Pewter Report’s 2022 Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft 4.0

The Bucs offseason has gotten even wilder since Pewter Report’s final 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft. Tampa Bay noticed Tom Brady’s sudden unretirement on the eve of free company – solely to be adopted by Bruce Arians’ sudden retirement two weeks later. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles takes over as the top coach as Arians’ hand-picked alternative.

Regardless of the head-coaching change, the Bucs are thought of to be a legit contender for an additional Tremendous Bowl run. 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.

Bucs basic supervisor Jason Licht and vp of enterprise administration Mike Greenberg have been busy this offseason. They re-signed franchise participant Chris Godwin and several other key veterans. Cornerback Carlton Davis III, middle Ryan Jensen, working again Leonard Fournette and defensive finish Will Gholston are all essential core gamers.

The Bucs additionally added some veteran free brokers. First amongst them was Atlanta’s Russell Gage because the workforce’s No. 3 receiver. That addition, plus Godwin’s return and the re-signing of Breshad Perriman, lessens Tampa Bay’s want at broad receiver.

The Gage transfer was adopted by a commerce for proper guard Shaq Mason and the signings of defensive again Logan Ryan and security Keanu Neal. Mason will change Alex Cappa, who left for Cincinnati in free company. Neal is anticipated to interchange Whitehead at robust security.

With the NFL Scouting Mix is over and professional days are winding down, Licht, Bowles, director of faculty scouting Mike Biehl and vp of participant personnel John Spytek are organising the Bucs’ 2022 draft board. Tampa Bay traded away a fifth-round decide for Mason and didn’t have a sixth-rounder this 12 months. However the workforce picked up a seventh-round compensatory decide.

Let’s check out Tampa Bay’s personnel wants following the season, and who the Bucs choose in Pewter Report’s fourth 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft of the 12 months. 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

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

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 12 months’s crop of defensive tackles in free company and the NFL Draft is weak, so getting Suh again can 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 fitting defensive sort out will probably be tough, and can in all probability must be completed early.

Tight Finish

The Bucs have but to re-sign Rob Gronkowski, though the workforce is hopeful he’ll return for yet one more 12 months. Cam Brate will stick round after a pay lower, and the Bucs have Codey McElroy again from the observe squad. However Tampa Bay might use some new blood on the place. Discovering a good finish that may block and catch is a should. The excellent news is that this 12 months’s draft is pretty deep on the place.

Operating Again

Tampa Bay re-signed Fournette to a three-year contract value $7 million per season. That ensures that he’s the starter and takes much less strain off drafting a working again. Giovani Bernard was additionally re-signed to assist out on third downs as a pass-catcher. With Ke’Shawn Vaughn, a former third-round decide, and Kenjon Barner on the roster, the Bucs might want to add yet one more again for depth and competitors. Search for the Bucs to draft one because it’s a reasonably deep class. Whoever Tampa Bay drafts, that again have to be an element within the passing recreation as a receiver and a protector.


Bucs S Keanu Neal

Bucs S Keanu Neal – Picture by: USA In the present day

The Bucs have probably the greatest younger safeties within the recreation in Antoine Winfield, Jr., who principally performs free security. Neal would be the instant alternative for Whitehead, who was signed in free company by the Jets. Mike Edwards will rotate in with Neal, as he’s by no means performed robust security full time. Edwards can also be in a contract 12 months, so Tampa Bay must draft a security for depth regardless. The Bucs have instructed long-time reserve Andrew Adams that they’re shifting 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 deliver expertise and management to the room.


The return of Davis is large as a result of he’s Tampa Bay’s prime cowl nook. It additionally means the workforce’s prime three cornerbacks will probably be again for an additional season. Jamel Dean had his finest 12 months, though he fought by way of accidents. Sean Murphy-Bunting missed half the season as a result of damage and was unspectacular when he returned. Accidents hit the cornerback place laborious. With Dean and Murphy-Bunting in a contract 12 months, it solely is smart 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 effective signal for Tampa Bay.


