Apart from Tom Brady’s retirement, not a lot has modified since Pewter Report’s first 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft.
The Bucs have 24 unrestricted free brokers this 12 months, together with 10 starters. What occurs in free company will dictate plenty of what occurs with Tampa Bay’s draft plans – along with what occurs with beginning quarterback Tom Brady. There have been reviews Brady is retiring after 22 years within the NFL, and Pewter Report believes that can occur this offseason.
Nonetheless, it’s time for Pewter Report’s first of 5 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Drafts. Tampa Bay can have the twenty seventh general choose within the 2022 NFL Draft because of the workforce’s 13-4 end.
With the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Senior Bowl over, Tampa Bay basic supervisor Jason Licht, head coach Bruce Arians, director of faculty scouting Mike Biehl and vice chairman of participant personnel John Spytek are arduous at work on the Bucs’ 2022 draft prep and prepared for the NFL Scouting Mix. The Bucs are armed with picks in each spherical besides the sixth as a result of a earlier commerce with the Eagles.
Let’s check out Tampa Bay’s personnel wants following the season, and who the Bucs choose in Pewter Report’s first 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft of the 12 months – offered by Edmonson Electrical • AC • Safety.
BUCS PERSONNEL NEEDS
INTERIOR DEFENSIVE LINE
Tampa Bay solely has two skilled defensive linemen underneath contract in 2022 – Vita Vea and Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Observe squaders Benning Potoa’e, Willington Previlon and Kobe Smith have been re-signed and can go to camp, however will not be locks to make the workforce. Will 35-year outdated Ndamukong Suh and 36-year outdated Steve McLendon retire? Will 30-year outdated Will Gholston be re-signed? This 12 months’s line of defense draft class actually lacks high quality and amount. There is probably not a defensive sort out taken till the second spherical this 12 months. So the Bucs could be higher off addressing the line of defense in free company. Getting Gholston again appears possible, and re-signing Suh for yet another season could be a significant coup.
The Bucs had three offensive linemen make the Professional Bowl this 12 months. A type of Professional Bowlers, heart Ryan Jensen, will probably be a free agent in 2022 together with proper guard Alex Cappa. Tampa Bay possible can’t afford to deliver each again. Re-signing Jensen makes essentially the most sense, as he’s the chief up entrance and the higher participant. If the Bucs hope to get Tom Brady to stay round for an additional season, having his beginning heart again is smart. Robert Hainsey, the workforce’s fourth-round choose in 2021, is the eventual starter, however he won’t be prepared but. Changing a guard like Cappa could be simpler. The Bucs may re-sign Aaron Stinnie as a less expensive choice. The workforce has in-house choices in Nick Leverett, Sadarius Hutcherson and John Molchon. This 12 months’s draft is stuffed with high quality guards and tackles that might be transformed to guards.
Chris Godwin is a free agent coming off a torn ACL. It’s a secure guess to imagine he’ll re-sign in Tampa Bay, because the Bucs offense is vast receiver-driven. With Antonio Brown gone, there’s a clear gap on the No. 3 receiver spot. Breshad Perriman is a free agent, and can be a No. 4 receiver at greatest. The identical might be stated of Tyler Johnson and Scotty Miller, who’re each underneath contract in 2022. Cyril Grayson, Jr. will even be again within the combine. This season, Jaelon Darden didn’t do a lot to impress as a rookie receiver. Discovering one other versatile play-making receiver with beginning potential for three-receiver units is a precedence this offseason. It is a good 12 months to discover a receiver, because it’s full of high quality and amount.
The Bucs will both re-sign Carlton Davis III or use the franchise tag on him. Davis will return together with Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting – each of whom are coming into contract years. Tampa Bay doesn’t want to pick a cornerback this 12 months, however it could clever to draft and develop one. The Bucs received’t possible have the trio of Davis, Dean and Murphy-Bunting again in 2023. Murphy-Bunting or Dean (or each) may depart. Given the variety of accidents the workforce suffered on the cornerback place, drafting one this 12 months could be clever to have him able to probably begin in 2023. The cornerback crop appears moderately deep this 12 months.
