine a situation the place Fournette stays a Buc. His projected contract has an annual common of $8 million per yr. Even when he solely will get $6 million per, it’s nonetheless an excessive amount of to pay for a operating again as restricted as Fournette.

WR Breshad Perriman

He offered a physique when others have been injured and made some good performs final yr. However the Bucs can and will do higher than Perriman.

TE O.J. Howard

Howard shall be remembered by Bucs followers because the decide that would have been Dalvin Cook dinner. Whereas he had his moments, accidents by no means let Howard develop to his full potential. He’ll almost certainly profit from a change of surroundings.

RB Ronald Jones II

Talking of change of surroundings. RoJo may by no means put all three phases of being a operating again collectively. Putrid cross safety and under common receiving abilities pressure him to the sideline too typically. You could possibly inform his coronary heart wasn’t in it final season.

CB Richard Sherman

Sherman offered nice mentorship to the younger corners and stepped up when accidents took their toll. However it’s time for the longer term Corridor of Famer to retire.

RB Giovani Bernard

I wouldn’t thoughts bringing Bernard again, nonetheless I simply don’t suppose it was a superb slot in Tampa Bay. The Bucs didn’t use him how I envisioned they might. He is perhaps inclined to discover a larger function elsewhere.

DT Steve McLendon

Whereas I’ve heard from his camp that he intends to play yet one more season, I don’t suppose it is going to be with the Bucs.

OT Josh Wells

Wells tried his greatest to fill in for Wirfs when he went down with damage. However the Bucs ought to attempt their greatest to discover a higher choice at back-up swing sort out.

LB Kevin Minter

Minter’s greatest days are behind him. Whereas I wouldn’t rule out a reunion nearer to coaching camp, I may additionally see the Bucs addressing this in undrafted free company or the draft.

QB Ryan Griffin

Arians mentioned he expects to have 4 quarterbacks in camp, however I’m unsure Griffin shall be certainly one of them. The Bucs may deliver him again nearer to camp or elect to usher in an undrafted free agent.

CB Pierre Desir

Introduced in as an emergency choice when the cornerback group was decimated, Desir most likely isn’t an choice to return.

RB Le’Veon Bell

Bell was solely introduced in as a heat physique when accidents took their toll. His greatest days are behind him.

New Unrestricted Free Brokers Signed

WR Braxton Berrios – 3 years, $10.5 million

Berrios offers the Bucs two issues they want desperately want, a succesful back-up within the slot and a dynamic return man. The 2021 All-Professional returner can present an on the spot increase to the Bucs particular groups. Though he’s solely 5’9, Berrios will get after it as a blocker. Whereas there are some projections which have him asking for $9 million a season in a saturated market, he’s unlikely to smell something near that.

Braxton Berrios

Jets WR Braxton Berrios – Picture by: USA In the present day

TE Maxx Williams – 3 years, $13.5 million

Williams suits precisely what Arians seems to be for in a good finish. He’s one of many NFL’s premier run blockers and has improved as a cross catcher. He’ll step proper into the TE1 function vacated by Gronk. Coming off a season-ending damage his market may not be as sturdy, and the Bucs swoop in on a modest deal.

RB Chase Edmonds – 2 years, $7 million

The Bucs return to Arizona to pilfer one other offensive weapon in Edmonds. Going with a committee method at operating again, Edmonds gives explosiveness out of the backfield as a receiver. He’s coming off a rookie deal that paid him below $3 million complete. Getting him for $3.5 million per yr appears truthful given some considerations about sturdiness after lacking 5 video games final season.

G/C Ted Karras – 3 years, $15 million

Whether or not it’s at guard or middle, Karras offers the Bucs a priceless and versatile recognized commodity on the inside. The six-year professional turned in a 72.8 total grade final season per Professional Soccer Focus, with snaps coming in any respect three inside positions. Karras may begin at middle if Hainsey isn’t able to compete for the left guard spot with Stinnie.

