Pewter Report’s 2022 Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft 3.0


Lots has modified since Pewter Report’s final 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft. Tampa Bay was blessed with Tom Brady’s sudden unretirement on the eve of free company. That modifications all the pieces for the Bucs this yr, making the workforce a contender for an additional Tremendous Bowl run this yr. Brady has been instrumental in serving to Tampa Bay re-sign its finest gamers this offseason, along with serving to the Bucs purchase some extra expertise.

Not solely did Bucs normal supervisor Jason Licht and vp of enterprise administration Mike Greenberg re-sign franchise participant Chris Godwin, additionally they added Atlanta’s Russell Gage because the workforce’s No. 3 receiver. Gage signed a three-year, $30 million deal, which makes drafting a receiver much less of a precedence this yr.

The Bucs misplaced proper guard Alex Cappa and powerful security Jordan Whitehead in free company, however Licht traded for Patriots guard Shaq Mason to fill a kind of spots. Tampa Bay additionally re-signed Professional Bowl middle Ryan Jensen, cornerback Carlton Davis III, working again Leonard Fournette and defensive lineman Will Gholston. So many of the workforce’s expertise core returns intact.

With the NFL Scouting Mix over and professional days in full impact, Licht, head coach Bruce Arians, director of school scouting Mike Biehl and vp of participant personnel John Spytek are setting the Bucs’ 2022 draft board. Tampa Bay traded away a fifth-round choose for Mason and didn’t have a sixth-rounder this yr, however picked up a seventh-round compensatory choose.

Let’s check out Tampa Bay’s personnel wants following the season, and who the Bucs choose in Pewter Report’s third 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft of the yr. With the offense reloaded this offseason, this could possibly be a defensive-laden draft for the Bucs, particularly within the early rounds.

Bucs Personnel Wants

Inside Defensive Line

The Bucs re-signed Gholston, however have but to re-sign Ndamukong Suh. He has indicated he desires to play one other season. After back-to-back years with six sacks, Tampa Bay would welcome the 35-year outdated again with open arms. This yr’s crop of defensive tackles in free company and the NFL Draft is weak, so getting Suh again could be a coup. The Bucs might use some extra youth on the place, particularly if 36-year outdated reserve Steve McLendon retires or doesn’t come again. Discovering the proper defensive sort out can be difficult, and can in all probability need to be finished early.

Security

Bucs Ss Jordan Whitehead and Antoine Winfield, Jr. – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs have probably the greatest younger safeties within the recreation in Antoine Winfield, Jr., who principally performs free security. Discovering a alternative for Jordan Whitehead, who was signed in free company by the Jets, is a precedence. Mike Edwards is the logical candidate to maneuver into that emptiness, however he’s by no means performed sturdy security full time. And he’s not as bodily as Whitehead. Edwards can be in a contract yr, so Tampa Bay should draft a security for depth regardless. The Bucs have advised long-time reserve Andrew Adams that they’re transferring on from him. The Bucs signed Ryan to a one-year deal so as to add some veteran depth. He can play security along with nickel cornerback and can carry expertise and management to the room.

Tight Finish

The Bucs have but to re-sign Rob Gronkowski, though his return appears inevitable as a consequence of the truth that Tom Brady is again. Cam Brate will stick round after a pay minimize, and the Bucs have Codey McElroy again from the observe squad. However Tampa Bay might use some new blood on the place. Discovering a decent finish that may block and catch is a should. The excellent news is that this yr’s draft is pretty deep on the place.

Operating Again

Tampa Bay re-signed Leonard Fournette to a three-year contract value $7 million per season. That ensures that he’s the starter and takes much less stress off drafting a working again. With Ke’Shawn Vaughn, a former third-round choose, and Kenjon Barner on the roster, the Bucs might want to add two extra backs for depth and competitors. Search for the Bucs to draft one and signal one in free company. Whoever Tampa Bay drafts, that again have to be an element within the passing recreation as a receiver and a protector.

Cornerback

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III free agency

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

The return of Carlton Davis III was large as a result of he’s Tampa Bay’s high cowl nook. It additionally means the workforce’s high three cornerbacks can be again for an additional season. Jamel Dean had his finest yr, though he fought via accidents. Sean Murphy-Bunting missed half the season as a consequence of damage and was unspectacular when he returned. Accidents hit the cornerback place arduous. With Dean and Murphy-Bunting in a contract yr, it solely is sensible that the Bucs add a younger, developmental cornerback to the group for depth and competitors. There are a number of tall, lengthy cornerbacks that match the Bucs’ mildew on this draft, which is an efficient signal for Tampa Bay.

