The fourth-round pick for Tampa Bay is being used on tight end Adam Trautman out of Dayton. This move should likely only be made if the Buccaneers do trade away one part of the duo that is Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard, and as of now, that is still a possibility.
The Buccaneers are paying a lot of money to Cameron Brate while O.J. Howard underperformed in 2019 meaning either player could be on the chopping block as the Bucs could easily get decent compensation for either player.
Adam Trautman would be an excellent replacement for either player and would likely be a steal in the fourth round as he will likely move up higher on most teams’ draft boards before April comes around.
Trautman has generally flown under the radar for most people but has secretly put together one of the best tapes for a tight end in this draft class. Trautman’s 2019 was as impressive as anyone’s with 70 receptions for 916 yards and 14 touchdowns.
If the Buccaneers move on from Cameron Brate, Adam Trautman would come in and likely serve as the second tight end on day one. As a pass-catcher, both of these tight ends are very similar but Trautman does need to improve his blocking.
While many fans may not be as excited about a pick on a tight end, the Buccaneers run enough 12 personnel sets to warrant a draft pick to maintain a certain level of success.