RB Sony Michel – 2 years, $6 million

Because the Bucs proceed to fill out their backfield, they might look so as to add one or two rookies. However the perfect guess is that they add a number of veterans to the group to supply stability. The draft is usually a crapshoot by no means understanding what you’re getting. With Michel you recognize what you’re getting. A downhill runner who’s an excellent cross protector. He gives little as a receiver, which makes his recreation predictable. However once you want a tricky yard, he’ll get it. With Michel and Edmonds, the Bucs have basically stuffed out their operating again room for lower than what it will value to re-sign Fournette.

Sony michel

Rams RB Sony Michel – Picture by: USA In the present day

DT Sheldon Richardson – 1 yr, $3 million

His greatest days is perhaps behind him, however the nine-year professional can present a viable cease hole. He graded increased than Ndamukong Suh towards each the run and the cross per PFF final season. Richardson tallied 4 sacks with 22 pressures and 11 QB hits in 2021 taking part in 57 % of snaps for the Vikings.

CB Okay’Waun Williams – 1 yr, $2 million

There is no such thing as a doubt the Bucs want to usher in somebody to problem Sean Murphy-Bunting for the nickel spot within the secondary. Enter Williams. The 31-year-old nook has been hit with accidents over the past two seasons, however remains to be the most effective slot corners within the recreation when wholesome. SMB enters his remaining yr of his rookie deal and having actual competitors could let the Bucs see what they’ve within the fourth-year professional.

DL DeMarcus Walker – 1 yr $1.2 million

In search of one other diamond within the tough, the Bucs herald a former second spherical decide in Walker. Walker spent final yr in Houston ending the season with two sacks, 20 stress and eight QB hits. The previous Seminole is thrown into the combo on the defensive position as a flexible nickel cross rusher.

OT Cameron Fleming – 1 yr $1.4 million

The Bucs want an improve from Josh Wells on the swing sort out place. Give him credit score for doing his greatest filling in for Wirfs taking part in by way of damage. However in Fleming the group will get a man who has actual beginning expertise within the league. Whereas most of his latest snaps have come at proper sort out, he has performed left sort out in addition to jumbo tight finish. He’s value the additional 200k it will value to deliver Wells again.

After restructures, extensions, cuts, and utilization of void years to unfold out cap hits, the Bucs may match the re-signings of their very own gamers and new free brokers with about $45-50 million in cap area in the event that they get inventive. Very doable for the Bucs.

JC’s 2022 Bucs Draft Picks

Spherical 2, Choose 44 (CLE): Logan Corridor DL Houston – 6-6, 283

Arians mentioned he needed extra velocity and cross rush within the inside, and Corridor can present simply that. Corridor gives flexibility aligning outdoors at 5-tech within the Bucs base protection, however may also kick inside on apparent passing downs and create stress that manner. He’s a robust run defender with a depraved first step.

He 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 4.88 40-yard sprint and posted a 1.68 10-yard break up. Spectacular numbers for his participant his dimension. Corridor additionally posted the perfect shuttle rating and tied for the perfect three-cone time amongst defensive linemen.

Spherical 2, Choose 60: Christian Watson WR North Dakota State – 6’4 208

What can I inform you about Watson that Kasey Hudson hasn’t already informed you? He suits the Bucs completely. Whereas he had an unimaginable mix and his inventory is on the rise, I wouldn’t be so fast to place him within the first spherical simply but, though he definitely has all of the athletic traits, the dimensions, the velocity and the palms. One factor some groups are involved about is his route operating capacity.

Keep in mind it wasn’t way back Denzel Mims blew groups away with an electrifying mix. I’m not saying Watson is Mims by any means, nevertheless it may give groups pause. For his profession, Watson has totaled 104 receptions for two,134 yards (20.5 avg.) and 14 TDs. Final season he caught 43 passes for 800 yards and 7 touchdowns, averaging 18.6 yards per catch. For relative comparability, Dane Brugler of The Athletic has him going at 62 in his newest mock.

