Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3-Round Mock Draft

Tom Brady is back. Chris Godwin is around for the long-term. And, who knows, maybe Rob Gronkowski decides to return for one more season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay doesn’t have too many holes to fill on the roster, and the retirement and unretirement of Brady was one of the most important decisions of the offseason.

Nonetheless, the Buccaneers still don’t have Jason Pierre-Paul or Ndamukong Suh signed as of March 29, so they have some key areas to address in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Here is one way the Buccaneers could fill their roster during the draft.

Round 1, No. 27 overall: Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M

Alex Cappa signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, and Ali Marpet stunned everybody with an early retirement decision. So, the Buccaneers have a giant hole to fill on the offensive line.

Zion Johnson is the main target for Tampa Bay, but he goes just a couple of picks before this, and Kenyon Green is a stellar Plan B.

The Dallas Cowboys also desperately need offensive line help, and they grabbed Tyler Linerbaum in this mock draft, leaving Green to Tampa Bay as the obvious choice.

Green was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and started the majority of his career with the Aggies. He can play guard and tackle, giving the Buccaneers some much-needed flexibility and versatility, and he can come in on Day One and start and protect Tom Brady.

Round 2, No. 60 overall: Drake Jackson, EDGE, USC

For some reason, Drake Jackson is flying under the radar. The EDGE talent in this class is through the roof, and Jackson is somewhat forgotten.

Before the 2021 college football season, Jackson was widely regarded as a top-10 draft choice. But a 4-win campaign for the USC Trojans and an underwhelming season for Jackson have slid him pretty far down.

Nonetheless, the Buccaneers need help rushing the passer, especially if Jason Pierre-Paul doesn’t return in 2022. Jackson can provide immediate help and his athleticism is off the charts.

Round 3, No. 91 overall: Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame

The Buccaneers need to draft a running back, plain and simple. Ronald Jones signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and the only other back on the roster besides Leonard Fournette is Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Mel Kiper Jr. has Tampa Bay grabbing Breece Hall in the first round, but that is just way too early.

Instead, Tampa Bay waits until Round 3 and walks away with Notre Dame star Kyren Williams.

Williams was projected to be one of the top RBs in this group, but that was before a disappointing performance at the NFL Combine, although he made up for it a bit at his Pro Day.

Williams is a dynamic runner; look at his unbelievable 91-yard touchdown run against North Carolina during his final year in South Bend.

He is terrific in pass protection and would immediately become Fournette’s backup.

The Buccaneers add a lot of depth in the first three rounds, and with their eyes on a Super Bowl trip, they need to hit home runs with every single pick in 2022.

Stats Courtesy of Sports Reference

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