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


This has been the wildest Bucs offseason in workforce historical past. 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 took over as the top coach as Arians’ hand-picked alternative.

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Regardless of the teaching 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 normal supervisor Jason Licht and vice chairman 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, heart Ryan Jensen, working again Leonard Fournette and defensive finish Will Gholston are all vital 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 large 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 exchange Alex Cappa, who left for Cincinnati in free company. Neal is anticipated to exchange Whitehead at sturdy security.

With the NFL Scouting Mix is over and professional days are winding down, Licht, Bowles, director of school scouting Mike Biehl and vice chairman of participant personnel John Spytek are establishing the Bucs’ 2022 draft board. Tampa Bay traded away a fifth-round choose for Mason and didn’t have a sixth-rounder this 12 months. However the workforce 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 last 2022 Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft of the 12 months. With the offense reloaded this offseason, this may very well be a defensive-laden draft for the Bucs, particularly within the early rounds.

Bucs’ Personnel Wants

Inside Defensive Line

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh and QB Matthew Stafford

Bucs DT Ndamukong Suh and QB Matthew Stafford – Picture by: USA Right this moment

The Bucs re-signed Gholston, however have but to re-sign Ndamukong Suh. He has indicated he needs to play one other season. After back-to-back years with six sacks, Tampa Bay would welcome the 35-year outdated’s return with open arms. This 12 months’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 return. Discovering the best defensive deal with shall be tough, and can most likely need to be performed 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 follow 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 stress 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 choose, 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 sport as a receiver and a protector.

Security

Bucs S Keanu Neal

Bucs S Keanu Neal – Picture by: USA Right this moment

The Bucs have top-of-the-line younger safeties within the sport in Antoine Winfield, Jr., who largely 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 sturdy security full time. Edwards can be in a contract 12 months, so Tampa Bay must draft a security for depth regardless. The Bucs have advised long-time reserve Andrew Adams that they’re shifting on from him. The Bucs signed Logan 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.

Cornerback

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 shall be again for an additional season. Jamel Dean had his finest 12 months, though he fought via accidents. Sean Murphy-Bunting missed half the season on account 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’ mould on this draft, which is an effective signal for Tampa Bay.

Guard

The Bucs misplaced Professional Bowl guard Ali Marpet to retirement and Cappa in free company. Tampa Bay traded for 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 12 months’s third-round choose Robert Hainsey, a backup heart, 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 shouldn’t be a necessity with Mason’s arrival. Nonetheless, 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 possibility on the Bucs’ draft board, the workforce might pull the set off.

2022 FINAL Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft

ROUND 1 – Houston DL Logan Corridor
6-6, 283 • Senior

Corridor is perhaps a shock title within the first spherical for the Bucs, however he may very well be the choose if they need a defensive deal with and Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt is off the board. Tampa Bay met with Corridor on the NFL Scouting Mix and in addition had him in for a Prime 30 go to on the workforce facility. The Bucs clearly like him, and his inventory is on the rise after postseason displaying on the Senior Bowl and the Mix. Buying and selling again a number of spots to choose up an additional mid-round choose and touchdown Corridor within the early second spherical could be splendid. But when normal supervisor Jason Licht can’t commerce again and is pressured to stay and choose, it may very well be Corridor at No. 27

Bruce Arians mentioned on the Mix that the Bucs needed a faster deal with that would rush the passer subsequent to Vita Vea. Corridor ran a 4.88 within the 40-yard sprint, which is within the ninetieth percentile, in response to MockDraftable.com. His 1.68 10-yard cut up ranked within the 83rd percentile. The Cougars star’s 20-yard shuttle time was 4.44 (eighty fifth percentile). Corridor’s three-cone drill time was 7.25 (ninetieth percentile). Athletically, he checks the bins.

Corridor added almost 20 kilos from his faculty enjoying weight of 265 and he has extra room to develop within the NFL. What makes Corridor much more intriguing than a participant like Wyatt is his versatility. He’s projected to be a 4-3 defensive finish due to his 6-foot-6, 283-pound body. Consider New Orleans’ Marcus Davenport (6-6, 265) and Cameron Jordan (6-4, 287). However Corridor spent most of his days with Cougars as a 3 method defensive deal with.

Corridor might add one other 10 kilos of mass and muscle and be near 300 kilos like Will Gholston, who strikes round Tampa Bay’s 3-4 protection. Gholston will flip 31 this 12 months and is on a one-year deal. Ultimately he must be changed, similar to the 35-year outdated Suh, who is anticipated to be re-signed. Given Corridor’s place flexibility he can rotate in for each Gholston and Suh as a rookie after which exchange one as a starter subsequent 12 months.