Spherical 3, Choose 91: Cole Unusual OL Chattanooga – 6-4, 307

I’ve already written about how a lot I like Unusual as a prospect. The redshirt senior began 44 video games for the Mocs. 41 got here at left guard, two at left sort out and one at middle. He has the flexibility the Bucs search for of their linemen and has began to coach extra at middle as nicely. Unusual confirmed good athleticism on the Senior Bowl, going up towards a few of the greatest defensive position prospects within the draft.

On the mix, Unusual completed with the perfect RAS grade of any guard within the class. The truth is, he had the perfect rating from any guard since 2016. Unusual is a mauler within the run recreation and stout within the passing recreation as nicely. He has a superb first punch and performs with nice steadiness, leverage and consciousness. Unusual offers the Bucs extra flexibility on the inside line whereas he transitions to the professional stage. The lineman shall be 24 when he begins his professional profession although and can seemingly hear his identify known as late within the third spherical.

Spherical 3, Choose 98 (through CLE): Cade Otton TE Washington – 6-5, 247

Even with the signing of Williams, the Bucs must look arduous at this draft class at tight finish. In one of many deepest lessons we’ve seen shortly, Otton suits the mildew of what Arians seems to be for. He’s a really stable in-line blocker, notably within the operating recreation.

As a receiver, Otton has sturdy palms and a superb catch radius. He’s not going to run away from guys after the catch, however he exhibits some elusiveness. He’ll must work on his route operating, however he understands ideas, will get good separation and may line up at a number of spots. Otton didn’t participate in drills on the Mix as he rehabs from a season-ending ankle damage, however he ought to be for his professional day. He completed his profession with the Huskies notching 90 receptions for 1026 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Spherical 4, Choose 117 (through CLE): Rachaad White RB Arizona State – 6-0, 204

Not going to lie, SR put me on to White in his first mock draft of the season and I instantly noticed the match. White, as Scott so eloquently places it, is extra of glider with the ball in his palms. He has glorious imaginative and prescient and persistence and is a slippery runner within the open area. Final season with the Solar Devils White completed with 1,000 yards speeding and 15 touchdowns, whereas averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

The place he actually excels is as a cross catcher out of the backfield. Over his remaining two years at Arizona State, White tallied 51 receptions for 607 yards and two scores. He’s a prepared cross protector, however must work on approach which is one thing he has admitted. The Bucs had a proper interview with him on the Mix. White constructed off an important Senior Bowl efficiency on the Mix, the place he examined as the most effective operating backs there with a 9.8 on the RAS grading scale.

Spherical 4, Choose 131: Akayleb Evans CB Missouri – 6-2, 197

Evans suits the mildew of a standard Bucs cornerback. He’s acquired the peak, size, and velocity that the group seems to be for. Evans tasks as an outdoor nook on the subsequent stage, and can present insurance coverage if the Bucs don’t re-sign Dean subsequent offseason. After 4 years at Tulsa, Evans transferred to Missouri for his senior season. There he totaled 25 tackles, one interception and two pressured fumbles. He had a proper interview with the Bucs on the Mix and examined very nicely. He confirmed groups he has the lengthy velocity and athleticism operating a 4.46 40-yard sprint and ending with a 9.63 RAS grade.

Spherical 5, Choose 170: *TRADE*

The Bucs commerce decide 170 to the Commanders for quarterback Taylor Heinicke and a seventh spherical decide, No. 228. After buying Carson Wentz, the Commanders aren’t going to need a quarterback controversy if Wentz struggles. They’re additionally with out third and fifth spherical picks.

Shifting on from Heinicke, who’s within the final yr of his deal, permits them to recoup a priceless decide. For the Bucs there’s not a lot draw back. Heinicke led the Soccer Group to a 7-9 document regardless of a worse roster than the Bucs have. He completed the season with 20 touchdowns and in addition defeated the Bucs in Week 10.