Guard

The Bucs misplaced Professional Bowl guard Ali Marpet to retirement and Alex Cappa in free company. Tampa Bay traded for New England’s Shaq Mason to exchange Cappa, however nonetheless must discover a alternative for Marpet. Over the previous few years the Bucs have stockpiled the guard place. Prime reserve Aaron Stinnie returns on a one-year, prove-it deal. He’ll compete with younger reserve Nick Leverett, whom the workforce is excessive on. Final yr’s third-round choose Robert Hainsey, a backup middle, might be part of the fray to compete for the left guard job. Sadarius Hutcherson and John Molchon are additionally choices to compete. So drafting a guard will not be a necessity with Mason’s arrival. Nevertheless, if one of many high guards like Boston Faculty’s Zion Johnson, Texas A&M’s Kenyon Inexperienced or Memphis’ Dylan Parham can be found and the highest possibility on the Bucs’ draft board the workforce might pull the set off.

2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft 3.0

ROUND 1 – Georgia S Lewis Cine
6-2, 199 • Junior

The Bucs misplaced sturdy security Jordan Whitehead in free company, however Cine is an incredible alternative. He’s probably the most bodily defensive backs on this yr’s draft and is coming off a nationwide championship at Georgia. Cine (pronounced seen) was the MVP of the Bulldogs’ win over Alabama. He had seven tackles, together with a sort out for loss and a cross breakup towards the Crimson Tide.

Georgia S Lewis Cine

Georgia S Lewis Cine – Picture by: USA At present

At 6-foot-2, 199 kilos, Cine has good dimension to match up with tight ends in protection. Todd Bowles deployed Whitehead in that capability and Cine is 4 inches taller and has longer arms. He broke up 14 passes in three seasons at Georgia, together with 9 final yr. Cine was a first-team All-SEC performer final yr and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. He was a third-team All-American.

On a gifted Bulldogs protection, Cine completed because the main tackler with 73 stops. Based on Professional Soccer Focus, he solely missed 11 tackles in his profession on 159 makes an attempt. That’s glorious.

CINE’S GEORGIA DEFENSIVE STATS
2019: 19 tackles, 2 PBUs, INT
2020: 52 tackles, TFL, 3 PBUs
2021: 73 tackles, 2 TFLs, 9 PBUs, INT

One among his hits was an enormous collision with Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts that resulted in him being ejected. Since then, Cine has finished a a lot better job of tackling underneath management.

Whereas in highschool, Cine moved from Massachusetts to Texas and was coached by Deion Sanders for his senior season. Whereas not as quick as Sanders was when he performed, Cine blazed a 4.37 time on the NFL Scouting Mix. He has the vary to play deep, the place he lined up for 534 reps final yr. However Cine, who was a workforce captain, additionally has the flexibility to play within the field (155 snaps) and within the slot (118 snaps).

Cine is a chess piece that Bowles might transfer across the protection, discovering preferrred matchups for. He even has an identical business-like demeanor that’s paying homage to Bowles. The Bucs didn’t re-sign Anthony Adams, so there may be room on the security place for an additional physique or two. Cine steps in and begins as a rookie, or on the very least, rotates in with Mike Edwards.

ROUND 2 – Sam Houston State CB Zyon McCollum
6-2, 199 • Senior

The Bucs had been decimated with accidents on the cornerback place final yr. Sean Murphy-Bunting missed eight video games. Carlton Davis III missed seven video games. Jamel Dean missed two video games and components of two others.

With Dean and Murphy-Bunting each coming into a contract yr, the Bucs could be smart to bolster the cornerback place with a younger, gifted participant. At 6-foot-2, 199 kilos McCollum has the scale defensive coordinator Todd Bowles craves on the surface. As a result of accidents, the Bucs needed to begin reserves Dee Delaney and Ross Cockrell, along with signing Richard Sherman and Pierre Desir, who additionally began a few video games apiece.

McCollum is a small college prospect, who was an absolute ballhawk for the Bearkats. He recorded 54 cross breakups and 13 interceptions in 5 seasons at Sam Houston State. McCollum was a gentle, common playmaker who recorded three interceptions in 4 of these 5 seasons.

