Buccaneers rookie that could make biggest jump in 2022

Robert Hainsey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Robert Hainsey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) /

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers left a lot to be desired with their 2021 draft class, but Robert Hainsey could make a huge jump during this offseason.

The Buccaneers have a lot of guys that will be departing in free agency. Keeping the band together after two playoff runs may prove to be too much for a team that was able to hold the unit together in part by some good grace created by Tom Brady, but all is not lost yet.

While the Buccaneers could lose a few high-profile names, they do have a few young guys that should be able to step into the starting roles as soon as the upcoming season.

Center Ryan Jensen is one of such players that could be leaving. Jensen is one of the best centers in the game and his free agent market could pay him very well to join a team that has a much bigger need and the cap space.

If Jensen departs, Robert Hainsey looks like the guy who could save the Buccaneers in that lead role.

Hainsey has spent the past season learning the ropes with the Bucs as he moved from tackle to center, and the results have been promising.

With the 2021 class looking so weak for the Buccaneers after a disappointing rookie campaign, Hainsey has the potential to change the narrative on the class by emerging as a starter in 2022.

Not to diminish the position, but it is much easier for a young guy to replace an interior lineman than it is to replace a tackle. Jensen was great, but Tampa saw what a guy like Alex Cappa could do on his right, and this could make it easier to stomach the idea of moving on from an All-Pro talent to a guy on a rookie deal.

We still have time to see, but Robert Hainsey is certainly a name to keep an eye on this offseason.

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