Why the Buccaneers need to trade 2022 NFL Draft picks

Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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It’s not like the Buccaneers have a ton of value in their upcoming picks, but they should still consider seeing what they can get for them on the market.

Buccaneers fans should not expect their team to trade up in the 2022 NFL Draft given the talent of this class. However, this franchise is not new to the idea of trading back and accumulating value for their picks.

This may not be the most popular strategy out there for fans that are looking for new Day One or Day Two picks to bolster the roster for Tom Brady’s likely final season, but accumulating picks for the future could be the much better move.

Let’s face it; there aren’t many needs for the Bucs right now. Tampa may like the idea of adding a corner in the draft, but nearly every other position could be available on similar deals in free agency.

The Buccaneers may see their lack of need now and uncertainty surrounding the future and decide to start hedging their bets for the future.

In an honest evaluation of this class, there is very little to fall in love with. The past two years have set a pretty high standard for talent, and this class is unlikely to meet those levels by a direct comparison. Finding a way to get a couple of extra 2023 picks is only saying that there are few needs now, and getting more shots at the class of 2023 is safer than in 2022.

This wouldn’t be the first time that the Bucs have made a determination like this. It makes sense that Tampa would like to start making some identity picks for Bowles during his first year as head coach, but it also makes sense to think that punting on this season and going all-in next year could pay off in a better way.

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