The Bucs misplaced Professional Bowl guard Ali Marpet to retirement and Cappa in free company. Tampa Bay traded for Mason to interchange 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 12 months’s third-round decide Robert Hainsey, a backup middle, can even be a part of the fray to compete for the left guard job. Sadarius Hutcherson and John Molchon are additionally choices to compete. Drafting a guard will not be a necessity with Mason’s arrival. Nevertheless, if one of many prime guards like Boston Faculty’s Zion Johnson, Texas A&M’s Kenyon Inexperienced or Memphis’ Dylan Parham can be found and the highest choice on the Bucs’ draft board, the workforce might pull the set off.

2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft 4.0

ROUND 1 – UConn DT Travis Jones
6-4, 325 • Junior

Even when Ndamukong Suh returns for yet one more season at age 35, Tampa Bay wants to handle the defensive sort out place. The Bucs want our bodies on the place, particularly if 36-year outdated veteran Steve McLendon doesn’t return. Jones is a younger, athletic, run-stuffing sort out that might pair with Vita Vea for the long run. This draft class is shallow by way of high quality and amount, so if Tampa Bay goes to draft an inside defensive lineman, the workforce will want to take action within the first couple of rounds.

If Georgia defensive sort out Devonte Wyatt is there at No. 27 they might simply pull the set off on him as an alternative.  If, after all, his character checks out. He’s faster and twitchier than Jones. However he and Bulldogs teammate Jordan Davis might very nicely be off the board by the point Tampa Bay is on the clock. And Jones is not any slouch.

The large 6-foot-4, 325-pound Jones confirmed off his brute power on the Senior Bowl. He has a big body and performs with energy. 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 recreation. He additionally has a formidable swim transfer that he’s added to his pass-rushing repertoire.

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, who was a workforce captain and labeled a tough employee, performed at UConn the place the Huskies had a dismal 4-32 file throughout his time there. Regardless of the shortage of successful, Jones had a profitable profession, enhancing every season, particularly as a move rusher. Jones has eight profession sacks, together with 4.5 final 12 months.

He has the dimensions and skill to start out straight away in Tampa Bay if Suh doesn’t return. However on the very least, Jones can be an important wave defensive sort out as a rookie. He confirmed nicely on the NFL Scouting Mix, working a 4.92 within the 40-yard sprint and testing within the Prime 5 of all defensive tackles in agility drills.

Bucs basic supervisor Jason Licht believes in constructing by way of the trenches. He invested the twelfth total decide in Vea again in 2018. Drafting one other stud defensive sort out is smart in Todd Bowles’ protection, which prioritizes stopping the run.

ROUND 2 – Colorado State TE Trey McBride
6-4, 246 • Senior

The opposite gaping gap within the Bucs’ beginning lineup is at tight finish, the place the Bucs solely have Cameron Brate and Codey McElroy on the roster. Tampa Bay is hoping that Rob Gronkowski will finally re-sign with the Bucs for yet one more season. However the future Corridor of Famer has been non-committal.

Even when Gronkowski, who turns 33 in Could, returns, it should solely be for yet one more season. Brate turns 31 in July, so the Bucs might use a youth motion on the tight finish place. McBride is taken into account to be the No. 1 tight finish on many groups’ draft boards. His addition provides Tom Brady one other weapon within the passing recreation.

The 2021 John Mackey Award winner led the nation at his place with 90 catches for 1,121 yards (12.5 avg.) and one landing final 12 months. Despite the fact that opponents knew McBride was going to get the ball he couldn’t be stopped. McBride had eight 100-yard receiving video games in faculty, together with 5 final 12 months.

2018: 7 catches for 89 yards (12.7 avg.), TD
2019: 45 catches for 560 yards (12.4 avg.), 4 TDs
2020: 22 catches for 330 yards (15 avg.), 4 TDs
2021: 90 catches for 1,121 yards (12.5 avg.), TD

McBride has nice arms and large focus when catching the ball – even in site visitors. He has good yards-after-catch means as a result of his 4.52 velocity. McBride is a prepared and decided blocker who will solely get higher with extra teaching, approach work and weight room energy.