Washington QB Taylor Heinicke

Washington QB Taylor Heinicke – Picture by: USA In the present day

Heinicke is simply making $2.375 million within the remaining yr of his deal, which is a simple tablet to swallow. He’ll be thrown into the QB competitors with Trask and Gabbert throughout coaching camp. Arians has additionally had excessive reward for the seventh yr quarterback up to now as nicely.

“He’s extraordinarily correct and he’s actual powerful, however he’s fast,” Arians has mentioned. “I imply, he’s actually fast. When he takes off, he’s fast. This man can actually go. For those who open up the center of that pocket he’s going to take off. He can throw that deep ball, he can throw that seven route. He proved he may play. I feel that group performs very, very arduous for him. I like the best way he performs.”

Spherical 7, Choose 228 (through WAS): Matt Araiza P San Diego State – 6-2, 201

The Bucs will want a brand new punter after releasing Bradley Pinion. They’ve Sterling Hofrichter on the roster now, however might want to herald competitors. Nicknamed “Punt God”, Araiza blasted a booming 77-yard punt on the Mix and is considered the most effective punters within the class. The previous Aztec additionally dealt with kickoffs and area objectives throughout his time at San Diego State.

Araiza set the single-season NCAA document for punting common with 51.19 yards per punt. He additionally holds the NCAA single season document for punts greater than 50 yards with 39 and punts of 60 yards or extra with 18. The Ray Man award winner additionally pinned 39 punts contained in the opponent’s 20-yard line.

Spherical 7, Choose 246: Jeremiah Moon LB Florida – 6-5, 249

Throughout his remaining yr at Florida, Moon performed a number of roles on protection, lining up as an off-ball linebacker and on the sting. Moon possesses all of the athletic instruments, however accidents and long-term stability at a single place damage his development as a participant. He’s acquired nice size and quickness to shoot by way of gaps to make performs on the ball provider.

Nevertheless, he wants so as to add extra muscle to his body. He examined very nicely on the mix. Moon ran a 4.76 40-yard sprint and had the perfect broad bounce and second greatest vertical of any linebacker. In his six years at Florida, Moon racked up 151 complete tackles, 14 tackles for loss and eight sacks. He additionally added 4 cross breakups and two pressured fumbles. He’ll want time to acclimate to the professional recreation and discover his true place, due to this fact he may spend time on the apply squad.

Spherical 7, Choose 261 (comp): Isaiah Pola-Mao S USC – 6-4, 205

This draft is deep at security and the Bucs land a superb one with their remaining choice. Pola-Mao wasn’t invited to the mix, however has the ability set and dimension the Bucs covet of their defensive backfield. He confirmed his versatility at USC by taking part in each within the field and masking deep. The previous Trojan has expertise masking tight ends out of the slot and is a certain tackler. He’s a bit mild for his peak and may wrestle on the level of assault.

Pola-Mao additionally had a down yr in his remaining school season, which may push him down the boards. He’ll problem Adams for the ultimate security spot and tasks as a core particular groups’ participant.

JC’s “Method Too Early” Bucs 53-Man Roster Projection

Blaine Gabbert
Kyle Trask
Taylor Heinicke

Evaluation: The Bucs quarterback state of affairs isn’t what they want it to be, however they need to have an fascinating competitors in camp. Griffin may return on the apply squad if guidelines stay the identical.


Chase Edmonds
Sony Michel
Ke’Shawn Vaughn
Rachaad White

Evaluation: Virtually an entire overhaul on the place, with Vaughn the lone holdover. Edmonds and Michel give this unit viable choices in each the operating recreation and passing recreation, in addition to stable blockers in cross safety. White ought to have the ability to contribute early, however may have time to get acclimated to the professional recreation.

