Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup 5.0
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 - Hanson (3/11)
27. Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College
Not only did Ali Marpet recently retire, but Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa and Aaron Stinnie will soon reach free agency. A transfer from Davidson, Johnson was a three-year starter for the Eagles and has experience at both left tackle and guard. In addition, he displayed increased versatility at the Senior Bowl by taking snaps at center. Johnson would become a plug-and-play starter for a team that could be searching for a starter at all three interior offensive line spots.
CBS Sports - Fornelli (3/11)
27. Carson Strong, QB, Nevada
If you look at Bruce Arians' history as a coach before Tom Brady entered his life, he certainly had a type of QB. Whether we're talking Ben Roethlisberger or Carson Palmer, Arians has had success with QBs who might not be mobile but aren't afraid to stand in the pocket and use a powerful arm to push the ball vertically down the field. That's precisely who Strong is. Whether or not Tampa wants to use this pick on a QB is certainly up for debate, but it's a fit.
San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (3/10)
27. David Ojabo, EDGE, Michigan
Obviously, quarterback is an issue after Tom Brady's retirement, but Jason Pierre-Paul, William Gholston and Ndamukong Suh are all free agents. After playing only 26 snaps for the Wolverines before his junior year, Ojabo was a revelation this season with 11 sacks and five forced fumbles. He has a surprising amount of moves for someone who has only been playing football for less than five years -- he grew up playing soccer in Scotland. Ojabo will need some refinement to go with his impressive traits, but an impressive performance in Indy could lead to him being selected in the top-half of the first round.
The Draft Network - Crabbs (3/9)
27. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
With the return of Chris Godwin on the franchise tag (again), Tampa is suddenly in the market for a new pick. In the front seven, the Buccaneers are prepping to see Ndamukong Suh, Vernon Gholston, and Jason Pierre-Paul all hit free agency. So with Tennessee now picking Drake London, we're going to lock in a very good scheme/system fit for Tampa Bay here at No. 27 overall.
ESPN - McShay (3/9)
27. Kenyon Green, IOL, Texas A&M
These aren't the Buccaneers you remember from the Super Bowl two seasons ago. Tom Brady is gone, and much of the roster faces free agency. It's still very unclear who will be the quarterback in 2022, but I don't see Tampa Bay taking the draft route to fix it. It already has a developmental signal-caller in Kyle Trask, so why burn a Day 1 pick on another when you have so many other issues? One of those issues is the middle of the offensive line, where guard Ali Marpet just retired and guard Alex Cappa and center Ryan Jensen are primed for free agency. Green is versatile and can immediately step in.
Running back and tight end are two other positions to look at, but neither has a true first-rounder in the class. I love Colorado State tight end Trey McBride's tape, and both Breece Hall (Iowa State) and Kenneth Walker III (Michigan State) can be impact running backs at the next level, but I'm waiting for Day 2 on all three of them.
NFL.com - Zierlein (3/8)
27. Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College
The sudden retirement of Ali Marpet -- as well as potential free-agent losses along the interior -- could make Johnson a perfect match for the Bucs.
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (3/8)
27. Devonte Wyatt, IDL, Georgia
Wide receiver might have been in the mix for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at this spot, but with news that the Buccaneers are going to either sign Chris Godwin to a long-term extension, or use the franchise tage on him to bring him back for another season, they can look to the defensive side of the football.
And they can add in Devonte Wyatt, the other Georgia defensive tackle, who brings this
to the table.
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