After ending his Colorado State profession with a 69-yard landing run on a pretend punt in his final recreation, McBride caught two passes for 12 yards and a landing on the Senior Bowl. The Bucs have him on their Prime 30 go to listing this offseason.

ROUND 3 – Nebraska CB Cam Taylor-Britt
5-11, 207 • Junior • 4.38

The Bucs return to the defensive aspect of the ball within the third spherical with the choice of Taylor-Britt. Jason Licht has drafted seven defensive backs on Day 2 throughout his tenure as GM, together with cornerback Jamel Dean and security Mike Edwards in 2019. Simply placed on the tape and also you’ll see why Taylor-Britt is a Bucs cornerback.

Taylor-Britt is a thick, muscular cornerback that performs with large physicality. He’s a violent tackler with big-play means. Taylor-Britt recorded 5 interceptions and broke up 22 passes at Nebraska. He additionally pressured 4 fumbles in the course of the 2019 season.

As a three-year starter, he gave up a complete of six touchdowns, in line with Professional Soccer Focus. Taylor-Britt performed outdoors cornerback for 659 snaps final 12 months and 428 snaps in 2020. But he confirmed off versatility in 2019, enjoying 170 snaps within the slot, 108 snaps at outdoors cornerback, 105 snaps within the field and 148 snaps deep at security.

2018: 12 tackles, 3 PBUs, FR
2019: 49 tackles, 4 TFLs, 4 PBUs, 4 FFs, 1.5 sacks, 2 INTs, TD
2020: 28 tackles, 3 TFLs, 4 PBUs, 2 INTs
2021: 51 tackles, 3 TFLs, 11 PBUs, sack, INT

Taylor-Britt has some place flexibility to play inside and outside. Whereas he’s not the perfect, lengthy, 6-foot-1 cornerback like Carlton Davis III or Jamel Dean, Taylor-Britt performs like a giant nook. The Bucs have one other 5-foot-11, 200-pound cornerback on the roster in Dee Delaney. Taylor-Britt truly has longer arms (31 1/4) than 6-foot-2 LSU cornerback Derek Stingley (30 5/8) and 6-foot-1 Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam (30 7/8).

He’s lauded at Nebraska for his work ethic and vocal management. Taylor-Britt was voted as a workforce captain throughout his ultimate season. He’s on Tampa Bay’s listing for a Prime 30 pre-draft go to.

With the flexibility to play each inside and out of doors cornerback, he might push Sean Murphy-Bunting for taking part in time within the slot. And with Murphy-Bunting and Dean each in a contract 12 months, Taylor-Britt provides the Bucs one other younger, developmental cornerback that may be a attainable starter in 2023.

ROUND 4 – Florida RB Dameon Pierce
5-10, 224 • Senior

Pierce needed to cut up carries with Malik Taylor at Florida, however that was probably a poor teaching choice from the now-fired Dan Mullen. At 5-foot-10, 224 kilos, Pierce is an especially bodily bowling ball of a again. The Bucs are on the lookout for working backs that might step in and change Leonard Fournette in case of damage – or pair with him.

Pierce has elite tackle-breaking means and was rated because the highest-graded again by Professional Soccer Focus (92). He pressured 39 missed tackles regardless of simply 119 touches final 12 months for the Gators. Pierce performs with a way of urgency, and has a pleasant jab-step juke transfer within the open area.

