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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup 4.0

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:

SI - Kevin Hanson (2/17)

27. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina

Would Bruce Arians be comfortable starting Kyle Trask in Year 2? Perhaps so, based on recent comments, but there's also only one quarterback under contract (Trask) for 2022, and he was inactive for every game as a rookie. Arguably the best deep passer in this draft class, Howell would match stylistically with what Arians would like to do in the vertical passing game.

Yahoo! Sports - Eric Edholm (2/17)

27. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Perhaps this pick is used to lure a veteran quarterback, so our approach was to simply peg the best player here who potentially could be a fit. If the team can't find a way to keep Chris Godwin, Olave might be the closest facsimile at this stage of the draft. His smooth route running and knack for gliding to separation would make Tom Brady's replacement a happy quarterback.

Draft Wire - Luke Easterling (2/17)

27. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

Even if the Bucs re-sign Chris Godwin, don't be surprised if they take a wide receiver here, especially if the board falls this way and leaves this many talented pass-catchers still on the board. Making Wilson the No. 3 receiver in this offense would be just unfair.

ESPN - Todd McShay (2/16)

27. Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

Tom Brady is gone, but Tampa Bay seems like one of the QB-needy teams that will go the veteran route. The Buccaneers used a second-rounder on Kyle Trask last year, so they already have a hope-we-can-develop-him young passer in the mix. Instead, I'm looking at Williams, who is probably the most talented receiver in the class. He is coming off a torn ACL and will likely miss part of the season, but he's big-play receiver with elite speed and shiftiness as a ball carrier. He piled up 1,572 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in 2021. Antonio Brown is gone, Chris Godwin is a pending free agent and Rob Gronkowski could re-retire. The Buccaneers will make a move to re-sign Godwin, but even if they do, Williams is a game-breaker Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich would love to scheme up.

I like this fit, but the Buccaneers could really look at a lot of different prospects. Consider some of their impact players who are unsigned and the potential resulting holes: Ryan Jensen, Carlton Davis, Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones II, Jordan Whitehead, Alex Cappa, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ndamukong Suh and William Gholston.

Fox Sports - Rob Rang (2/16)

27. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

As if the retirement of Tom Brady weren't enough, the Bucs are facing massive turnover at virtually every other position group, with 24 pending free agents. As such, this is a team that could take the "best player available" approach.

If Pickett -- the most polished quarterback in this class -- happens to fall to them, however, Bruce Arians might push for a reset at the position, even after the Bucs invested the 64th overall pick in Kyle Trask a year ago.

USA Today - Nate Davis (2/15)

27. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

Given the exodus it seems they're facing -- unless (for now) retired QB Tom Brady reverses himself -- the Bucs could go any number of directions in the draft. One could be reloading a wideout corps already devoid of Antonio Brown and maybe soon to lose 2021 franchise player Chris Godwin, Brady's top target last season. Olave's speed and smooth route running could make him a perfect complement to a rebounder like Evans, though both can find the end zone -- Olave with 32 TD catches in his last 33 games for the Buckeyes.

The Ringer - Danny Kelly (2/15)

27. Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

The Buccaneers badly need to add some depth to their secondary this offseason, particularly with Carlton Davis heading to free agency. Booth is a long, aggressive playmaker who'd pair well with Jamel Dean on the outside for Tampa Bay.

The Draft Scout - Matt Miller (2/14)

27. Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Tom Brady's replacement isn't on the board at pick No. 27 overall, but the Buccaneers have more than just quarterback to worry about. A young secondary propelled the defense to a Super Bowl in 2020 and GM Jason Licht must focus on churning the talent on the back end of his defense every year. McDuffie is a steal at pick No. 27 overall.

NFL.com - Chad Reuter (2/14)

27. Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College

The Bucs could lose erstwhile veteran center Ryan Jensen in free agency. Johnson proved at the Senior Bowl that he could make the move to the pivot without an issue, showing his pure strength and intelligence. His experience at left tackle and guard will help him become a leader on the line in no time.

PFF - Mike Renner (2/14)

27. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

The Bucs' receiving corps could quickly go from stacked to depleted this offseason. Olave has the kind of vertical ability to fit in Bruce Arians' offense.

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