Top 5 Prospects For Tampa Bay Buccaneers In The NFL Draft 2022
Who Can The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Add To Their Roster To Bring Home A Second Super Bowl In 3 Years?
The sports journalists have barely recovered from their Super Bowl hangover before they have to start thinking about the trading window and the draft.
Because Tom Brady had announced his retirement, all the talk was about who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would bring on as a quarterback. However, seeing as he has returned to the team for at least one more season – their draft picks in 2022 are going to be looking very different.
There are three main areas that we think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to focus on in the Draft this season – wide receivers, offensive linemen, and cornerbacks.
They do have good players in all of these positions, but their squad could definitely benefit from more depth in these areas.
There has never been a better year to add more CBs to the roster, as there are a large amount of top quality CBs in this year’s Draft class.
Today, we will be taking a look at the 5 best Draft prospects for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season.
#1 – Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
After a pretty good 2021-22 season, the Bucs have the 27th pick in the first round.
If the Bucs are smart, they will make their first choice Roger McCreary of Auburn. Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean only have one more year left on their contracts. So, they will need to start rebuilding their corner players if just in case.
The good news for them is that there are several strong cornerbacks in the class of 2022.
And they don’t really come much better than McCreary. His coaches have had a lot of praise for his mental and physical abilities. Plus in the SEC this year, no one came close to playing CB as well as he did.
#2 – Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama
No one missed Antonio Brown’s departure from the Bucs this season and some people have started questioning the amount of depth that the Bucs have in this area.
They do have Mike Evans, and there are also some rumors that Chris Goodwin will be returning to the team in the new season. But they would benefit from at least one more top quality WR.
The Bucs will be lucky if Williams hasn’t been picked by their second round (assuming that they are going with McCarey for their first choice) but he would be a very good option for their squad.
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#3 – Zion Johnson, OL, Boston College
Offensive Linesman is another position that the Bucs are going to need to stock up on this year if they want to maintain their squad depth. Ryan Jensen and Alex Cappa’s contracts are going to end after the 2022-23 season.
They do have Aaron Stinnie but they could do with at least one other skilled Linesman. The good news is that there are a few of those in this draft. Including Boston College’s Zion Johnson.
Johnson is not predicted to be picked early on, but we think that the Bucs should go after him. He is definitely very underestimated and could be a huge boon to their team if they find the right setup for him.
#4 – Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
We already talked about the fact that the Bucs need to bolster their corner players. And we did mention that there were quite a few talented CBs in this class – Kaiir Elam is more evidence of this.
Elam was put up against some of the best pass-catchers in the country this season and he did himself proudly. He didn’t play as well McCreary, but very few CBs in the whole NCAAF did.
Florida didn’t have a great season, but Elam was by far one of the highlights in their team. Don’t let the team’s record put you off Elam because that record really doesn’t reflect what a good season he had.
#5 – Jahan Dotson, WR, Penn State
Our final recommendation for the team at the Bucs this year is Jahan Dotson – one of Penn State’s WRs.
Dotson is currently smaller than the average WR – but then a certain Tom Brady was very small when he joined the NFL. If Dotson is able to bulk up a little bit then he could be a real asset to the team.
He already has the skill and the speed – but he could do with a little more power. He is light on his feet and an explosive runner, if the opposition spends half a second not watching him he will make them pay for it.
He will be in good company if he does come to Tampa Bay, as both Evans and Goodwins are Penn State alumni.
Now that Tom Brady has returned to the Buccaneers and there are rumors that some players will be moving over from the Patriots to the Bucs – the Draft is going to look very different for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year.