Mike Evans
Chris Godwin
Christian Watson
Braxton Berrios
Tyler Johnson
Jaelon Darden

Evaluation: Godwin is again within the fold and Evans is locked as much as doubtlessly end his profession in a single uniform. The addition of Watson provides a viable No. 3 choice relying on how rapidly he can rise up to hurry. Berrios gives insurance coverage towards damage to Godwin and a dynamic return menace. Tyler Johnson may begin the yr as WR3 earlier than succumbing to Watson. With regards to Darden, I don’t know if the Bucs are prepared to surrender on him simply but. Scotty Miller will get launched, however may wind up on the Bucs apply squad if he clears waivers.

Maxx Williams
Cam Brate
Cade Otton

Evaluation: The Bucs definitely didn’t get higher right here, shedding Gronkowski. However the place stays a stable unit. Williams blocking prowess will match proper into the scheme. Brate will proceed to be a receiving choice, and Otton is usually a difference-maker in time.

LT Donovan Smith
LG Aaron Stinnie
C Ted Karras
RG Alex Cappa
RT Tristan Wirfs
C Robert Hainsey
OL Cole Unusual
OT Cameron Flemming
OL Nick Leverett

Evaluation: Karras is the brand new child on the block and may have each alternative to start out at both guard or middle. Re-signing Cappa and Stinnie have been essential in retaining continuity on the offensive line with Marpet’s retirement and Jensen’s departure. Hainsey and Unusual will proceed to develop and might be starters earlier than lengthy. Leverett offers the Bucs a flexible piece to play alongside the road. In the meantime, Fleming supplies a extra succesful swing sort out choice in case of damage. Sadarius Hutchinson may discover his manner on the roster if the Bucs elect to maintain 10 linemen.

Will Gholston
Vita Vea
Sheldon Richardson
Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Logan Corridor
Pat O’Connor

Evaluation: The Bucs added velocity to the group with the addition of Corridor and a veteran presence with Richardson. They might look to the draft subsequent yr when the category is predicted to be a bit higher. However for this season, they roll with a gaggle they know, bringing again Gholston and O’Connor. Vea is a pressure and Nunez-Roches is a pleasant rotational piece to the lineup. And Benning Potoa’e could also be able to be elevated to the energetic roster in the event that they need to maintain seven linemen.


Shaquil Barrett
Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
Anthony Nelson
Demarcus Walker
Cam Gill

Evaluation: In what may have been a battle for the fourth spot between Gill and Walker, the Bucs elect to maintain each. Gill brings worth to particular groups and has taken nice steps the previous two years. Tryon-Shoyinka is prepared for a beginning function reverse Barrett and Nelson lastly broke out as a succesful again up. Additionally, Moon may push certainly one of these guys off the roster. However greater than seemingly he comes again on the apply squad.

Devin White
Lavonte David
Okay.J. Britt
Grant Stuard

Evaluation: White and David are the mainstays at this place, nevertheless it’s Britt and Stuard who outshine Minter and earn spots over the grizzled veteran.

Carlton Davis III
Jamel Dean
Sean Murphy-Bunting
Okay’Waun Williams
Akayleb Evans
Ross Cockrell

Evaluation: The primary core return with Davis on a brand new deal. Dean and SMB have quite a bit to show to earn second contracts with the Bucs subsequent season. Williams is introduced in to push or take over for SMB if he struggles once more. In the meantime, Evans gives a younger upside participant that may have the chance to study the system and develop. Cockrell is introduced again for his versatility within the backend. Dee Delaney is introduced again on the apply squad.

Antoine Winfield, Jr.
Jordan Whitehead
Mike Edwards
Andrew Adams

Evaluation: Whitehead returning is large for the secondary, as he could be a tough participant to adequately exchange. Winfield Jr. ought to proceed his development as a high security within the league. And Edwards gives versatility and playmaking abilities getting into the final yr of his rookie deal. Andrew Adams is stored for his data of the system and particular groups play, however shall be pushed by Pola-Mao, who’s stored on the apply squad.

Okay Jose Borregales
P Matt Arazia
LS Zach Triner

Evaluation: Bucs roll out a brand new kicker and punter to revamp the particular groups unit with Triner again as the one mainstay of the unit.

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