McCOLLUM’S SAM HOUSTON STATE DEFENSIVE STATS
2017: 42 tackles, TFL, sack, 17 PBUs, 3 INTs
2018: 44 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 0.5 sack, 11 PBUs, 3 INTs, 2 FFs, TD
2019: 23 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, 11 PBUs, 3 INTs, 2 FFs, TD
2020: 46 tackles, 3 TFLs, 7 PBUs, INT, 2 FFs
2021: 50 tackles, 2 TFLs, 8 PBUs, 3 INTs, block

McCollum is finest suited to play exterior cornerback, evidenced by his 594 snaps exterior. He performed 50 snaps within the slot and 62 within the field, so he has some versatility. However primarily, McCollum could be backing up Davis and Dean. He might presumably changing Dean if he doesn’t get a contract extension.

As a rookie, McCollum might help the Bucs on particular groups. He was an impressive gunner in faculty.

ROUND 3 – Iowa State DL Eyioma Uwazurike
6-6, 316 • Senior

Whether or not or not Ndamukong Suh returns, the Bucs might actually use one other younger defensive sort out to pair with nostril sort out Vita Vea. The issue is that this isn’t an awesome draft for defensive tackles. The truth is, it’s an terrible draft for defensive tackles. It’s the second yr in a row the place good defensive tackles are scarce.

After Georgia’s defensive tackles Devonte Wyatt and Jordan Davis and UConn’s Travis Jones, Uwazurike could be the following best choice. He’s a late bloomer who helped Iowa State rise to a Prime 20 workforce throughout his 5 years there.

Uwazurike emerged as a starter in 2018 and wound up taking part in 5 seasons with the Cyclones. He has the scale and athletic means to play all around the defensive position. Uwazurike performed 241 snaps exterior sort out, 210 snaps within the A spot, 104 over sort out and 98 snaps within the B hole.

UWAZURIKE’S IOWA STATE DEFENSIVE STATS
2017: 16 tackles, 4 TFLs, 0.5 sack
2018: 27 tackles, 5 TFLs, 1 sack
2019: 32 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, 1.5 sack, PBU, 2 FRs, TD
2020: 28 tackles, 8 TFLs, 3 sacks PBU
2021: 43 tackles, 12 TFLs, 9 sacks, PBU

Uwakurike is a stable run stuffer and an rising cross rusher. He totaled 15 sacks at Iowa State, together with a team-high 9 final yr. That made Uwazurike a first-team All-Large 12 participant. He’s additionally a really sensible participant, making the second workforce Educational All-Large 12 workforce.

Uwazurike is a extremely aggressive, high-energy participant who’s bodily towards the run. He has a pleasant swim transfer that helps him knife via gaps to get to the quarterback. Uwazurike performs a little bit excessive, however he can enhance his pad stage. Tampa Bay would profit from a participant that would ultimately exchange both Suh or defensive finish Will Gholston.

ROUND 4 – Cincinnati WR Alec Pierce
6-3, 211 • Senior

The Bucs not solely re-signed Chris Godwin this yr, but additionally added Russell Gage in free company. The previous Falcons receiver signed a three-year, $30 million deal to be the No. 3 huge receiver in Tampa Bay. However the actuality is that the Bucs want no less than 4 receivers for his or her receiver-driven offense. The living proof is that within the playoffs final yr, Godwin was out injured and Antonio Brown was gone. Having Mike Evans and Tyler Johnson wasn’t sufficient.

Drafting Pierce would give the Bucs one other massive receiver nearer to Evans than to Godwin or Gage, who’s simply 6-foot. Pierce made a dwelling at Cincinnati making contested catches for quarterback Desmond Ridder. He wound up catching 106 passes for 1,851 yards and 13 touchdowns.

PIERCE’S CINCINNATI RECEIVING STATS
2019: 37 catches for 652 yards (17.6 avg.), 2 TDs
2020: 17 catches for 315 yards (18.5 avg.), 3 TDs
2021: 52 catches for 884 yards (17.0 avg.), 8 TDs

The Bucs have to love Pierce’s means to make performs downfield. Tampa Bay’s vertical passing recreation might use one other deep menace, and Pierce averaged 17.5 yards per catch. He ran a 4.41 within the 40-yard sprint on the NFL Scouting Mix and had a 40.5-inch vertical soar.

Pierce, who had a proper interview with the Bucs on the NFL Scouting Mix, can excessive level passes and field out defensive backs together with his greater body. That body may make him a harmful crimson zone menace, along with a stable downfield blocker. Will Pierce be the receiver the Bucs hoped Justin Watson and Tyler Johnson could be? Time will inform.