Whereas Tampa Bay spent a first-round choose on edge rusher Joe Tryon-Shoyinka final 12 months, the Bucs may want one other younger move rusher that may get to the quarterback. Jason Pierre-Paul is oft-injured, simply turned 33 and can have offseason shoulder surgical procedure. He’s a free agent and his return shouldn’t be sure. Shaquil Barrett turns 30 within the fall, and Anthony Nelson is within the remaining 12 months of his contract. The Bucs needed to play a number of video games with out JPP and Barrett on the finish of the season and the Bucs’ move rush suffered. Drafting Barrett’s eventual alternative early and creating him to pair with JTS down the highway looks like a clever transfer. If the Bucs are going to get one, it must be early. This isn’t an excessively deep class of edge rushers.
The Bucs solely have Ke’Shawn Vaughn and seldom-used Kenjon Barner underneath contract in 2022. Regardless of Bruce Arians’ assertion that he generally is a “lead again” Vaughn’s mediocre statistics recommend in any other case. Will Leonard Fournette be re-signed? What about Giovani Bernard? The departure of Ronald Jones II appears inevitable. This 12 months’s draft class lacks star energy on the place, however there are a few intriguing pass-catching backs on this 12 months’s class that match Tampa Bay’s system.
Solely Cameron Brate and Codey McElroy, who was on the observe squad, are underneath contract in 2022, and Brate is ready to earn a $6.5 million base wage. Brate will possible must take a pay reduce if the workforce needs him again. Rob Gronkowski won’t return since Brady has retired. O.J. Howard, the Bucs’ first-round choose in 2017, hasn’t been the identical since tearing his Achilles final 12 months. It appears possible that he’ll get a contemporary begin elsewhere. This 12 months’s tight finish class appears to be deeper than common with expertise.
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2022 BUCS 7-ROUND MOCK DRAFT
ROUND 1 Arkansas WR Treylon Burks
6-3, 225 • Junior
The Bucs have already got Professional Bowler Mike Evans and can work to re-sign franchise participant Chris Godwin. However Antonio Brown’s departure has created a urgent want for an additional starting-caliber vast receiver. As a result of the Bucs run a lot 11 personnel (three receiver units) the third receiver is taken into account a starter in Tampa Bay.
At 6-foot-3, 225 kilos, Burks is among the largest receivers within the draft. Will probably be fascinating to see how briskly he occasions on the NFL Scouting Mix and his professional day exercise. A 4.4 or quicker 40-yard sprint time may put him out of attain for Tampa Bay. A 4.5 or slower 40-time ought to make him obtainable with the twenty seventh general choose.
Burks used his pace and his physicality to get yards after the catch at Arkansas the place he averaged over 16 yards per catch each season. He was environment friendly on display screen passes and working out of the slot the place he lined up 222 occasions in 2021, versus simply 79 occasions out vast on passing performs.
Even when Godwin returns to Tampa Bay as anticipated, the Bucs may use one other large, bodily receiver that may play each within the slot and out vast for depth and flexibility. Burks earned a 90.8 PFF receiving grade final season, together with an 80.8 grade towards man protection.
BURKS’ ARKANSAS CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2019: 29 catches for 475 yards (16.4 avg.)
2020: 51 catches for 820 yards (16.1 avg.), 7 TDs
2021: 66 catches for 1,104 yards (16.7 avg.), 11 TDs
BURKS’ ARKANSAS CAREER RUSHING STATS
2019: 9 carries for 35 yards (3.9 avg.)
2020: 15 carries for 75 yards (5.0 avg.)
2021: 14 carries for 112 yards (8.0 avg.), TD
Burks had 10 100-yard video games for the Razorbacks, and had three extra video games 90 yards or extra. The large goal had 10 catches for 206 yards (20.6 avg.) and one landing versus Missouri.
He performed his greatest towards the highest defenses within the SEC. Burks lit up Alabama for eight catches for 179 yards (22.4 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns. He had six catches for 167 yards (27.8 avg.) and a TD versus Texas A&M. In opposition to Auburn, Burks notched 9 catches for 109 yards (12.1 avg.) and two scores. Burks additionally shined towards Ole Miss with seven receptions for 136 yards (19.4 avg.) and a TD.
Though he struggled towards Georgia this 12 months, being held to only three catches for 10 yards (3.3 avg.), Burks had seven catches for 102 yards (14.6 avg.) and a landing towards the Bulldogs in 2020. He has the talent set and NFL body to step into Bruce Arians’ offense and be extremely productive as a rookie. If he’s there at No. 27, Burks could be a house run choice for the Bucs.
