Bucs basic supervisor Jason Licht believes in flooding sure positions within the NFL Draft with a number of picks. Since his first draft in Tampa Bay in 2014, Licht has doubled up on the identical place a complete of 9 instances in eight drafts.
That 12 months beginning with Mike Evans, the seventh total decide, he drafted two extensive receivers and likewise two offensive linemen. Most just lately, Licht doubled up on inside linebackers final 12 months, drafting Okay.J. Britt within the fifth spherical and Grant Stuard with the ultimate decide within the seventh spherical.
Might he double up once more at a sure place this 12 months? It’s fairly attainable.
Earlier than we reveal which place Tampa Bay would possibly flood with a number of picks, here’s a checklist of all of the instances Licht has chosen two gamers from the identical place since 2014.
2014: Mike Evans – first spherical
2014: Robert Herron – sixth spherical
2015: Kenny Bell – fifth spherical
2015: Kaelin Clay – sixth spherical
2014: Kadeem Edwards – fifth spherical
2014: Kevin Pamphile – fifth spherical
2015: Donovan Smith – second spherical
2015: Ali Marpet – second spherical
2016: Vernon Hargreaves III – first spherical
2016: Ryan Smith – fourth spherical
2018: M.J. Stewart – second spherical
2018: Carlton Davis III – second spherical
2019: Sean Murphy-Bunting – second spherical
2019: Jamel Dean – third spherical
2020: Ke’Shawn Vaughn – third spherical
2020: Raymond Calais – seventh spherical
2021: Okay.J. Britt – fifth spherical
2021: Grant Stuard – seventh spherical
So which place may use two or extra gamers on this 12 months’s draft? Look no additional than tight finish.
The Bucs solely have two on their roster in Cameron Brate and Codey McElroy. Brate turns 31 in July and the 29-year previous McElroy has been on the apply squad for years. He’s not a lock to make the staff by any means.
The idea is that Rob Gronkowski would possibly re-sign with the Bucs previous to coaching camp, however thus far he’s been non-committal about returning to soccer. Accidents have taken their toll on the 33-year previous’s physique over time, and he already retired for one season in 2019. Gronkowski got here out of retirement to assist Tampa Bay win a Tremendous Bowl in 2020, however then missed 5 video games final 12 months with damaged ribs and a punctured lung.
Even when Gronkowski returns, it can doubtless solely be for another season. There’s a good likelihood that not one of the present tight ends on the Bucs return in 2023.
Search for Tampa Bay to draft a decent finish in rounds 2-4 after which presumably come again and seize one other one with one among its two seventh-round picks.
The Bucs like Colorado State’s Trey McBride, who could possibly be drafted within the second spherical. Tampa Bay had him in as a High 30 pre-draft go to, along with Washington’s Cade Otton. The Bucs have additionally proven curiosity in Virginia’s Jelani Woods, who has had a number of Zoom calls with the staff. Otton and Woods will doubtless be third-rounders.
If the Bucs wished to seize one other tight finish within the seventh spherical after deciding on one within the center rounds, there will probably be loads of choices. Nebraska’s Austin Allen, Iowa State’s Chase Allen, Pittsburgh’s Lucas Krull and San Jose State’s Derrick Deese, Jr. could possibly be potentialities within the seventh spherical.