HALL’S HOUSTON CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
2018: 14 tackles, 3 TFLs, FF
2019: 13 tackles, 1.5 TFLs
2020: 23 tackles, 2 TFLs, sack, PBU
2021: 47 tackles, 13 TFLs, 6 sacks

Corridor’s birthday was April 22 and he simply turned 22. He’s two full years youthful than Wyatt, who turned 24 on March 31. Corridor had seven profession sacks at Houston, which was two greater than Wyatt had in his profession at Georgia. Corridor had a career-high six sacks final 12 months as a part of the Cougars’ Sack Avenue defensive position. Wyatt had a career-high 2.5 sacks enjoying on Georgia’s vaunted defensive entrance.

As a result of Todd Bowles additionally likes to combine issues up, Corridor has the scale and size to additionally play exterior linebacker. Anthony Nelson is 6-foot-6, 271 kilos. And even Vea has lined up on the sting of the defensive entrance in some conditions to provide opposing offensive traces a distinct look.

Along with his body, athleticism, senior 12 months manufacturing, Corridor offers Bowles a flexible defensive lineman that may assist the Bucs in a mess of the way. His capacity to cease the run on the best way to the passer is vital as a result of run protection is a precedence for Bowles. Corridor earned a 78 run grade from Professional Soccer Focus and an 84.9 go rush grade in 2022.

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

Other than defensive deal with, the gaping gap within the Bucs’ beginning lineup is at tight finish. The Bucs solely have Cameron Brate and Codey McElroy on the roster presently. 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 Might, returns, it’s going to 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. Don’t be stunned if the Bucs contemplate taking him at No. 27 – or buying and selling as much as get him within the second spherical after deciding on Corridor. McBride addition offers Tom Brady one other large weapon within the passing sport.

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. Regardless that opponents knew McBride was going to get the ball he nonetheless couldn’t be stopped. McBride had eight 100-yard receiving video games in faculty, together with 5 final 12 months.

McBRIDE’S COLORADO STATE CAREER RECEIVING STATS
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 unbelievable focus when catching the ball – even in site visitors. He has good yards-after-catch capacity on account of his 4.52 velocity. McBride is a prepared and decided blocker who will solely get higher with extra teaching, method work and weight room power.

After ending his Colorado State profession with a 69-yard landing run on a faux punt in his final sport, McBride caught two passes for 12 yards and a landing on the Senior Bowl. The Bucs had him on their Prime 30 go to checklist this offseason and did a proper interview with him on the NFL Scouting Mix. McBride is a hard-working, humble, no-nonsense kind of man that Todd Bowles will love. His Midwestern roots and work ethic will enchantment to normal supervisor Jason Licht.

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

The Bucs return to the defensive facet of the ball within the third spherical with the number 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 capacity. 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 response to Professional Soccer Focus. Taylor-Britt performed exterior 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 exterior cornerback, 105 snaps within the field and 148 snaps deep at security.

TAYLOR-BRITT’S NEBRASKA CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
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 best, 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 last season. He’s on Tampa Bay’s checklist for a Prime 30 pre-draft go to.

With the flexibility to play each inside and outdoors cornerback, he might push Sean Murphy-Bunting for enjoying time within the slot. And with Murphy-Bunting and Dean each in a contract 12 months, Taylor-Britt offers the Bucs one other younger, developmental cornerback that may be a doable starter in 2023.

ROUND 4 – Arizona State RB Rachaad White
6-0, 214 • Senior

The Bucs are in search of an all-around working again that may run and catch the ball, and White suits the invoice. At 6-foot, 214 kilos, White has the same working type to Leonard Fournette – though not as large – and Le’Veon Bell. He’s a affected person runner with stable imaginative and prescient and sneaky, misleading velocity. White is quick sufficient to speed up via the holes and switch the nook on the subsequent degree when he hits the gasoline.

White confirmed promise within the 4 video games he performed in throughout his first season at Arizona State in a COVID-shortened 2020 marketing campaign. He averaged 10 yards per carry earlier than turning into the workhorse again for the Solar Devils as a senior. In 2021, White ran for 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. But he was much more spectacular as a receiver, catching 43 passes for 456 yards and a wholesome 10.6 common.

Previous to transferring to Arizona State, White had a profitable profession at Mt. San Antonio Faculty in 2018-10. He rushed for 1,264 yards as a sophomore, averaging 6.4 yards a carry and scoring 10 touchdowns.

WHITE’S ARIZONA STATE CAREER RUSHING STATS
2020: 42 carries for 420 yards (10 avg.), 5 TDs

2021: 182 carries for 1,000 yards (5.5 avg.), 15 TDs

WHITE’S ARIZONA STATE CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2020: 8 rec. for 158 yards (18.9 avg.), TD
2021: 43 rec. for 456 yards (10.6 avg.), TD

White had 4 100-yard dashing video games at Arizona State, together with back-to-back video games of 202 yards and 184 yards in wins in opposition to USC and Washington, respectively. He totaled 5 dashing TDs in these two video games. White additionally had three video games final 12 months by which he ran for 90-plus yards, however didn’t hit 100 yards.