Though he cut up time within the backfield final 12 months, Pierce led Florida with 13 dashing touchdowns. That was one away from Emmitt Smith’s single-season college file. He averaged a landing each seven touches in 2021, in line with

2018: 69 carries for 424 yards (6.1 avg.), 2 TDs
2019: 54 carries for 305 yards (5.6 avg.), 4 TDs
2020: 106 carries for 503 yards (4.7 avg.), 4 TDs
2021: 100 carries for 574 yards (5.7 avg.), 13 TDs

2018: 5 catches for 20 yards (4.0 avg.), TD
2019: 4 catches for 30 yards (7.5 avg.)
2020: 17 catches for 156 yards (9.2 avg.), TD
2021: 19 catches for 216 yards (11.4 avg.), 3 TDs

Pierce will not be the quickest again (4.59). That, plus a scarcity of manufacturing as a result of a light-weight workload, might trigger him to slide to Day 3. The excellent news for Pierce is that he has loads of tread on his tires with simply 374 touches in his four-year Gators profession.

The place Pierce gives added worth is within the passing recreation. He’s thought to be the highest pass-protecting again within the draft, in addition to being an impressive receiver. Pierce caught all 19 of his targets final 12 months for 216 yards and three scores. His 11.4-yard receiving common is sort of spectacular, too.

The Bucs had a proper interview with Pierce on the NFL Scouting Mix and in addition had him in for an area pre-draft go to.

ROUND 7 – Ole Miss DE-OLB Tariqious Tisdale
6-5, 285 • Senior

Tisdale missed vital time in 2020 and 2021 as a result of damage and solely performed in 11 video games over that two-season span. He’s an athletic specimen with an extended, chiseled body. Thus far, the manufacturing doesn’t match the athleticism, particularly as a move rusher. Tisdale solely collected three sacks and 9 tackles for loss in faculty.

He does his finest work in opposition to the run the place he performs with good effort and has good, heavy arms. Tisdale turned heads with a 4.63 within the 40-yard sprint at 285 kilos at his professional day.

He might supply the Bucs some place flexibility on protection as he performed in every single place from edge to nostril sort out for the Rebels. Tampa Bay solely re-signed 30-year outdated defensive sort out Will Gholston for one 12 months. Tisdale could possibly be groomed as a possible alternative.

2018: 33 tackles, 3 TFLs, sack
2019: 28 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 2 sacks
2020: 19 tackles, 1.5 TFLs
2021: 8 tackles, TFL

Day 3 is the place NFL groups routinely take gambles on gamers with traits, and Tisdale definitely has them. Not solely is his height-weight-speed mixture thrilling, he has large 35-inch arms and an 83-inch wingspan.

Tisdale’s velocity and skill to bend might make him a candidate to be a giant, lengthy outdoors linebacker within the Anthony Nelson mildew. Nelson is in a contract 12 months. Tisdale might additionally consider on particular groups, the place Tampa Bay has but to interchange defensive finish Patrick O’Connor.

ROUND 7 – Iowa S Dane Belton
6-0, 205 • Junior

Belton was a three-year starter at Iowa, enjoying the “CASH” place, which is a nickel defender. As a slot cornerback and security hybrid, Belton was energetic in each the run recreation and in move protection. The Tampa native has good dimension and 4.43 velocity, nevertheless it’s his instincts and soccer I.Q. which have NFL groups enthusiastic about his potential.

Belton is a late bloomer within the passing recreation. After being an All-Huge Ten honorable point out participant as a sophomore, Belton got here into his personal as a junior. He improved his move breakup manufacturing from 5 to 12. Moreover, he tied for the Huge  Ten lead in interceptions with 5.

Belton’s heady play is evidenced by the truth that he was solely flagged with two penalties in his Hawkeyes profession. As a result of he was a three-year starter at Iowa, he lacks particular groups expertise. However that’s the place he’ll must make the workforce as a reserve security in Tampa Bay.

2019: 33 tackles, 2 TFLs,
2020: 33 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 5 PBUs, FF
2021: 46 tackles, 3 TFLs, 12 PBUs, 5 INTs

The Bucs might use one other security on the depth chart. Not solely did Tampa Bay lose Whitehead in free company, the workforce gained’t be bringing again reserve Andrew Adams. With Neal and Ryan solely signed for 2022, and Edwards in a contract 12 months, including one other security like Belton is smart.

Tampa Bay had Belton in for an area go to, on condition that he performed highschool soccer at Jesuit.


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