SR’s 2022 Bucs Draft Insider


There received’t be an SR’s Fab 5 column on Friday with the NFL Draft this week. I encourage you to learn final week’s SR’s Fab in case you missed it. I turned 50 on Saturday and wrote concerning the 50 issues I’ve liked about masking the Bucs in final week’s column.

As a substitute, I’ve bought some pre-draft evaluation, perception and a few inside scoop for you because the Bucs are only a day away from including one other first-round decide. Get pleasure from!

A Security For Bowles’ First Decide As Bucs Head Coach?

I might see Bucs normal supervisor Jason Licht desirous to get Todd Bowles a security for his first decide as Tampa Bay’s new head coach. That will simply be the Licht factor to do.

Who?

Georgia’s Lewis Cine, who was first mocked to Tampa Bay in Pewter Report’s Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft 3.0 again in March. The Bucs introduced him in for a Prime 30 go to. In addition they probably met with him on the NFL Scouting Mix, the place he blazed a 4.37 within the 40-yard sprint.

Why?

It’s a place of want with Jordan Whitehead’s departure. And Bowles performed security for eight years within the NFL, principally with the Redskins.

When Bowles bought into teaching at each the faculty stage (Morehouse School in 1997) and the professional stage (New York Jets in 2000) he coached the secondary. There isn’t any place Bowles is aware of higher than security.

Georgia S Lewis Cine – Picture by: USA At present

In his first draft as a defensive coordinator in Arizona in 2013, the Cardinals drafted security Tyrann Mathieu within the third spherical. Licht, who was the vice chairman of personnel, did nearly all of analysis into Mathieu. Clearly Bowles performed a giant half in that choice, too.

When Bowles was the Jets head coach in 2017 he drafted two safeties back-to-back within the first two rounds. Bowles used the sixth general decide to pick Jamal Adams after which got here again to seize Marcus Maye close to the highest of the second spherical.

Not solely is the protection place close to and expensive to Bowles’ coronary heart, nevertheless it’s additionally a place Licht has prioritized. He drafted Justin Evans within the second spherical in 2017 and Antoine Winfield, Jr. within the second spherical in 2020. Licht additionally used a third-round decide on Mike Edwards in 2019, and located a starter in Whitehead within the fourth spherical in 2018.

Cine The Bucs Future At Sturdy Security?

Whereas the Bucs signed veteran robust security Keanu Neal this offseason, it was for one yr at an inexpensive $1.87 million. Drafting Cine would give Tampa Bay a long-term reply at robust security. And he can be on an affordable, rookie contract for 4 years with a fifth-year possibility.

That’s vital as a result of Winfield, who made the Professional Bowl final yr, might be in a contract yr subsequent yr. Winfield stands to earn a large contract beginning in 2024. Cine would have two years left on his rookie deal on the time, plus a fifth-year possibility season in 2026.

Bowles was additionally current on the Georgia professional day to see Cine in individual. Cine is a brilliant, severe, no-nonsense soccer participant. He’s a striker and he’s quick. Don’t be shocked if Cine is the Bucs’ first-round decide.

Right here is Cine’s interview on the Mix. Watch this video and you may see why he would mesh nicely with Bowles’ character.

“I believe that I’m a wise participant,” Cine mentioned in Indianapolis. “I can get guys lined up. When guys are mistaken, I could make them proper. The truth that I’ve depth to do this is a stress-reliever in a approach for me. I can even make performs. I’ve bought vary. I’m quick. I can come from high down extraordinarily quick.”

After I watched the Cine interview earlier within the spring, I wrote down “Todd Bowles, Jr.” in my scouting notes.

If Not Cine, Bucs Have Focused Different Safeties

If the Bucs don’t draft Cine within the first spherical, they may choose Illinois security Kerby Joseph within the third or fourth spherical. Tampa Bay had Joseph in for a Prime 30 go to and safeties coach Nick Rapone did his positional exercise at his professional day.

Auburn S Smoke Monday Bucs

Auburn S Smoke Monday – Picture by: USA At present

The Bucs additionally had Auburn security Smoke Monday in for a Prime 30 pre-draft go to. Licht has drafted three Auburn defenders over the previous 4 years. The previous Tigers are cornerback Carlton Davis III in 2018, cornerback Jamel Dean in 2020 and linebacker Okay.J. Britt in 2021.