ROUND 2 – UCONN DT Travis Jones
6-4, 326 • Junior
Even when Ndamukong Suh returns for yet another season at age 35, Tampa Bay wants to handle the defensive sort out place. The Bucs want a younger, athletic, run-stuffing sort out to pair with Vita Vea for the long run. This draft class is shallow when it comes to high quality and amount, so if the Bucs are going to draft an inside defensive lineman they’ll want to take action within the first couple of rounds.
Whereas Georgia defensive sort out Devonte Wyatt might get some consideration within the first spherical, Tampa Bay’s line of defense relies on large our bodies stopping the run. They don’t come a lot greater than the 6-foot-4, 326-pound Jones, who was a brute on the Senior Bowl. He has a bigger body and is extra of a strong participant than Wyatt, whose sport relies off pace and quickness.
Jones had some dominant one-on-one reps on the Senior Bowl the place he used a Suh-like bull rush to drive guards and facilities backwards off the snap. That’s how he notched a sack within the Senior Bowl sport. He additionally has a formidable swim transfer that he’s added to his move dashing repertoire.
JONES’ UCONN CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
2018: 46 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 0.5 sack
2019: 40 tackles, 6 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, FR
2021: 48 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, 4.5 sacks
Jones performed at UCONN the place the Huskies had a dismal 4-32 file throughout his time there. However regardless of the shortage of successful, Jones had a profitable profession, bettering every season, particularly as a move rusher. Jones has eight profession sacks, together with 4.5 final 12 months.
He’s acquired the dimensions and talent to begin straight away in Tampa Bay if Suh doesn’t return. However on the very least, Jones could be an excellent wave defensive sort out as a rookie.
ROUND 3 – BYU RB Tyler Allgeier
5-11, 220 • Junior
Does Leonard Fournette return in free company? If he does, the Bucs possible draft a cornerback within the third spherical. If not, Tampa Bay might want to have a look at including one other working again like Allgeier to compete with Ke’Shawn Vaughn for the correct to begin. At 5-foot-11, 220 kilos, the BYU star is a bruising, tackle-breaking again with spectacular pace for a giant again.
Allgeier has benefitted from good blocking at BYU, however he additionally creates on his personal with a strong decrease physique and a depraved stiff arm. Whether or not it’s an out of doors zone run or a between-the-tackles carry, Allgeier is a chain-mover with a formidable 6.4-yard profession common.
ALLGEIER’S BYU CAREER RUSHING STATS
2018: 9 carries for 49 yards (5.4 avg.)
2019: 17 carries for 119 yards (7.0 avg.)
2020: 150 carries for 1,130 yards (7.5 avg.), 13 TDs
2021: 276 carries for 1,601 yards (5.8 avg.), 23 TDs
ALLGEIER’S BYU CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2018: 1 catch for minus-3 yards (minus-3 avg.)
2019: 3 catches for 67 yards (22.3 avg.), TD
2020: 14 catches for 174 yards (12.4 avg.)
2021: 28 catches for 199 yards (7.1 avg.)
Allgeier has scored an astounding 36 dashing touchdowns previously two seasons. He’s had 13 100-yard video games for the Cougars, together with a pair of 200-yard video games. In his remaining season at BYU, Allgeier had back-to-back monster video games towards Washington State and Virginia. Allgeier logged 32 carries for 191 yards (6.0 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns towards the Cougars. Versus the Cavaliers, Allgeier had 266 yards and 5 touchdowns on 29 carries (9.2 avg.).
The Bucs want working backs that may move defend and catch the ball and Allgeier can do each. He’s improved as a receiver out of the backfield each season. Allgeier averaged 9.2 yards per catch at BYU. He additionally averaged 24.3 yards per kick return in restricted duties. Allgeier spent his second 12 months at BYU at linebacker and will additionally contribute on particular groups as a rookie.
