After a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will now have eight selections over the next two days. The Bucs traded out of the first round and will acquire the first pick in the second round (33) from the Jaguars, along with picks 106 and 180.
Could the Buccaneers pick a quarterback? Tom Brady is likely to retire for good after this season and while they have Kyle Trask, but the opportunity might just be too tempting with Liberty star Malik Willis, Ole Miss’ Matt Corral, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder and North Carolina’s Sam Howell were all potential first round picks but alas they are still available.
Meanwhile, there are other solid options:
From our friends at Bucs Report here are a few players who could be headed to Tampa Bay.
Travis Jones, DT, Connecticut
Jones is a bully on the defensive line. His combination of power and explosiveness is far from common. At 6’4 and 325 lbs Jones played primarily at nose tackle for the Huskies. However, he was able to show off his athleticism and pass rush potential where he dominated guys like Zion Johnson and Cole Strange who were both drafted in the first round.
If the Bucs drafted Jones then he could immediately replace Ndamukong Suh as a top notch run defender. And while his pass rush isn’t completely polished he has all the tools you could hope to develop. Jones would be at the top of my wishlist for the Buccaneers.
Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
In many ways, Winfrey is much like Travis Jones. Both played mostly as a nose tackle in college and both were dominant at the Senior Bowl. What separates them more than anything is their size. Winfrey is just 290 lbs and that lack of size and strength shows up on the field.
On the other hand, Winfrey is a more natural projection as a pass rusher. He is explosive off the line of scrimmage scrimmage and extremely disruptive. The Bucs have had great success when drafting pass rushers from Oklahoma and I’d expect this one to be no different.
Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
Booth has a legitimate case to be the best cornerback in the draft. He brings the size, 6’0 and 195 lbs, that the Buccaneers covet. He also brings good ball skills with five interceptions in the last two years combined. This is the type of talent that can bring the Bucs secondary from good to great.
The only reason Booth is available for the Bucs is a little bit of an injury concern. If the Bucs are willing to take the chance on a guy with an injury history then Booth is the type of player that can take this defense to the next level.
Trey McBride, TE, Colorado State
McBride was an incredibly impactful college player. He had over 1,000 receiving yards last season and showed well as a blocker in the right circumstance. In terms of talent and need, this is a natural fit.
This might be a hair early foe McBride. Ideally, the Buccaneers could trade back again with a quarterback hungry team and make this pick a little later. With that said, McBride is still one of the best options that the Bucs could realistically consider.
Logan Hall, DT, Houston
To be honest, I feel obligated to include Hall here because the Buccaneers have been connected to him. If we’re talking a true best player available list then Hall would not be included. However, there’s a realistic chance he’ll be in play.
What Hall does have is elite athletic tools. If the Buccaneers can mold him as a rotational pass rusher, particularly if they re-sign Suh, then Hall could develop into an impact player in a few years.
Here is a full list of Tampa Bay’s remaining selections, barring any trades:
- Pick 33 – Second Round
- Pick 60 – Second Round
- Pick 91 – Third Round
- Pick 106 – Fourth Round
- Pick 133 – Fourth Round
- Pick 180 – Sixth Round
- Pick 248 – Seventh Round
- Pick 261 – Seventh Round (Compensatory Pick)
The Buccaneers gained a seventh-round pick in the compensatory process and gave up a fifth rounder to the New England Patriots for guard Shaq Mason after the retirement of Pro Bowler Ali Marpet. Tampa Bay will now have two fourth-round picks, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. For the first time since 1998, the Bucs have begun the draft without a selection in the first round after trading out. The Bucs entered the draft with six picks and gained coveted draft capital.
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