Monday is a late Day 3 choice. The Bucs have a pair of seventh-round picks, however might bundle these to maneuver up into the sixth spherical to seize Monday in the event that they nonetheless want a security. Tampa Bay additionally hosted Iowa security Dane Belton on a go to in April.

Corridor Additionally In The Combine For Bucs In Spherical 1

There are 5 gamers that Pewter Report believes the Bucs might draft late within the first spherical. Along with Cine, Houston defensive lineman Logan Corridor, Georgia defensive deal with Devonte Wyatt, Colorado State tight finish Trey McBride and huge receiver Treylon Burks are the 5.

Cine addresses a necessity, however defensive deal with and tight finish are literally extra urgent wants. Corridor, who was Tampa Bay’s decide at No. 27 in Pewter Report’s closing Bucs 7-Spherical Mock Draft, is a really versatile defensive lineman. Don’t be shocked if Corridor is picked over Wyatt if each are on the board at No. 27 – if the Bucs choose to not draft Cine.

Corridor turns 22 at present, April 27, whereas Wyatt is already 24. The Cougars star has a formidable body at 6-foot-6, 283 kilos and can develop to be a 300-pounder.

Sporting the No. 92 jersey at Houston, Corridor seemed like Bucs 3-4 defensive finish Will Gholston, who additionally wears No. 92. Whereas the Bucs want to seek out an eventual long-term alternative for defensive deal with Ndamukong Suh, who will probably re-sign after the draft, Tampa Bay will even have to interchange Gholston sooner or later.

Gholston enters his ninth season as a starter and is a good run defender. He’s additionally coming off a career-high 4.5 sacks. He’ll flip 31 later this yr and solely re-signed for one yr. Corridor has a a lot larger ceiling as an inside go rusher. He had seven profession sacks at Houston, together with six final yr.

Houston DL Logan Hall

Houston DL Logan Corridor – Picture courtesy of Houston

Corridor has the flexibility to play all alongside the line of defense. At Houston, Corridor even performed just a few reps on the sting. We’ve seen Bowles play nostril deal with Vita Vea on the sting at instances to provide opposing offenses a unique look. Corridor can be a fair higher match there now and again.

Wyatt is primarily constructed to only be a 3-tech. And he comes with just a few points other than his age. There was a publicized home violence incident that occurred at Georgia. Fees have been finally dropped, however there are different unreported incidents of concern with Wyatt. In the end it is going to be up for groups to find out the validity of the considerations. These of us within the media don’t have the vantage level to solid judgement.

The opposite situation is his lack of manufacturing. Wyatt is meant to be an athletic pass-rushing deal with, however solely had 5 profession sacks for the Bulldogs, together with 2.5 final yr. Six different Georgia defenders had extra. That lack of manufacturing must be a bit worrisome to the Bucs. It wouldn’t be a shock if Bowles and Licht see extra versatility and higher upside in Corridor.

The Age Outdated Situation With Licht

Possibly it’s one thing – or perhaps it’s nothing. However Licht has solely drafted very younger gamers within the first spherical. In reality, the oldest participant he’s used a first-round decide on was Vea, a really particular nostril deal with. He was 23 in 2018.

Age Of Bucs’ First-Spherical Picks Underneath Licht
2014: WR Mike Evans – 20
2015: CB Vernon Hargreaves III – 20
2016: QB Jameis Winston – 21
2017: TE O.J. Howard – 22
2018: NT Vita Vea – 23
2019: ILB Devin White – 21
2020: RT Tristan Wirfs – 21
2021: OLB Joe-Tryon Shoyinka – 21

Licht has solely drafted one senior, and that was Howard in 2017. Each different first-rounder has been a redshirt sophomore or a junior.

This doesn’t imply that Wyatt, a 24-year previous senior, received’t be drafted by Tampa Bay. However given Licht’s previous monitor report, it makes it unlikely given Wyatt’s different points.

McBride A First-Spherical Shock?

Pewter Report had Corridor at No. 27 to the Bucs in our closing mock draft. However the participant we nearly put in there was McBride, the play-making tight finish from Colorado State. Whereas defensive deal with looks like a urgent want, the necessity at tight finish is definitely higher.

Colorado State TE Trey McBride Bucs NFL Draft

Colorado State TE Trey McBride – Picture by: USA At present

Tampa Bay solely has two tight ends on the roster in backup Cam Brate and observe squader Codey McElroy. The workforce hopes to re-sign starter Rob Gronkowski as soon as once more, however at age 33 he’s non-committal about taking part in soccer once more. Accidents have taken their toll on Gronkowski’s physique, and he missed 5 video games final yr with damaged ribs and a punctured lung.

