Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bucs:
CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (1/20)
30. Logan Hall, EDGE, Houston
Hall is the long, versatile defensive lineman the Buccaneers love in the trenches. And Tampa Bay has to add more youth to that unit.
ESPN - Mel Kiper (1/19)
30. DeMarvin Leal, IDL, Texas A&M
Like the Cowboys, the Bucs have several free agents hitting the open market this offseason, including center Ryan Jensen, wide receiver Chris Godwin, cornerback Carlton Davis and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. So while time will tell which players they bring back, this pick is about a like-for-like replacement for Ndamukong Suh, who turned 35 earlier this month and has been playing on one-year contracts.
The 290-pound Leal could play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme or 3-technique tackle in a 4-3. He has a powerful lower half and strong hands. He had 8.5 sacks for the Aggies in 2021, showing improvement on his ability to take down quarterbacks.
The Athletic - Dane Brugler (1/19)
30. Logan Hall, EDGE, Houston
Hall is one of the more underrated prospects in this draft class, and I wouldn't be surprised if he is long gone by this pick. Personally, I like him best as an edge rusher where he has a little bit of a runway and can unlock his quickness and length. But Hall would give Tampa flexibility on the defensive line as Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen has called him "one of the best" defensive tackles he has ever coached.
PFF - Austin Gayle (1/17)
30. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
With over 2,200 defensive snaps played in his Auburn career, McCreary will be one of the more experienced cornerbacks entering the 2022 NFL Draft. He's a sticky cover corner who has improved his PFF grade every year of his career with the Tigers. He allowed more than 90 yards in just one game throughout the 2021 season and finished the year with an impressive 89.9 PFF grade.
Baltimore Sun - C.J. Doon (1/14)
30. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
The list of notable Buccaneers entering free agency is long, and at the top is wide receiver Chris Godwin. But even if the Bucs re-sign him, they could stand to upgrade at the position. The 6-1, 188-pound Olave is a polished route runner who can thrive in the slot or out wide, giving quarterback Tom Brady a versatile weapon.
Athlon Sports - Bryan Fischer (1/13)
31. Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia
Wyatt can get upfield in the blink of an eye and while extending Tom Brady's window with weapons remains a priority, those needs can wait until Day 2 when you have such a rare interior lineman available.
San Diego Union Tribune - Eddie Brown (1/13)
31. Cameron Thomas, IDL, San Diego State
Jason Pierre-Paul, William Gholston and Ndamukong Suh are all free agents. Thomas was the most dominant pass rusher in college football this side of Ann Arbor. He racked up an FBS-leading 77 pressures this season and finished sixth with 29 run stops, according to Pro Football Focus.
USA Today - Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (1/12)
29. DeMarvin Leal, IDL, Texas A&M
The offseason questions are piling up in Tampa Bay, with the likes of wide receiver Chris Godwin, cornerback Carlton Davis, tight end Rob Gronkowski, center Ryan Jensen, outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh and William Gholston all set to hit free agency. While the Buccaneers might be able to retain many of their key pieces, the last two veterans might be among those they end up parting with. The multi-talented Leal would help the defending champions undergo a refresh up front with an interior presence adept at creating disruption.
For The Win - Charles McDonald (1/12)
29. Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Antonio Brown out, Jahan Dotson in. A wide receiver with separation skills like Dotson is a good fit for Tom Brady and makes sense if they end up losing Chris Godwin in free agency.
The Draft Network - Joe Marino (1/10)
30. Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
After "running it back" with virtually the same roster in 2021, something's gotta give with the Buccaneers' personnel next offseason given the list of contracts set to expire. The draft is likely going to be about replacing whoever they lost. In this scenario, let's operate as if Carlton Davis is not retained.
Sauce Gardner has loose hips, quick feet, excellent length, and outstanding speed. He has good ball skills and fits the mold of cornerback that we've seen Tampa Bay gravitate toward. He is excellent in press coverage and is a physical player.
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