ROUND 7 – Washington State RB Max Borghi
5-9, 210 • Senior

The Bucs have Leonard Fournette as their lead again after signing him to a three-year deal value $21 million. Proper or mistaken, the workforce has confidence in Ke’Shawn Vaughn as a succesful No. 2 again regardless of the small pattern dimension. With Vaughn being a former third-round choose, Tampa Bay could be inclined to attend till Day 3 so as to add extra depth and competitors to the backfield. The Bucs can at all times signal one other veteran pass-catching again just like the Chiefs’ Darrel Williams or Jerick McKinnon. Or Tampa Bay can re-sign Giovani Bernard for that function.

The Bucs interviewed Borghi on the NFL Scouting Mix and he matches the mildew of what they’re on the lookout for in a complementary again. Borghi has expertise paying homage to Christian McCaffrey and an identical working fashion, too. In his first season at Washington State, Borghi rushed for 366 yards and eight touchdowns, however had 53 catches for 374 yards and 4 extra TDs.

The following season, Borghi ran for 817 yards and 11 TDs whereas averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He additionally hauled in 86 catches for 597 yards (6.9 avg.) and 5 extra scores. That made him probably the greatest all-purpose backs within the nation.

BORGHI’S WASHINGTON STATE RUSHING STATS
2018: 72 carries for 366 yards (5.1 avg.), 8 TDs
2019: 127 carries for 817 yards (6.4 avg.), 11 TDs
2020: 10 carries for 95 yards (9.5 avg.), TD
2021: 160 carries for half a mile (5.5 avg.), 12 TDs

BORGHI’S WASHINGTON STATE RECEIVING STATS
2018: 53 catches for 374 yards (7.1 avg.), 4 TDs
2019: 86 catches for 597 yards (6.9 avg.), 5 TDs
2020: 1 catch for 7 yards (7.0 avg.)
2021: 16 catches for 156 yards (9.8 avg.)

Washington State solely performed 4 video games in a COVID-shortened season in 2020. A again damage restricted Borghi to taking part in in simply a kind of video games. After displaying off his means to catch the ball earlier in his profession, Borghi needed to deal with proving himself as a runner. He did simply that in 2021, dashing for a career-high half a mile and 12 touchdowns whereas averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

Due to Borghi’s proficiency within the passing recreation, with the ability to run wheel routes and angle routes quite than simply catch swing passes, he’s an awesome slot in Tampa Bay. What is going to push Borghi down within the draft is his brief arms and lack of top, and the truth that he’s extra fast than quick. But when Tom Brady seems to be on the scouting report and Borghi’s movie, he’ll see one other model of Rex Burkhead and be thrilled.

ROUND 7 – Nebraska TE Austin Allen
6-8, 253 • Senior

The Bucs are anticipated to re-sign Rob Gronkowski and have veteran reserve Cam Brate and Codey McElroy on the roster. However the workforce wants extra depth and competitors to fill O.J. Howard’s roster spot. This yr’s draft at tight finish is deep with amount, however lacks high-end high quality. So Tampa Bay can afford to attend till Day 3 to grab a decent finish if essential.

Allen is a blue collar tight finish that does the soiled work within the working recreation as a blocker. Whereas he’s not the very best blocking tight finish within the draft, he has sufficient dimension, size, grit and talent to get the job finished. Tight ends in Tampa Bay have to have the ability to block and catch to have a spot in Bruce Arians’ offense.

Allen was a workforce captain in 2021 and is lauded for his management means. Not solely was he Nebraska’s Offensive MVP in 2021, he was additionally the Large Ten Tight Finish of the Yr. Allen beat out Ohio State’s Jeremy Ruckert and Wisconsin’s Jake Ferguson for that honor. And he was a first-team, All-Large Ten tight finish because of this.

ALLEN’S NEBRASKA RECEIVING STATS
2018: 2 catches for 54 yards (27 avg.)
2019: 7 catches for 83 yards (11.3 avg.)
2020: 18 catches for 236 yards (13.1 avg.), TD
2021: 38 catches for 602 yards (15.8 avg.), 2 TDs

Allen actually got here on within the final yr as a receiver. After catching 18 passes for 236 yards (13.1 avg.) and a landing as a junior, he hauled in 38 passes for 602 yards (15.8 avg.) and two TDs final season. His 15-yard common needs to be interesting to Arians, who likes deep threats.

Allen will not be the quickest tight finish and gained’t get a lot yards after his catch. However as a consequence of his 6-foot-8 body and lengthy arms, he can excessive level the ball and are available down with most contested catches. He has an enormous catch radius meaning he’s open even when he’s coated. Allen must work on retaining correct pad stage as a blocker, however he could be an awesome addition in Tampa Bay and be capable to contribute on particular groups.

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