This yr’s draft is fairly deep on the place – however principally with gamers that may ideally be No. 2 tight ends. McBride will be the solely starting-caliber tight finish outdoors of Greg Dulcich, however the workforce hasn’t proven a lot curiosity within the UCLA star from what we’ve gathered.

McBride was given a proper interview by the Bucs on the Mix, and in addition got here in for a Prime 30 go to. At his Colorado State professional day, the John Mackey Award winner mentioned that the Bucs are one of many groups which have proven essentially the most curiosity in him.

Even when Gronkowski is re-signed, the Bucs will want a starter on the place shifting ahead. Brate turns 31 this yr and his expertise are in decline. There’s no assure that McElroy even makes the workforce in 2022.

The Bucs or one other workforce might draft McBride by on the finish of the primary spherical. However he’s in all probability going to be a second-round decide. Nonetheless, it’s uncertain he lasts till Tampa Bay picks once more at No. 60.

The Bucs admire the truth that McBride loves to dam as a lot as he does catch the ball. And his hard-working, humble Midwestern upbringing will certainly enchantment to Licht. McBride may very well be a participant Licht trades up for within the second spherical.

The Backup Choice At Tight Finish

Whereas Tampa Bay loves McBride, there are a few different tight ends the Bucs are concentrating on. The workforce introduced Washington’s Cade Otton in for a Prime 30 go to. He’s probably a 3rd or fourth-round decide.

Tampa Bay has additionally frolicked with Virginia tight finish Jelani Woods on a number of Zoom calls this offseason. The Bucs are intrigued with the athleticism of the 6-foot-7, 253-pounder. Woods ran a blazing 4.62 on the Mix and his inventory is rising. He’ll probably be off the board by the top of Day 2.

The Superb Commerce Situation For The Bucs

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Todd Bowles

Bucs GM Jason Licht and head coach Todd Bowles – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

If the Bucs wish to draft a participant like Corridor or Cine within the first spherical after which snag McBride within the second spherical, Licht should get inventive. As a result of Tampa Bay must commerce up within the second spherical to pick McBride, the easiest way that would occur can be for the Bucs to commerce again with Lions at decide No. 32 or decide No. 34, which is the second choice within the second spherical.

Detroit would possibly wish to draft one other quarterback to problem Jared Goff. And there’ll nonetheless be two or three of the higher quarterbacks round when Tampa Bay is on the clock at No. 27. The Lions might commerce a pair of third-round picks to the Bucs to maneuver as much as No. 27.

That would give Licht the ammo wanted to maneuver up into the early a part of the second spherical to seize McBride. Licht might transfer again to 32 or 34 and draft both Corridor or Cine with Tampa Bay’s first decide of the draft.

No Guard In The First Spherical?

So what concerning the guard place? Aren’t the Bucs taken with discovering a alternative for Ali Marpet at left guard within the draft? That’s not completely mandatory.

The Bucs have a veteran in a contract yr in Aaron Stinnie, along with a pair of younger abilities. Tampa Bay loves Nick Leverett, who’s athletic sufficient to additionally play deal with or middle in a pinch.

The Bucs additionally spent a third-round decide on Robert Hainsey final yr. After studying middle final yr as a rookie, he’ll be thrust into the struggle at left guard this offseason.

Boston College G Zion Johnson Bucs

Boston School G Zion Johnson – Picture by: USA At present

Whereas Boston School’s Zion Johnson is a talented guard, he may not be there at No. 27. Even when Johnson is there when the Bucs are on the clock, he must beat out Stinnie, Leverett and Hainsey in camp for the fitting to start out. All three of these gamers know the offense and have an instantaneous benefit.

If Johnson can’t win the job as a rookie – and there’s no assure, even with first-round picks – then the Bucs may have wasted a yr of their first-round decide in Tom Brady’s closing yr in Tampa Bay. Drafting one other place, equivalent to tight finish, line of defense or security, means the Bucs can rotate their first-round decide onto the sector to get some worth. That’s what occurred with Joe Tryon-Shoyinka final yr. Groups simply don’t rotate offensive linemen into video games due to the cohesion wanted within the trenches.

Texas A&M’s Kenyon Inexperienced isn’t an excellent athlete, and isn’t in Johnson’s class. It’s laborious to see the Bucs choose Inexperienced for a similar purpose they wouldn’t draft Johnson.

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