ROUND 4 – Western Kentucky OLB Deangelo Malone
6-3, 234 • Senior
Within the fourth around the Bucs get one other move rusher so as to add to a protection that can possible not re-sign getting old Jason Pierre-Paul. The 33-year outdated is coming off accidents to his shoulder, knee and neck in every of the final three seasons. With Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, final 12 months’s first-round choose set to begin reverse Professional Bowler Shaquil Barrett, the Bucs want one other move rusher to fill out their depth chart. Anthony Nelson, who had a career-high 5 sacks final season, is coming into a contract 12 months.
Malone, who performed 5 years at Western Kentucky, is among the greatest edge rushers within the draft with 349 profession tackles, 59 tackles for loss, 32.5 sacks, eight pressured fumbles, seven move breakups and a fumble restoration for a landing. He confirmed he may hold on the Senior Bowl with spectacular speed-to-power rushes, even at 234 kilos. Malone was named the American workforce’s MVP with six tackles, two QB hurries and half a sack within the Senior Bowl sport.
The Hilltoppers prime defender persistently graded excessive by Professional Soccer Focus with an 85.6 grade in 2019, a 74.8 grade in 2020 and 79.7 grade final 12 months. He had a 75.3 run protection grade as a fifth-year season, which is spectacular given his lack of superb measurement.
MALONE’S WESTERN KENTUCKY CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
2017: 25 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, PBU
2018: 60 tackles, 9 TFLs, 6 sacks, INT, PBU, 2 FFs
2019: 99 tackles, 20.5 TFLs, 11 sacks, FR, TD
2020: 71 tackles, 10.5 TFLs, 6 sacks, PBU, 2 FFs
2021: 94 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, 8 sacks, 4 PBUs, 4 FFs
Malone had 10 multi-sack video games at Western Kentucky, which reveals how good of a move rusher he’s. He may compete with Cam Gill for the correct to be the designated move dashing outdoors linebacker in 2022, in addition to taking part in on particular groups as a rookie. If Malone, whose sport is paying homage to Leonard Floyd’s sport popping out of Georgia, can achieve 15 kilos within the NFL degree, he may finally compete for a beginning function in Tampa Bay at 250 kilos.
ROUND 5 – North Dakota State OL Cordell Volson
6-6, 319 • Senior
Bucs basic supervisor Jason Licht likes drafting offensive linemen yearly to develop and preserve the ditch play robust. One of many issues he likes to do is draft offensive tackles and transfer them inside. That might be the plan for the 6-foot-6, 319 kilos, who may exchange Alex Cappa at proper guard ought to he depart in free company.
Volson, who performed proper sort out for the Bison for years, performed left and proper guard on the East-West Shrine Bowl and had a superb displaying. The truth that he’s most likely a greater guard on the NFL degree, however can play proper sort out in a pinch and provide versatility there’ll assist his draft inventory. He has almost 34-inch arms with an 81.5-inch wingspan.
Volson is a nasty run blocker that wants work as a move protector. He packs a strong punch on the snap and is basically a carbon copy of Cappa in that respect. If the Bucs lose Cappa in free company, getting a participant like Volson within the fifth spherical could be an enormous get – if he’s nonetheless obtainable.
ROUND 7 – Virginia Tech TE James Mitchell
6-3, 255 • Junior
The Bucs’ tight finish place might be in full flux if Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard don’t return in free company. The Bucs have Cam Brate and Codey McElroy, however will want extra depth on the place. Mitchell is a proficient tight finish in that he can block and catch and could be an amazing worth within the seventh spherical.
After two very productive seasons at Virginia Tech, Mitchell suffered a season-ending knee damage simply two video games into his third season with the Hokies. Mitchell had simply 5 catches for 42 yards and a landing earlier than his knee damage. Previous to that, Mitchell averaged over 16 yards per catch in his first two seasons at Virginia Tech.
MITCHELL’S VIRGINIA TECH CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2019: 21 catches for 361 yards (17.2 avg.), 2 TDs
2020: 26 catches for 435 yards (16.7 avg.), 4 TDs
2021: 5 catches for 42 yards (8.4 avg.), 1 TD
Mitchell was additionally used as a objective line again the place he carried the ball 5 occasions for seven yards and scored 4 dashing touchdowns as a sophomore. He additionally had a 1-yard dashing TD in 2020.
Mitchell has an excellent physique sort to play particular groups as a rookie, which is able to assist the Bucs protection models. He’s a high-character chief who has the athleticism and talent to finally develop right into a strong No. 2 tight finish within the NFL.