The Solar Devils star examined effectively on the NFL Scouting Mix the place he had a proper interview with the Bucs. White ran a 4.48 within the 40-yard sprint, had a 38-inch vertical and a 10-foot, 5-inch broad leap. Tampa Bay had him in for a Prime 30 go to.

Regardless that the Bucs re-signed Fournette and Giovani Bernard they want one other again that may be an element within the passing sport. That’s considered one of White’s greatest strengths. Whereas he has restricted kick and punt return expertise in faculty, White may also help present competitors in that space on particular groups as a rookie.

ROUND 7 – Auburn S Smoke Monday
6-2, 207 • Senior

Jason Licht loves drafting Auburn defenders. Monday would be the fourth, becoming a member of linebacker Okay.J. Britt and cornerbacks Carlton Davis III and Jamel Dean. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Monday is a very versatile defender that may play within the slot along with enjoying within the field and enjoying deep. He’s like a taller, lankier model of Antoine Winfield, Jr. and Mike Edwards. Each of these Bucs defensive backs have related versatility.

With Jordan Whitehead departing in free company and Edwards coming into his contract 12 months, the Bucs might use extra expertise and high quality depth on the security place. Keanu Neal was signed this offseason, however solely on a one-year deal. Monday’s versatility helps Tampa Bay’s secondary in quite a few methods.

MONDAY’S AUBURN CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
2018: 15 tackles, 2 TFLs, 2 sacks, INT
2019: 20 tackles, 2 TFLs, sack, INT, TD
2020: 73 tackles, 4 TFLs, sack, 2 INTs, TD, 3 PBUs, FF
2021: 63 tackles, 9 TFLs, 2 sacks, INT, TD 5 PBUs

Monday has been a big-play machine for the Auburn protection, amassing 171 tackles, eight go breakups and 5 interceptions in his profession. He additionally has three defensive touchdowns for the Tigers, together with a key pick-six in Auburn’s 48-45 Iron Bowl win over Alabama in 2019. His 100-yard pick-six in opposition to Tennessee was additionally an enormous play in that 30-17 win.

What additionally appeals to Tampa Bay is how effectively Monday performs on the line of scrimmage. Auburn blitzed Monday out of the slot the place he recorded six sacks and a pressured fumble in his profession. Monday additionally had 17 tackles for loss in his profession, which is a formidable quantity for a defensive again. He doesn’t shrink back from contact and is a giant hitter.

Monday has performed on all 4 phases of particular groups at Auburn and was a standout performer. With an alpha persona, Monday brings the power day-after-day of the week. He does have to play with extra self-discipline in protection and keep away from penalties. Monday received flagged twice for focusing on in 2021. That’s a part of the rationale why he’s a Day 3 prospect, along with pedestrian 4.52 velocity.

ROUND 7 – Northern Iowa WR Isaiah Weston
6-3, 211 • Senior

Tampa Bay ends the 2022 NFL Draft with the number of Weston. He’s a giant, 6-foot-3, 211-pound size-speed prospect that intrigues together with his 22.6-yard profession receiving common. Weston is a poor man’s model of North Dakota State receiver Christian Watson. He’s a small college blazer (4.42 within the 40) that constantly blew by lesser defensive backs on the FCS degree.

Weston turns 25 in October and is an older prospect, which works in opposition to him within the draft. His age, restricted particular groups expertise and coming from the FCS degree causes him to be a late Day 3 choose.

WESTON’S NORTHERN IOWA CAREER RECEIVING STATS
2017: 22 rec. for 380 yards (17.3 avg.), 5 TDs
2019: 43 rec. for 1,053 yards (24.5 avg.), 10 TDs
2020: 7 rec. for 152 yards (21.7 avg.), TD
2021: 37 rec. for 883 yards (23.9 avg.), 5 TDs

The Bucs might use one other receiver to problem the likes of Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and Cyril Grayson, Jr. Tampa Bay places an emphasis on velocity and dimension and have used a number of Day 3 picks on receivers in Jason Licht’s tenure. Miller (2019) and Justin Watson (2018) are the latest. However Licht additionally spent Day 3 choices on Kenny Bell and Kaelin Clay in 2015, and Robert Herron in 2014.

Weston has expertise enjoying each inside and outside as a slot receiver. He solely had eight drops in faculty, and not more than three in any season. Weston led Northern Iowa in receiving as a sophomore and a senior. He missed the 2018 season with a torn ACL and a lot of the shortened 2020 marketing campaign with different accidents.

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